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Renewing your driver’s license in California is made so easy with the various options offered by the California DMV, all of which 4dmv.com can ensure you are able to access with the most direction possible. You don’t have to wonder what your renewal notice means or what to do with it, or even be surprised by costs incurred, as 4dmv.com can detail the processes and costs, a`s well as the method of renewing your license no matter whether this is your first time or fifth.

When is Renewal of Your License Necessary?

You will only renew your California driver’s license every 4 years when it expires, at which time you will receive your California license renewal notice in the mail. This notice is going to specify the need for re-examination or whether or not you are eligible for mail-in renewal.

Renewing California Driver’s License

If you find that you are not eligible for renewal by mail, you must report to the DMV office near you in order to renew your license properly. Finding an office near you is easy, with the field office directory found at DMV Public Offices by Location and a regional field office locator map found at California Field Office Locator.

  • Making an appointment for your renewal is by no means a requirement, but if you want to avoid a time-consuming wait in the DMV office, you will want to schedule an appointment before you go. Scheduling your appointment is very easy, able to be done by phone at 1-800-777-0133 or online at Appointment System; with 3 links to choose the appointment you need to schedule.
  • Bring with you the appropriate application, DL 44 which must be an original provided by the California DMV either in-person or by phone, completed, as well as your renewal license and your $31 renewal fee. If you find that your renewal requires that you retake the driving or written exam, you will be required to complete testing before your California license renewal is complete.
  • If you find that you are eligible to renew your California license by mail, you can also renew online by visiting Driver License / Identification Card Renewal. You will be given onscreen instructions to follow in order to complete your renewal, which only requires your unique Renewal Identification Number and a verified SSN confirmed within DMV records. Any changes of address or name will require that you report in office for the renewal.
  • If you decide that you want to complete your renewal by mail, you will simply remove the renewal stub from the notice, attach your $31 fee and send to:
  • California Department of Motor Vehicles
    ATTN: Renewal by Mail Unit
    P.O. Box 942890
    Sacramento, CA 94290

Registering to Vote

If you renew your California driver’s license online or by mail, you won’t be asked whether you would like to register to vote, as you would if you renewed in-person. Instead, you can visit Voter Registration. Registering to vote is easy, but not required, however, you will not be able to vote in any elections until you have properly registered. If you renew your license in person, you will have the opportunity to register to vote, as well as become an organ donor.

Getting Your Renewed California License

Much like getting your new California license, you are only provided with an interim driver’s license for a period of 90 days while your new license is processed and sent to you by mail. If you find that you haven’t received your new photo license after 60 days from your renewal, you may want to call and check the status of the application at 1-800-777-0133. Be sure to confirm your home address or mailing address as well.


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