Eligibility

Read the full eligibility requirements for using the online renewal, replacement or address change application.

If you have unpaid reinstatement fees, you are not eligible to renew online until you pay them.

  1. Who is eligible to renew, replace or change the address on their driver license or ID card online?
  2. Is there an age limit to renew my driver license or ID card online?

About Renewing Your Driver License or ID

  1. How does online renewal work?
  2. Will I get my driver license or ID faster if I renew online?
  3. Where is my license or ID?
  4. Can I renew, replace or change my address online any time?
  5. Can I replace a lost or stolen license or ID online?
  6. Can I change my name online?
  7. If I renew my driver license or ID card online, will the picture on my card stay the same?
  8. Can I get a temporary driver license with this service?
  9. How often do I have to renew my driver license or ID card?

About Replacing or Changing Your Address

  1. How does the online replacement or change of address work?
  2. Can I replace or change my address at the same time as my renewal?
  3. Can I replace or change my address even if it is not time for me to renew?
  4. If I replace or change my address online will my expiration date change?
  5. What should I do with the driver license or ID card that has my old address?

About Updating Emergency Contacts

  1. How does the change of emergency contacts work?
  2. What are the emergency contacts used for?
  3. Can I view and change my emergency contacts when completing a renewal, replacement, or change of address on my driver license or ID?
  4. Can I view and change my emergency contacts even if I am not eligible to renew, replace, or change the address on my driver license or ID?
  5. Is there a limit on how many times I can view and change my emergency contacts?
  6. Is there a fee to view and change my emergency contacts?
  7. If I am a disabled veteran, do I have to pay to view and change my emergency contacts?

Real ID Compliance

  1. Do I need a REAL ID?
  2. Do I have to get a REAL ID in person?
  3. Why did I receive a notice asking me to renew early?
  4. I am not eligible to renew early. Do I have any other options?
  5. Is there additional information about REAL ID I should know?

Fees and Payments

  1. How much does an online renewal cost?
  2. How much does an online replacement or address change cost?
  3. Are the fees different for online, in-person, telephone, and mail-in renewals?

Troubleshooting

  1. What do the options Renew Only, Replacement or Change Address Only and Do Both mean?
  2. What does it mean if I choose to become an organ donor?

Who is eligible to renew, replace or change the address on their driver license or ID card online?

Read the full eligibility requirements for using the online renewal, replacement or address change application.

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Is there an age limit to renew my driver license or ID card online?

Applicants who are 79 or older must renew driver licenses in person at a driver license office, but can still renew ID cards online. This includes military personnel and people who reside out of state.

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How does online renewal work?

Step 1: Log In

Log in by entering your

  1. Driver license or ID card number,
  2. Date of birth,
  3. Last four digits of Social Security number, and
  4. Audit number (see driver license samples for location of audit number). In lieu of providing your audit number, you may select the checkbox on the login page stating "I do not know my audit number" to complete additional authentication for an additional fee of $1.75.

Step 2: Select Your Services

You may be eligible to

  1. Renew,
  2. Change your address, or
  3. Renew and change your address.

Step 3: Select Optional Items and Complete Affirmations

Optional Items

  1. Donations to:
    • Blindness, Education, Screening and Treatment (BEST)
    • Glenda Dawson - Donate Life Texas Registry
    • Fund for Veterans' Assistance
    • Fund for the testing of sexual assault evidence collection kits (rape kits)
    • Identification Fee Exemption Fund
  2. Register to vote

Affirmations

  1. U.S. citizenship. You must be a U.S. citizen to renew, replace or change your address online.
  2. Vision and physical/mental condition. You must not have had any changes to your vision or health that affect your ability to drive safely (if renewing a driver license).
  3. Residence Address. Your residence address must be a single family dwelling, apartment, motel or temporary shelter.

Step 4: Review Order and Make Payment

Review order information, make changes if necessary, and submit payment information.

Your new driver license or ID card will be mailed to you in two to three weeks. If you renewed, replaced or changed the address for a driver license, you need to print your temporary driver license (valid for 60 days) from the receipt page. You may also choose to receive the temporary driver license or ID by email, but you must print it in order for it to be a valid document.

Step 5: View and Change Emergency Contacts

At the end of a successful transaction, you will be able to view and change your emergency contacts for no additional fee.

Step 6: Invalidate Old Driver License/ID

Texas law says you cannot have more than one valid driver license or ID card. After receiving your new driver license or ID, invalidate your old card by cutting it up.

