Renewing your driver’s license

When does your driver’s license expire? The date is located above your photograph on the pocket-sized document that proves you have the privilege of operating a motor vehicle. But just in case you forget, the California Department of Motor Vehicles will send you a reminder notice about 60 days before your license expires. You may renew up to 60 days prior to your expiration date. Depending on the information on your notice, renewal can be made by mail or online. Read your notice carefully, though. It may tell you it’s time to go to the DMV office to take the written test and pose for a new photo, said Armando Botello, spokesman for the state agency. “You may renew it twice on line or by mail,” he said. “In other words, if you received your original license in 1995, you were able to renew it on line or by mail in 2000 and in 2005. However, the third time you must go in person, you’ll get a new photo taken and you must take a short written exam.” The class-C driver license, as well as those for class-M1 and M2 motorcycle and motor scooter driver licenses, costs $31, but make sure to pay the amount entered on your renewal notice. If you lose your license or it is stolen, you may not get a new one online. You must report to a DMV office. For reduced wait time, making appointments for in-office driver license renewal is highly recommended, Botello said.
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