Renewing Your New York DMV Drivers License
It’s pretty easy to forget to renew your New York drivers license. Because it doesn’t expire every year, many people simply don’t keep track of their renewal date – and sometimes that can make renewing an NY license a real hassle. While we can’t remember that date for you, we can tell you the different NY DMV license renewal options and make it easy for you to keep your license up to date and valid.
NY Drivers License Renewal Deadlines
While everyone’s license has a different expiration date, there are a couple of timeframes that you’ll need to be aware of. First, you’re allowed to renew your license up to one year before the expiration date. You can also renew your license for up to 2 years after it expires – but keep in mind that once it does expire, it’s an invalid license and driving with it could lead to tickets and fines. If you go for more than 2 years without renewing your expired license, you can’t renew it – you’ll need to apply for a new license. (You’re also not allowed to renew a suspended or revoked license, nor are you allowed to renew a learners permit.)
If you renew your license 41 days or more before your 21st birthday, your license will have “UNDER 21” written on it (as a heads-up to anyone who may be able to sell you liquor). To spare yourself from unnecessary scrutiny once you reach the state’s legal drinking age, if you can you may want to wait until after you turn 21 to renew your license.
NY DMV License Renewal – Online
The easiest way to renew your NY drivers license is by doing it online. Most New Yorkers will be able to do this; you can renew your license online at the New York DMV Renew License webpage. Before you do, however, you’ll need to pass a vision test. You don’t have to go to a DMV office to do this; you can actually visit a DMV-approved vision test provider, who’ll give you your test and then electronically submit the results directly to the New York DMV. For a complete list of participating providers and additional information, visit the New York DMV Vision Registry Locator webpage.
When You’ll Need to Renew Your NY License at a DMV Office
There are some exceptions to online renewal. Holders of New York Commercial Drivers Licenses can only renew their CDL at a DMV office. Other reasons that require you to renew your license at a DMV office include:
- You want to convert to an enhanced driver license (EDL)
- You have a conditional or restricted license
- You have a driver license that displays the words “VALID WITHOUT PHOTO”
- You want a new photo
- You currently participate in the ignition interlock device program
- You hold a Temporary Visitor license that has expired, and you have proof of an extension from the INS
To find the DMV office closest to you, visit the New York DMV Office Locations page. But don’t rush out the door just yet! Before you head to the DMV, you may be able to save yourself some time by making a reservation. The New York DMV Reservations page has a list of offices that allow you to do so. To find the DMV office closest to you, visit the New York DMV Office Locations page