Missouri drivers license renewal

Missouri Driver’s License Renewal: A Complete Guide

by Zutobi · Updated Jan 06, 2022

Is it time for your Missouri driver’s license renewal? It may feel like a complicated process, but it’s not if you know the steps you need to take. We’re here to help you with that.

In this guide, we’ll cover everything you need to know to renew your driver’s license in Missouri.

When Do I Need to Renew My MO Driver’s License?

Your license expiration depends on your age. If you are a temporary resident, these dates could be shorter to reflect the length of your stay.

  • Age 16-17: Your intermediate license expires up to two years after the date it was issued.
  • Age 18-20: Your license expires on your birthday, up to three years after it was issued to you.
  • Age 21-69: Your license expires every six years on your birthday.
  • Age 71 and older: Your license expires every three years on your birthday.

You can renew up to six months before it expires, and the Missouri Department of Revenue will mail you a reminder to renew to the address on your license.

Is There a Grace Period in Missouri?

There is no grace period for Missouri licenses. If you are caught driving with an expired license even a day later, you will be ticketed and fined!

If your license has been expired for over six months, you will also need to take the written test and driving test over again.

How to Renew a Missouri Driver’s License

You can only renew your Missouri driver’s license in person unless you are out of state AND active military. If you meet these requirements, you can renew your license by mail using form 4317.

Online renewals are NOT available at this point in time.

Renewal in Person

Follow these steps to successfully renew your license in person.

  1. Locate a local Missouri DMV Office. You may need to schedule an appointment to avoid a long line. Try to avoid scheduling your renewals at the end of the month, as that tends to be their busiest time.
  2. Gather Your Documents. You will need the following:
    1. Proof of Identity;
    2. Date of Lawful Status;
    3. Proof of Social Security number
    4. Proof of Missouri residential address. You need two proofs for a REAL-ID.
    5. If you are renewing or upgrading to a REAL-ID, you will use this list of Real-ID Compliant documents
  3. Take a Road Sign and Vision Test. Need to refresh your road sign knowledge? Check out Zutobi’s handy information and practice tests.
  4. Pay the Appropriate Fees.
  5. If your DMV office does not print licenses on-site, you will receive a temporary paper license. Your renewed MO license will be sent in the mail at the address on your card.

What if My License is Revoked or Suspended?

You can renew a suspended license in Missouri, but you must complete the reinstatement process and pay a reinstatement fee before it is valid for driving.

If your license is revoked, you cannot renew until you complete the reinstatement process and pay the appropriate fees.

That’s It!

That’s everything you need to know about renewing your Missouri driver’s license. We hope this guide has helped you understand the process better.

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