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Ensuring that your New York driver's license is valid at all times is absolutely necessary for driving within the state. Why? Well, in New York, it is a crime to drive with an expired license as the license is no longer valid. If your license expires and you fail to renew it, you just won't be able to drive in New York anymore. With the New York DMV, however, keeping your license valid is no problem as the renewal process is extremely simple and can even provide the service online.

Before you even begin the New York license renewal process, remember that you will need to prove that you still have current car insurance before your renewal is approved. If you need a new insurance policy, visit 4dmv.com's New York insurance center online.

When you receive your new license in New York, you are typically given between 4 and 5 years before the license expires. However, you can renew your license up to a year before it actually expires, which helps you to ensure there are no lapses in the validity of your license. You are also able to get your license renewed as much as 2 years after expiration, but you want to ensure that you maintain a current license at all times. Once your renewal is received, you are given another 8 years before your license again expires.

  • In order to renew your license, you don't always have to report to the DMV in-office. While you have the option to renew your license in person, you can also choose to do so by mail or in person.
  • If you aren't quite sure whether your license has expired or not, your New York driver's record can be a great source of license information, showing your status and the expiration date of the license.
  • Renewing commercial licenses in New York may call for a different process, which you should determine before starting.
  • Even if your license is expired when you decide to begin the renewal process, you are given the same options to renew either in-person, online, or by postal mail.

If Your License is Suspended

If you check your driver's record and find that your license is suspended, or if you have received a notice from the New York DMV stating that your license has been suspended, you can often times simply pay your suspension fees and receive your new license, which can also be done online. The details to this process can be obtained from the suspension notice you receive when your license is eligible to be reinstated.

  • After you receive a suspension on your driver's record, your insurance rates will definitely increase a bit. Unfortunately, there is no definite increase, as it can be different from one provider to the next.
  • Your New York License Renewal Notice
  • You will receive a license renewal notice between 45 and 60 days prior to your license or ID card expiring. It is important that you have the right address documented with the DMV because this notice will be sent to the address on file.

NY License Renewal Online

While the New York DMV offers license renewal online, you must first meet the right criteria before this method is possible for you. In order to renew your NY license online, the following must pertain to you:

  • You must complete and pass the DMV administered vision test or obtain a completed Form MV-619 signed by an eye doctor.
  • Your address must be the same as when you last obtained your license.
  • You must be renewing no more than 1 year before or 2 years after your license expiration date.
  • You must have a U.S. based mailing address, even if you currently posted within a military base.
  • You must have your Social Security on record at the DMV.
  • You cannot be incarcerated at the time you are renewing, your license must be current and valid, your license cannot be restricted or conditional, you cannot be currently participating in the IID program, and your license cannot state “Valid W/O Photo”.

If you want to see what other restrictions are applied to online license renewals in New York. you can visit to find that you meet the necessary qualifications for online renewal, to complete the process.

Your will need to pay the appropriate Renewal fee by credit card, which can be determined,  and you will receive your new license by mail in no more than 4 weeks with your previously taken license photo and signature applied.

Renew NY License by Mail

In order to renew your license by mail, you will complete the following process:

  1. Have your eye doctor complete Form MV-619.
  2. Complete and sign your renewal application, which is included in your renewal notice, or complete and sign Form MV-44.
  3. Attach all forms and your renewal fee, sending all documents to:

            DMV License Production Bureau

            Room 223

            6 Empire State Plaza

            Albany, NY 12228

This address is only able to be used for postal mail-ins, while you must use the following address for any express mail, UPS, FedEx, or other services:

            DMV License Production Bureau

            Room 223

            6 Empire State Plaza

            Albany, NY 12228

You will receive your new license by mail within 4 weeks from your application receipt by the DMV, which will also contain your previously taken photo and signature used on your last issued license.

Renewing Your License In-Office

If you decide that you rather go in-person to the DMV or if you aren't able to renew online for any reason, you can first find a local DMV office by visiting Departmnet of Motor Vehicles.

  1. Bring your renewal form you received in the mail, or complete the application Form MV-44. For ID renewals, you will also need your Social Security card as well.
  2. Pass your vision exam, or provide the DMV with a completed Form MV-619.
  3. Pay your renewal fee determined by the DMV.

Improving Driving Skills

If you feel that your driving could be improved or if you have gotten some tickets or traffic points under your belt, you can find a New York traffic school course, or NY defensive driving course, which could remove your points, if they are eligible. You can also improve your driving skills to ensure that you are remaining up-to-date with the driver's rules in New York. This can also reduce your insurance rates which can save you a great deal of money each month and year.


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