Renewing a drivers license is something most people do several times in their life. The problem is that very few people could tell you when you license is up for renewal. The reason stems from the fact that licenses are generally renewed for years at a time. When you renew your license, the expiration date is years in the future. Very few people make a note for that far away time, so the renewal date can slip on a person. In Maryland, like most states, the Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA) of the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) sends out a notice to each person with a valid Maryland drivers license notifying that the renewal date is approaching.
The key to this process is to maintain a current address with the MVA. Otherwise, you will not receive the renewal notice. In the event you receive the notice, and it does not have your current address, you need to notify MVA right away and give them your current address. The reason is that MVA can only mail your new license to the address on the notice.
If you do not receive the notice, your license will expire, and you will keep driving. Unless you are involved in an accident, whether your fault or not, get stopped for a traffic violation, or go through a license check, you could drive for months or maybe years on an expired license. Maryland makes it easy to renew. You just have to receive that notice.
The requirements to renew a drivers license are spelled out in that renewal notice. You do not have to memorize them, or look them up. The notice will tell you what you need to do. Your license can be renewed for a maximum of eight (8) years if you are twenty-one years of age or older. Your notice will tell you the number of years that apply in your case.
The process for renewal is also detailed in the renewal notice. One possibility is to renew online. Your renewal notice will let you know if you eligible, and how to proceed. You will go to the MVA website, and click on the page entitled “Drivers License Information.” There will be link for online renewal. Just follow the directions on the website, and in your renewal notice. When you are finished, you will receive your new license by mail. It will then be your responsibility to destroy your old drivers license as Maryland law does not allow for a person to possess two licenses.
Instead of online, your notice to renew a drivers license may say that you are to renew by mail. The notice will include a renew by mail application which you must fill out and return. If you are over forty (40), you must have your doctor complete the vision certification portion of the application. Then mail in the application with the proper fee which will be stated in your renewal notice. The amount of the fee varies depending upon the length of time you can renew your license. As with the online application, you will receive your new license in the mail, and upon receipt, destroy your old license.
If you cannot renew online or by mail, you will have to go in person. Your notice will explain that process and the requirements such as the vision certificate. Follow these instructions, and the process will go smoothly. The Motor Vehicle Administration is doing all it can to make drivers license renewal as easy as possible. Just follow your notice, and you will be able to get a new license that will last for years to come.