Delaware Licenses can be renewed at any Division of Motor Vehicle facility. Renewal reminders are mailed to each driver approximately 60 days before the expiration date (driver's birthday). Commercial driver license (CDL) holders may only be renewed within 30 days prior to their expiration. All other drivers are eligible to renew up to 180 days prior to their expiration. The renewal fee is for a five-year license *. A late fee is charged if the renewal takes place after the expiration date. You must turn in your previously issued license, fill out an application and pass an eye-screen test. Written and road tests may be given, but they are normally waived. If you are obtaining a federally compliant driver license, please review the CHECKLIST to be sure you bring all of the required documentation for a one time revalidation. If you keep a motorcycle endorsement the fee is increased by . You may renew at any time during the 6 month period prior to the expiration of your license.**
Find out more about the federally compliant driver license and identification cards.
*Effective January 1, 2012, the Delaware Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) will begin issuing 8-year driver licenses to decrease the frequency customers will need to renew. In order to evenly distribute customer volume, the DMV reserves the right to renew driver licenses for less than 8 years.
Driver licenses will be issued for a minimum of 5 years (with the exception of Immigration length of stay) and will not exceed 8 years. As of December 12, 2016, all driver licenses will be issued for 8 years.
The expiration date of a Delaware driver license is completely randomized and will expire on the applicant’s birth date.
The fee for a 5-year driver license is and will increase at a rate of $5 per year, not to exceed 8 years. See chart below.
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** The fee for motorcycle endorsements are for a 5-year endorsement and for an 8-year endorsement. Motorcycle endorsements are not available for 6-year or 7-year endorsements.
Sample of Forms:Driver's License Instruction
The Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV), in cooperation with the Social Security Administration (SSA), will use Social Security Number On-Line Verification (SSOLV) to verify Social Security numbers by matching Delaware driver license records with the records of the SSA. If, during this verification process, the SSA reports to us that your name, date of birth and/or social security number does not match with the information in our files, DMV may not renew a driver license. For more information on SSOLV click here.