Renewing Your Nevada DMV Drivers License
In the state of Nevada, your drivers license must be current for you to drive a vehicle. It is important that you renew your drivers license if you want to continue driving legally.
How to Renew a Drivers License
If your address is up-to-date with the DMV you will receive a postcard notifying you that your drivers license is about to expire. This postcard will let you know if you can renew online or if you need to renew in person at your local DMV office. If you have received a postcard asking you to renew in person, you must do so.
If you are told you can do so, you may be able to renew online, at a DMV kiosk, or by mail. In order to do one of these options you must have obtained your license or renewed in person within the last 4 years, be at least 20 years old on your next birthday and were born in an odd numbered year. You must not have had more than two moving violations or any license suspension, revocation, cancellation or denial within the last 4 years.
If you do not meet these qualifications, you must renew in person at a Nevada DMV office. Those born in even-numbered years must renew in person.
You may be required to take written and/or skills tests depending on your driving history. All drivers are required to renew in person at least once every 8 years.
What Happens If You Don’t Renew in Time?
If you miss your renewal date for your Nevada drivers license there is still time to renew. If you have received a postcard informing you that you need to renew in person then you need to renew your license at the DMV office.
If your license is expired for less than 30 days, you may renew in person or by mail without an added fee. If your license has been expired 31 days or more, you are required to renew in person at a DMV office. A $10 late fee will apply.
If your license has been expired one year or more, you must renew in person and you will have to show Proof of Identity and take the written test. If your license has been expired for four years or more, you will also have to take the skills test.
You may renew your Nevada state license at any time. If you would like to renew your license well before the expiration date you will need to renew in person at a DMV office. This is suggested if you will be leaving the state for an extended period of time.
When your license is up for renewal you will receive a postcard in the mail. This postcard from the Nevada DMV will inform you if you can renew via kiosk, online, mail, or if you will need to renew your license in person.
An in-person renewal and knowledge test is required if you have had more than two moving violations or any license suspension, revocation, cancellation or denial within the last 4 years. You may also be required to pass a driving skills test.
Nevada is now switching to an eight-year license.
If you were born in an even-numbered year, you will receive an eight-year license at your next renewal. You must renew in person at a DMV office. The fee is $41.25.
If you were born in an odd-numbered year, you will receive a four-year license at any renewal through 2017. You may be eligible to renew by internet, mail or kiosk. The fee is $22.25. You will receive an 8-year license with your renewal in 2018 or later.
What to Bring or Prepare
When renewing your Nevada state drivers license you will need your identification, and payment for the fees. You may use your current state license as your ID. No other documentation is necessary.
- A four year license renewal is $22.25
- A new eight year license renewal fee is $41.25
If you renew your license 31 days or more after it expires there is an additional $10.00 fee
Change of Address
If you have moved since your last renewal, you will need to bring a completed change of address form. You can also do this online, at a kiosk or by mail.
List of Acceptable Documents for Identification
The only identification necessary to renew your Nevada state drivers license is your current license. If for some reason you are unable to produce this, you will need a proof of identity and a document for proof of Social Security number.
These are acceptable forms of proof of identity:
- State-issued birth certificate (original or certified copy)
- Valid, unexpired U. S. passport or passport card
- Nevada Department of Corrections Identification Card
These are acceptable forms of proof of Social Security:
- Social Security card
- IRS Form 1099
- IRS Form 1099A
- Paystub with Social Security number listed
If you are in the military, or know that you will be out of the state of Nevada for an extended period of time, it is suggested that you renew your driver’s license before you leave. You may renew your license at any time, not just when it is about to expire.
In order to renew early, you will need to visit a DMV office in person. You may visit any DMV office regardless of your city or county of residence.
Nevada does not grant automatic extensions to military members, spouses or dependents. However, active duty members of the U.S. Armed Forces, federal employees and their spouses and dependents may renew by mail continually.
You may renew by mail if you have all of these requirements:
- You are an active duty military member, an employee of the federal government, or their spouse or dependent.
- Your legal state of residence is Nevada.
- You have an out-of-state mailing address.
- Your license or driving privilege is not suspended, revoked, canceled or denied in any state.
- Your license is not a commercial driver license.
- Your license is current or has been expired for less than two (2) years.
- You will need to mail the Application for Nevada Driver License by Mail (DMV 204) to the DMV if you are a member of the military renewing by mail –
- You must have the eye exam completed. Applicants age 71 and older must complete the physical exam.
- Leave and Earnings Statement or federal employment record.
- This must indicate Nevada as your legal state of residence.
- Check, money order or Credit Card Authorization (VP 205).
- See Driver License Fees to determine the correct fees. You are not charged late fees.
- Change of Address Notification (DMV 22) if needed.
Recently-discharged military members, members on normal reserve duty, employees of federal contractors or spouses and dependents of any of these must follow the normal renewal requirements.
It is your responsibility to renew your license on time whether you receive a notice or not. Keep your address current with the Nevada DMV to be sure you receive your notice.