Renewing your license in Virginia is relatively straightforward. In this guide, we’ll explain everything you need to know!
In general, a Virginia license expires on the holder’s birthday eight years after issuance. If you are over 75, you need to renew every five years.
In Virginia, you can renew your license up to a year before it expires, and you can renew up to 90 days after it expires without a late penalty. Keep in mind that this is not a grace period for driving with your expired license.
If your license is expired for more than a year, you will have to retake the knowledge exam and driving skills test.
This is proven to be very difficult for older drivers – if you need help studying you can try our Virginia practice tests and read our summarized handbook.
There is no grace period for expired driver’s licenses in Virginia. Driving without a valid license is a Class 2 misdemeanor that can result in fines, penalties, and up to 90 days suspension on your license.
During Covid-19, the state gave 90 and 180-day extensions to accommodate the fact their offices could not process renewals or take in-person renewals for certain time periods.
Starting Oct 1, 2021, if you do not have a REAL-ID you will be unable to board a plane or visit certain government facilities. Some military establishments already prohibit entry with a standard driver’s license.
You can renew in person at any Service Center up to a year before your license expires. You may also qualify to renew by mail or online. If you qualify, the Virginia DMV will send you instructions to do so in your renewal notice.
During Covid-19, the DMV is sending out invitations to drivers who are required to renew in person. This invitation allows these drivers to select a two-year renewal option by mail or online. If you want to renew your license for eight years, or if you need a REAL-ID compliant license, you will still need to make an appointment to apply in person.
You will receive an invitation to renew in the mail if you are eligible. Remember, you can only renew by mail every other renewal period.
To do so, you will fill out the form, ensure everything is correct, and mail the form and your fee payment in the enclosed envelope to:
Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles
P.O. Box 26506
Richmond, VA 23260-6506
Your new license will arrive in about 15 days. You will not have a receipt or temporary paper license while you wait. Plan your renewal accordingly to stay valid while on the roads.
You will receive an invitation to renew online if you are eligible to renew. You can only renew online every other renewal period.
Carry the receipt with you when you drive until your new license arrives. It should be delivered within 15 days.
Follow these steps to renew your license in person.
Pass your exams on the first try with Zutobi’s Easy-to-Understand Virginia Manual and online practice tests.
That’s everything you need to know about renewing your driver’s license in Virginia, make sure to do it well before your license expires to avoid unnecessary complications. If you need help studying for renewal exams, we’ve got your back.
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