Q. How do I change my address on a license or ID card?

A: After changing your Delaware address, you have thirty (30) days to notify both the Vehicle Registration and Driver's License Sections of the Division of Motor Vehicles. Write to the Division of Motor Vehicles, Driver License Section, P.O. Box 698, Dover, Delaware 19903. Give us the number of your driver's license, your name as it appears on the license and your new address. We will change our records. To change your license document, you must come into any of our facilities and we will replace your license at no cost. (See the Vehicle Equipment, Titles, Registration and Insurance Section for changing the address on your vehicle registration.)
 

Q. How do I change my name on a license or ID card?

A: Within 30 days after legally changing your name, you must personally go to an office of the Division to change the name on your license. Bring in your old driver's license and the marriage certificate or court document as evidence of the name change. The Division will issue you a new license for $1.15.

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. For this reason, your name change must be processed with the SSA prior to changing the name on your Delaware driver license. After you change the information with the SSA, please allow 48 hours before visiting DMV. The SSA needs this time to fully update its database. If during the verification process, the SSA reports to us that your name, date of birth and/or social security number does not match with the information on the document as evidence of a name change, DMV may not process the name change on your driver license or identification card.
 

Q. How do I renew my license or identification card?

A: Delaware Licenses can be renewed at any Division of Motor Vehicle facility. Renewal reminders are mailed to each driver approximately 6o days before the expiration date (driver's birthday). Please refer to the renewal changes for fees. A $1.15 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 have a motorcycle endorsement, the fees are $8.00 for a 5-year endorsement and $12.00 for an 8-year endorsement, and is valid for the same period as the license.  Motorcycle endorsements are not available for 6-year or 7-year endorsements. You may renew at any time during the 6 month period prior to the expiration of your license.
 

Q. My License or Identification card was lost or stolen. How do I get it replaced?

A: If your license is lost, stolen or destroyed, you may apply to the Division for a duplicate license which will be issued for a fee of $10.00. You must bring in three (3) identification documents of which one must have your signature on it. (See Required Document Table.)
 

Q. My License was lost or stolen and I am away from Delaware. How do I get it replaced?

A: Non-Military Requests For Driving Authority

Delaware will provide a non-military individual with temporary driving authority for a period not to exceed 6 months if the individual's license has been lost, stolen, or is expiring.

The following information must be provided:

  1. Name in full.
  2. Date of birth.
  3. Social Security Number.
  4. Driver license number.
  5. Delaware address.
  6. Reason for being out-of-state.
  7. Date of return to Delaware.
  8. Place of birth (city, state, and country).
    **If you were born outside of the US, please call 302.744.2506 for additional information.**
  9. Current contact phone number.
  10. Fax number or e-mail address to send temporary to.
  11. Signature.
The above-required information should be faxed to: 302.739.2602, Attn: Driver License.
 

Q. How do I get an identification card?

A: The fee for an identification card is $20.00, and it expires 4 years from the applicant's next birthday. The applicant must be a Delaware resident and present documents as required by the Required Documentation Table.
 

Q. How do I renew if I'm in the military and living in another state or country?

A: Active Duty Military Personnel and Department of Defense Employees License Requests

In order to better serve our military customers, the Delaware Division of Motor Vehicles permits active duty military personnel, Department of Defense contractors and civilian employees of the military, and their dependents that are stationed or have been deployed outside of the State of Delaware to renew their driver licenses through the mail.

While we can accommodate remote military renewals, many times circumstances prevent soldiers and support staff from being able to conduct business with the DMV during their deployment. Therefore, the DMV will not charge late renewal fees for active duty military personnel, Dept of Defense employees, or their dependents when renewing their driver licenses beyond the expiration date if it is proven that they were deployed or stationed outside of the State of Delaware at the time of expiration. Military identification along with military assignment orders will provide this proof. If the orders are expired, please submit a statement on Armed Forces letterhead, signed by a commissioned officer as to your current status.

Delaware driver license renewals are valid for eight years. Duplicate licenses will have the same expiration date as the one that was lost or stolen.

When mailing your remote renewal request to the DMV please follow the below steps:

The following information must be provided:

  1. Name in full
  2. Date-of-birth
  3. License number, if known
  4. Social Security Number
  5. Copy of military assignment orders for where you are currently stationed and/or a copy of your military ID card / Geneva Conventions ID . If the orders are expired, please submit a statement on Armed Forces letterhead, signed by a commissioned officer as to your current status and location.
  6. Current Delaware address to be placed on the license. (The address of a parent or family member may be used if you no longer maintain a residence in Delaware.)
  7. Provide place of birth (city, state, and country).
    **If you were born outside of the US or do not have a photo on your license, please call 302.744.2506 for additional information.
  8. Contact phone number or e-mail address.
  9. Mailing address - The license will only be mailed directly to the applicant.
  10. Signature of applicant.
Fees - checks/money orders - make out to DMV for the exact amount:
A Renewal- $40.00 - Class D
    $40.00 - Non-CDL Class A or Class B
    $48.00 - Class CDL (not for Hazmat.)
  $ 24.00 - Perm D
Add $12.00 For a motorcycle endorsement
B Duplicate - $10.00 for license lost or stolen

For faster service, include a self addressed, stamped envelope.