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Will I get my driver license or ID faster if I renew online?

Renewing online is faster than filling out and submitting paperwork via mail or waiting in line at a driver license office. After you request a new license or ID, you will receive it in the mail in two to three weeks, no matter what method you used to request it.

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Where is my license or ID?

You can track whether your license or ID card has been produced or mailed on the DPS website. Please wait 72 hours after payment to track the status of your license/ID card.

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Can I renew, replace or change my address online any time?

Yes. The system is available 7 days per week, 24 hours per day except for routine maintenance down time.

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Can I replace a lost or stolen license or ID online?

Yes, if you have recorded the audit number from your last card. In lieu of providing your audit number, you may select the checkbox on the login page stating "I do not know my audit number" to complete additional authentication for an additional fee of $1.75 or you must visit a driver license office to get a new card.

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Can I change my name online?

No. Name changes must be done in person at a driver license office.

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If I renew my driver license or ID card online, will the picture on my card stay the same?

Yes. The picture on your new driver license or ID card will stay the same. If you want a new picture, you must go to a driver license office to renew.

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Can I get a temporary driver license with this service?

Yes. When you complete a driver license renewal, replacement or address change, you will print the receipt and use it as a temporary driver license (valid for 60 days). You may also choose to receive the temporary driver license or ID by email, but you must print it in order for it to be a valid document. You should keep the temporary license with your old card until the new one arrives.

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How often do I have to renew my driver license or ID card?

ID cards must be renewed every 6 years. Driver licenses must be renewed every 8 years for anyone between the ages 18 and 84.

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How does the online replacement or change of address work?

Step 1: Log In

Log in by entering your

  1. Driver license or ID card number,
  2. Date of birth,
  3. Last four digits of Social Security number, and
  4. Audit number (see driver license samples for location of audit number). In lieu of providing your audit number, you may select the checkbox on the login page stating "I do not know my audit number" to complete additional authentication for an additional fee of $1.75.

Step 2: Select Your Services

You may be eligible to

  1. Renew,
  2. Replace or change your address, or
  3. Renew and change your address.

Step 3: Select Optional Items and Complete Affirmations

Optional Items

  1. Donations to:
    • Blindness Education, Screening, and Treatment (BEST)
    • Glenda Dawson - Donate Life Texas Registry
    • Fund for Veterans' Assistance
    • Fund for the testing of sexual assault evidence collection kits (rape kits)
    • Identification Fee Exemption Fund
  2. Register to vote

Affirmations

  1. U.S. citizenship. You must be a U.S. citizen to renew, replace or change your address online.
  2. Vision and physical/mental condition. You must not have had any changes to your vision or health that affect your ability to drive safely (if renewing a driver license).
  3. Residence Address. Your residence address must be a single family dwelling, apartment, motel or temporary shelter.

Step 4: Review Order and Make Payment

Review order information, make changes if necessary, and submit payment information.

Your new driver license or ID card will be mailed to you in two to three weeks. If you renewed, replaced or changed the address for a driver license, you need to print your temporary driver license (valid for 60 days) from the receipt page. You may also choose to receive the temporary driver license or ID by email, but you must print it in order for it to be a valid document.

Step 5: View and Change Emergency Contacts

At the end of a successful transaction, you will be able to view and change your emergency contacts for no additional fee.

Step 6: Invalidate Old Driver License/ID

Texas law says you cannot have more than one valid driver license or ID card. After receiving your new driver license or ID, invalidate your old card by cutting it up.

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Can I replace or change my address at the same time as my renewal?

Yes. You can change your home and mailing address when you renew.

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Can I replace or change my address even if it is not time for me to renew?

Yes.

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If I replace or change my address online will my expiration date change?

No. Your new driver license or ID card will retain the expiration date that is on your current driver license or ID card, unless you renew it.

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What should I do with the driver license or ID card that has my old address?

Texas law says you cannot have more than one valid driver license or ID card. After receiving your new driver license or ID, invalidate your old card by cutting it up.

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How does the change of emergency contacts work?

