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How to renew your license

Renewal step-by-step

Renewing your New Jersey driver license can be quick and easy if you prepare ahead. Follow these four steps to learn everything you need to know, such as:

  • You can renew in person; follow special instructions if you are out of the state for an extended period and unable to appear in person
  • You need to show several forms of ID
  • You can renew up to six months in advance*

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Mail-in Renewals: Skip the Trip

Many Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) customers are now eligible* to skip the trip to an agency and can conveniently renew their driver licenses or non-driver IDs through the mail.
                             
Eligible customers will be mailed renewal materials along with instructions. Upon completion of the renewal process, the customer will be mailed a new, four-year photo document (using the photo and signature currently on file) within 10 business days after receipt of your payment. Customers are advised not to wait until the last day of their renewal month to renew by mail as they may not receive their new document prior to expiration.

Skip the Trip Frequently Asked Questions [pdf]

Note: Customers who are eligible for mail-in renewal and choose to visit an MVC agency instead will be required to present 6 Points of Identification and have a new photo and signature captured.

*Customers who possess a Commercial Driver License (CDL) or Graduated Driver License (GDL), have an active suspension, have a Temporary Visa Restriction (TVR), have a boat license or boat endorsement, if you are required to have an ignition interlock device on your vehicle, or we require a new photo to be taken in-person, you are not eligible to renew through the mail at this time.