How to Renew a Maryland Drivers License

According to Maryland's Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA), residents of the state must renew their driver's licenses every five years. It is important that residents keep their addresses current with the MVA so they can be mailed a reminder 60 days before the license is set to expire. The Maryland MVA allows licenses to be renewed in person or through the mail.

Things You'll Need

  • Expiring license
  • Renewal fee
  • Social Security number
  • Maryland Mail-In Driver's License Renewal Application
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  1. In Person

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      Locate the MVA office closest to you (see Resources). This is where you will want to renew your driver's license. All Maryland MVA offices are open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

    • 2

      Take your expired license, money to pay the renewal fee (see Resources for amount) and proof of your Social Security number to the MVA office during its hours of operation. Give this information to the clerk on duty. If you are not eligible for a Social Security number, you must get proof of this from the Social Security Administration before you visit the MVA.

    • 3

      Take a vision test. Once you have passed the vision test, you can decide if you want your picture on the license or not. If you do, smile and say cheese.

    • 4

      Register to vote while you are waiting for your new license to print out. This is an optional step.

    By Mail

    • 5

      Make sure you have received the Maryland Mail-in Driver's License Renewal Application. It will arrive with the 60-day notice of expiration. If you did not receive one, then you are not eligible to renew by mail. Those generally eligible are individuals who have not moved since their last renewal and individuals who have a verifiable Social Security number.

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      Fill out the renewal application.

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      Visit your eye doctor if you are over 40 and have him sign the "vision certification" portion of the form. If you do not take this step, you cannot renew by mail.

    • 8

      Write a check or obtain a money order for the amount of the renewal fee (see Resources for a listing of fee amounts). Make sure the amount is exact before enclosing it with your application.

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      Mail your application and renewal fee to MVA, Driver Licensing, Room 145, 6601 Ritchie Highway, Glen Burnie, MD 21062.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you have any questions about the renewal process, call the Maryland MVA at 301-729-4550.

  • Give yourself at least 15 days before the expiration date on your license if you plan on renewing by mail. Otherwise you may not get your new license before the old license expires.

  • If you have a medical condition that could affect your driving, you are required to inform the MVA. You must also supply it with a letter from your doctor. The letter must include the date of the onset of the condition, the diagnosis and medications that you are required to take. The doctor may state his opinion on whether you are fit to drive, but the MVA makes that decision.

  • You cannot use the mail-in option if your current address does not match the address printed on the renewal application. Renewal applications are pre-printed so you need to fill in only certain blanks.

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