Texas driver’s license requirements are strict. You cannot obtain a driver’s license until you reach your sixteenth birthday and pass the driver’s test or have an official passing grade and documentation from your local driver’s education class. If you are older than 16, you can obtain your license anytime you choose if you decided not to get it when you were 16 or you didn’t have your permit for the mandatory length of time prior to turning 16. Once you’re issued a license in Texas, it’s up to you to renew it when the time comes. You will not receive reminders or a new license in the mail. You handle this yourself, and understanding the renewal process is helpful.
All Licenses Expire
Your Texas license is not valid forever. You must renew drivers license photos and information on or before your 18th birthday if you have a license before you are 18. The length of time your old license is valid depends on when you get your license. It’s good for two years if you get it on your sixteenth birthday. It’s good for two weeks if you get it before your eighteenth birthday. You must know this when you obtain a license for the first time.
If you are over 18, you must renew drivers license information every six years as your license always expires six years to the day after it’s renewed. However, the requirements for renewing your license change when you reach 85 years of age. Your license expires every two years following this birthday. Once it’s time to renew your license, how you do it depends on the status of your license.
Valid License Two Years Before to Two Years After Expiration Date
If you are within two years of the expiration date of your license in either direction, this is how you renew your license.
- In person
- Through the mail
- Over the phone
There are a few exceptions. If your previous license was renewed any way other than in person, you must go into the DMV to renew this license to have a new photo taken. Anyone over 79 must renew in person because of vision test requirements at the DMV.
Expired License Two Years or More Past Expiration Date
If your license expired more than two years ago, you cannot renew it. You have to take a new test on the road, on paper, and you must apply for a brand-new license. It’s a stressful situation, so be sure you keep an eye on the expiration date on your license to ensure this doesn’t happen to you.
Lost, Stolen, Damaged Licenses
It happens, but it’s unfortunate. All you need to do to renew this license is the same thing you would a valid license. If you don’t know the license number and the audit number on your license, however, you must request a replacement license from the DMV and then renew it once it arrives.
Renewing Your License
To renew your license online, simply visit the Driver License Renewal and Change of Address website at the Texas DMV website. You must be able to print a temporary license until your new one arrives in the mail.
To renew your license over the phone, call 866-357-3639. To renew in person, just go to any DMV offices.
To renew in any capacity, you must be able to provide the following information.
- Your driver’s license number
- Audit number
- Date of birth
- Last four digits of your Social Security Number
The cost of renewing your license in Texas depends on where you live, how old you are, and what kind of license you have. If you choose to mail your renewal after downloading the renewal form online, just mail it to the address in the instructions.
If you don’t remember to renew your license prior to the expiration date, remember you have the opportunity to do so up to two years following the expiration date. If you wait any longer, you are no longer a license holder in this state and you must apply for a brand-new license. It’s like being a teenager all over again, but without the excitement of finally being able to drive.