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Renewing Your Identification Card

DMV will mail you a renewal application prior to the expiration date of your ID card. To receive your renewal application on time, be sure to update your address with DMV. You may renew your ID card as early as six months prior to the expiration date on your current ID.

Your renewed Virginia ID card will expire at the end of the month in which you were born. It normally will be valid for five years and will expire when you reach an age divisible by five; e.g. 20, 25, 30, etc.

The cost to renew your identification card is $10.00.

ID Card Renewal Exceptions

If you are authorized to be in the U.S. temporarily and have been issued a limited duration ID card, the ID cannot be renewed. A subsequent ID will be processed as an original ID card, and proof of legal presence is required. You will not be eligible to receive a limited duration ID card, or permit if your authorized stay in the U.S. is less than 30 days from the date of your application.

If you hold a license of any kind, issued by any state within the United States, you are not eligible for an ID card unless you surrender the license. If you currently hold both a driver's license and ID card, you must surrender your driver's license before you can renew your ID card.

How to Renew Your ID

You can renew your ID either online or at a customer service center.

Renewing Online

Every other cycle, you may renew your identification card online) unless:

  • Your last ID card renewal was not completed at a customer service center.
  • You need a new image (photo) on your ID card.
  • You are under the age of 18.
  • Your identification card has expired.
  • Your ID card is not due to expire within the next 6 months.
  • Your name must be changed or corrected on your ID card.
  • You owe money to DMV for a prior transaction.
  • Your customer number on file needs verification.
  • You do not have a Virginia address (unless you have qualified for a Virginia address requirement exception).
  • You are required to provide proof of legal presence.

Renewing at a Customer Service Center

To renew your ID card at one of our customer service centers:

  • Complete the Driver's License and Identification Card Application (DL1P) either before or after coming to a DMV office. You may use this form to notify DMV of a name or address change, to apply to register to vote, or to change your voter registration address.
  • Present proof of legal presence (if your current ID card has expired or if you are holding a limited duration ID card).
  • Present your current ID card.
  • Have a new photo taken.
  • Pay the fee. You may pay your renewal fee with cash, money order, check, check card or major credit card. Note: Those eligible to renew by a preferred method (i.e., by telephone, by mail, or online), who decide to renew at a customer service center, will be charged an additional $5 fee. The fee will not apply if the renewal is accompanied by a transaction that must be done in person.