Address all correspondence to: Address for overnight delivery via FedEx or UPS (please do not use the United States Postal Service):
Division of Motor Vehicles Division of Motor Vehicles
Attn: Driver Services Dept. Attn: Driver Services Dept.
P.O. Box 698 303 Transportation Cir.
Dover, DE 19903 Dover, DE 19901

 

Q. What documents do I need to get an identification card?

A: Required Documentation Table

Examples of acceptable source documentation:
Please provide ONE of the following proof of identity/legal presence documents:
(This document must contain proof of full legal name, date of birth, and citizenship/legal presence in the United States to be eligible to obtain a federally compliant identification document.)
  • Certificate of birth (U.S. issued). Must be original or certified copy, have a raised seal and be issued by the Office of Vital Statistics or State Board of Health. Please note that wallet cards, birth registration or hospital announcements/records are not accepted. (If under 18, birth certificate must include birth parent(s) names)
  • Consular report of birth abroad
  • Certificate of Naturalization (N-550, N570m or N-578)
  • Certificate of Citizenship (N-560, N-561, or N-645)
  • Northern Marina Card (I-551)
  • American Indian Card (I-551)
  • U.S. Citizen Identification Card (I-179 or I-197)
  • Valid passport, U.S. If foreign, appropriate INS document also is required
  • Resident Alien Card (I-515, I-551, AR-3, or AR-103)
  • Temporary Resident Identification Card (K-688)
  • Non-Resident Alien Canadian Border Crossing Card (I-185 or I-586)
  • Record of Arrival and Departure (in a valid Foreign Passport)(I-94 or I-94W visa waiver program)
  • Record of Arrival and Departure w/attached photo stamped "Temporary Proof of Lawful Permanent Resident"(I-94)
  • Processed for I-551 stamp (in a valid Foreign Passport)
  • Permanent Resident Re-Entry Permit (I-327)
  • Refugee Travel Document (I-571)
  • Employment Authorization Card (I-688A, I-688B, I-766)
  • Canadian Immigration Record and Visa or Record of Landing (IMM 1000)
  • Federally Compliant State issued photo driver license *
  • Federally Compliant State/Province/Territory issued photo ID card *
  • Court order. Must contain full name, date of birth and court seal. Examples include: adoption document, name change document, gender document, etc. Does not include abstract of criminal or civil conviction * **
  • State issued photo driver license * **
  • State/Province/Territory issued photo ID card * **
  • Certified microfilm/copy of driver license or ID card * **
  • Official letter issued by vital statistics verifying full name and date of birth * **
  • Certified school records or transcripts verifying full name and date of birth * **
  • Note: If applicant is under 18, a document containing parent(s) or legal guardian(s) name(s) must be presented (such as a birth certificate or court document).
* Must be accompanied by a U.S. citizenship document or valid proof of legal presence in the United States.
** Not acceptable documentation to be eligible for a federally compliant identification document; however, applicants may be eligible for a non-compliant identification document.

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Please provide ONE of the following for proof of a Social Security Number:
  • Social Security Card
  • W-2 tax form
  • SSA 1099 form
  • SSA Non-1099 form
  • Pay stub containing full SSN
  • Any valid document from Social Security Administration (SSA) containing full SSN
  • Ineligibility letter from SSA (only issued if not eligible based on legal presence status) **
** Not acceptable documentation to be eligible for a federally compliant identification document; however, applicants may be eligible for a non-compliant identification document.

Please provide TWO of the following for proof of Delaware residency:
  • Utility Bills
  • Credit Card Statement
  • Auto or Life Insurance policies
  • Voter Registration Cards
  • Bank Account Records
  • Employment Records
  • Rental Agreements
  • U.S. Postal Service change of address confirmation form/postmarked mail with forwarding address label
  • Other non-personal mail postmarked within the last 60 days
Note: Mail must have been delivered by the USPS and be postmarked or received within the last 60 days; photocopies or printouts of bills will not be accepted. Non-business letters/cards will not be accepted. Each of the two proofs of residency must be from separate sources and must display the person's physical address, not a P.O. box

Please provide ALL of the following for proof of legal name change:
If you have had several name changes, in the case of multiple marriages and divorces,
you will need to provide all name change documents.
  • Valid marriage license / civil union certificate - Must be issued by a government entity with a raised seal. Marriage certificates signed by clergy are not accepted.
  • Court ordered name change document
  • Finalized divorce decree stating your legal name. (A divorce decree may be used as authority to resume using a previous name only if it contains the new name and the previous name and permits a return to the previous name.)
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Note: You must change your name with the Social Security Administration first and wait 72 hours before appearing at the DMV.
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One of these documents must include your name and address along with your signature