The change of emergency contacts system is a simple process. After logging into the website, all customers will be able to view and change the emergency contacts DPS has on file for no fee*. Once on the emergency contacts page, you can view and change the primary and secondary contacts DPS has on file. If you are eligible and you choose to renew, replace, or change the address of your driver license or ID card, you will be able to view and change your emergency contacts at the end of the transaction. You will have the ability to change contact information such as name, phone numbers, and address, and add or delete contacts. When adding or changing a contact, the following fields are required:

  • Last Name
  • 1st Phone Number
  • Country

*When logging into the website, in lieu of providing your audit number, you may select the checkbox on the login page stating "I do not know my audit number" to complete additional authentication for an additional fee of $1.75. This fee applies regardless of what service you select.

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What are the emergency contacts used for?

If you are injured or die during a vehicle accident or another emergency situation, law enforcement officers will attempt to reach your emergency contacts to inform them.

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Can I view and change my emergency contacts when completing a renewal, replacement, or change of address on my driver license or ID?

Yes. At the end of a successful transaction, you will be able to view and change the emergency contacts DPS has on file for no fee.

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Can I view and change my emergency contacts even if I am not eligible to renew, replace, or change the address on my driver license or ID?

Yes. After logging into the website, all customers will be able to view and change the emergency contacts DPS has on file for no fee*.

*When logging into the website, in lieu of providing your audit number, you may select the checkbox on the login page stating "I do not know my audit number" to complete additional authentication for an additional fee of $1.75. This fee applies regardless of what service you select.

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Is there a limit on how many times I can view and change my emergency contacts?

No. You are able to view and change your emergency contacts as many times as you want.

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Is there a fee to view and change my emergency contacts?

No. There is no fee to view and change your emergency contacts. However, when logging into the website, in lieu of providing your audit number, you may select the checkbox on the login page stating "I do not know my audit number" to complete additional authentication for an additional fee of $1.75.

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If I am a disabled veteran, do I have to pay to view and change my emergency contacts?

No. There is no fee to view and change your emergency contacts. However, when logging into the website, in lieu of providing your audit number, you may select the checkbox on the login page stating "I do not know my audit number" to complete additional authentication for an additional fee of $1.75.

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Do I need a REAL ID?

It depends. If your driver license is still valid, you may continue to use it for non-federal purposes, such as operating a motor vehicle, voting, or banking. You will not be able to use it for federal identification purposes, such as boarding domestic flights or entering secure federal facilities, after October 1, 2021. However, if you have another REAL ID compliant card, like a valid U.S. passport, you can use that as your REAL ID.

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Do I have to get a REAL ID in person?

No! You can check your eligibility to conduct an online transaction here: www.texas.gov/dlrenewal.

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Why did I receive a notice asking me to renew early?

Notices are being sent out reminding customers that they can renew their DL or ID card up to two years in advance of expiration to provide customers with plenty of notice to receive a REAL ID compliant card by the October 1, 2021 deadline if they want one. However, if you have another REAL ID compliant card, like a valid U.S. passport, that can be used for air travel and entering federal facilities.

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I am not eligible to renew early. Do I have any other options?

Yes! You are welcome to request a replacement DL or ID card on Texas.gov here: www.texas.gov/dlrenewal.

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Is there additional information about REAL ID I should know?

Maybe. Please feel free to view additional information on the Texas Department of Public Safety website here: http://www.dps.texas.gov/DriverLicense/federalRealIdAct.htm.

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How much does an online renewal cost?

The Texas.gov price is:

  • Driver License Renewal: $33.00
  • Driver License with Motorcycle Class Renewal: $44.00
  • ID Renewal: $16.00
  • Additional authentication fee in lieu of providing your audit number from your current license or ID card: $1.75

There is no extra cost to change your address if you change your address with a renewal.

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How much does an online replacement or address change cost?

If you replace or change your address without renewing your card, the Texas.gov price is $11.00.

There is no extra cost to change your address if you change your address at the same time as renewing. In lieu of providing your audit number, there is an additional fee of $1.75

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Are the fees different for online, in-person, telephone, and mail-in renewals?

If you have your audit number, the renewal fee is the same for online, in-person and via telephone renewals. In lieu of providing your audit number, there is an additional fee of $1.75.

There is no additional fee for mail-in renewals (but you have to pay for postage).

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What do the options Renew Only, Replacement or Change Address Only and Do Both mean?

  • Do Both Renew & Change Address: There is no extra cost to change your address if you change your address with your renewal.
  • Renew Only: You will not be able to change the address on your card if you select this option.
  • Replace or Change Address Only: You will only replace or change your address and the expiration date on your card remains the same.

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What does it mean if I choose to become an organ donor?

Learn more about organ donation at the Donate Life Texas website.

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