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Online Renewal Option - FAQs

What is the difference between an in-person credential renewal and the two-year online renewal option?
DMV now offers most current credential holders who are required to renew in person the option to use online service and obtain a new two-year driver’s license or ID card. This will suspend the requirement for those customers to visit a DMV customer service center until it is time for their next renewal. If you would like to renew your license for its full five or eight years (length of license validity varies by customer), or if you need a REAL ID compliant driver’s license, you must still make an appointment at dmvNOW.com/appt to visit DMV in person.
When can I renew my credential using the two-year renewal option?
This option is now available! Complete your two-year renewal online now.
What should I do if I renew online but I’ve already made an appointment?
It is very easy to cancel your appointment using the confirmation email you received when you made it. Cancelling unneeded appointments frees up the time for other customers who must visit DMV in person.
I previously received a notice that said I had to come into DMV to renew in person. Can I really renew online or by mail now?
Yes, if you are eligible. This change has been put in place as a result of the current COVID-19 public health emergency. Because it is a very recent change, some customers may have previously received an email, text or letter from DMV instructing them to renew in person. Eligible customers may now instead renew online or by mail.
How do I know if I qualify for the two-year online renewal option?
Most customers who renewed their eight-year credential online or via mail last time and those who are 75 and older are eligible. If your license is expired for less than one year and you have previously presented to DMV proof of legal presence, such as a birth certificate or U.S. Passport, you may qualify for the two-year renewal option.
Customers who, unfortunately, do not qualify include, but are not limited to, those who:
  • hold a limited duration license issued for one year or for your period of authorized stay in the U.S.
  • are required to register in accordance with Va. Code Chapter 9 of Title 9.1, or
  • have a school bus endorsement
These customers are required to renew in-person due to statutory requirements.
Am I eligible if my license is expired?
Maybe. If your license is expired for less than one year and you have previously provided DMV proof of legal presence, such as a birth certificate or U.S. Passport, you may be eligible.
How much will the online renewal option cost?
A driver’s license renewal costs $4 per year. If you are receiving a license that is valid for two years from the expiration date printed on your prior license, it would cost $8. If you choose to renew in person, you will receive a license valid for five or eight years which will cost $20 or $32, respectively. If you renew in person and opt to get a REAL ID compliant driver’s license, you will pay a one-time $10 fee in addition to the renewal fee. Customers with a motorcycle endorsement should add an extra $2 per year for any option.
An identification card renewal costs $2 per year. If you are receiving an ID that is valid for two years from the expiration date on your prior ID, it would cost $4. If you choose to renew in person, you will receive an ID valid for eight years which will cost $16. If you renew in person and opt to get a REAL ID compliant identification card, you will pay a one-time $10 fee in addition to the $16 renewal fee, for a total of $26.
Can I renew online and get a REAL ID?
No. Federal requirements stipulate that original REAL ID applications be made in person. If you’d like to get a REAL ID when it is time to renew, please make an appointment at dmvNOW.com/appt and review all of the documents you must bring to apply at dmvNOW.com/REALID. If you already hold a Virginia REAL ID, you may be eligible for the two-year renewal option.
Can I also complete this two-year renewal by mail?
Yes, if you received a renewal form by mail from DMV indicating that you are eligible for the two-year renewal, you may return that to DMV to complete the two-year renewal process.
What happens when my two-year credential is ready for renewal?
When it is time to renew your credential, you will be required to visit DMV in person to complete a vision screening and obtain a new photo. Your next credential will be valid for five or eight years.