As a motorist, one thing that you have to do is make sure your driving license is always in date. You will receive notification when your drivers license renewal is due and it is worth putting a note in your diary right away. If your license goes past the expiry date, the renewal process can be far more time consuming and challenging so it is best to act quickly once you receive your renewal notice in the post.
The first thing you need to determine is how and where you can renew your license, as this can vary based on the state you live in. In some cases, you will have the option to renew your license by post or in person at the DMV office. However, in some states you may have the added option of sorting out your renewal online, which is far quicker and more convenient. This is something that you should check on as quickly as possible, as you will need to put aside more time if you have to renew by mail or in person.
You also need to determine the documents that you need in order to renew your license. There is a list of documents that you will need to have available when you are sorting out your renewal. This includes:
- Your current license, which in some cases may be the only ID you need. This does vary from state to state, so you will need to check on the rules for your particular state
- Your social security number and full legal name
- Proof of ID and date or birth (unless your state accepts your existing license)
- Proof of residency
You also need to bear in mind that you may need additional proofs and documentation depending on your situation. For example, if you have had a name change you will need to provide proof and details of this.
Why you should take action early
Some people leave their renewal until the last minute and are then left in a panic trying to sort their license out. You need to bear in mind that if you let your license expire before renewing it, you may be required to take another theory and practical test to get your license again. This is obviously something that most people would prefer to avoid, so the quicker you act in terms of getting your renewal sorted, the less hassle it will be for you. Again, whether or not you have to retake your theory and practical tests for an expired license can differ from state to state, so this is something that you will need to check on in the event your license has gone past the expiry date. It can also vary based on how long ago your license expired.
If you have any doubts as to what you need to do for your renewal, there are plenty of resources available that can help you online.