The California Registry of Motor Vehicles is responsible for all vehicle matters in the State of California including issuing driving licenses. The California DMV is also the regulator for car dealerships, cargo carriers, driving and traffic schools.
Unlike New York state where many residents use public transportation, most Californians prefer to drive. Therefore, if you live in California your driving license had better be in order.
It is important to regularly check the expiration date on your driving license or risk facing stiff penalties from law enforcement. It is prudent to renew your license a significant time before it expires.
You have three options available to you when it comes to renewing your driving license:
Renewing your license in person
You can renew your license in person through the following steps:
Give the DMV the proper address where you can receive your license and other DMV related documents. Check the address they have on file and see if it's correct.
After you successfully pass the test you will be awarded a 90 day interim driving license. Your photo license will arrive in the mail later. If you don't receive your license in 60 days, you should contact the DMV.
Renewing license by mail
You can renew your California state driving license by mail if you fulfill certain requirements. For starters, your driving license expiration date should be at least 60 days away. Moreover, you need to ensure that you won't be over 70 years old by your driving license expiry date.
To be eligible to renew your license via mail, you should not be in any sort of driving suspension or probation. You also should not have disobeyed any court order in the past couple of years.
You should not have a driving license from any other state nor received two consecutive license extensions via mail in the pas t 10 years to be able to renew your license via mail.
If you are eligible, you should fill a California DL 410 FO form and send it to the DMV along with the renewal fee. The DMV's address is on their website.
Renewing license online
Renewing you license online is probably the fastest and most convenient way to do so. You need to have a verified Social Security Number on file with the DMV, valid credit card and a good internet connection.
To renew your license online follow these steps:
If you have any problems renewing your license through the above methods contact the DMV. You can find their contact information on GetHuman.
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