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North Carolina Drivers License Renewal

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Renewing your Driver License

If your driver's license is about to expire, you need to act now. Renewing your license before it's too late can save you a lot of time and money. Our staff has researched the driver's license renewal process for every state, so all the information you need is right here at your fingertips. Click "Continue" below to get started..



Driver's License Renewal in North Carolina

How to renew your North Carolina driver's license


In North Carolina your driver's license is valid for a certain amount of years depending on your age, if you are between the ages of 18-53 your driver's license is valid for 8 years. However if you are 54 years of age or older, your driver's license is only valid for 5 years. Driving without a valid driver's license is illegal, so make sure you are aware of when you will need to replace your North Carolina driver's license.

When it is time to renew your North Carolina driver's license, remember you can only renew in person, and in certain circumstances you may renew your North Carolina driver's license by mail. Unfortunately right now you can not renew your North Carolina driver's license online.

To renew your North Carolina driver's license in the mail you have to be temporarily living outside of North Carolina for at least 30 days. You may also renew your North Carolina driver's license by mail if you are an active member of the armed forces (or a family member) and stationed outside of North Carolina for any length of time

For renewal related questions, call (919) 715-7000.

To renew your North Carolina driver's license in person:

  • Be sure to bring your license with you to the driver's license office.
  • If the Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) doesn't have your Social Security number already on file, you must provide your Social Security card.
  • Pass a vision test. You may need to brush up on your road sign test skills; review this page for some study time. Click on the practice test page and chose the Traffic Sign Test option.
  • Pass a traffic sign recognition test.
  • Pay the renewal fees.