Delaware driver licenses can be renewed at any Division of Motor Vehicle facility. Driver licenses will be issued for eight years, with the exception of Immigration length of stay, hazmat holders, and Driving Privilege Card holders. A late fee is charged if the renewal takes place after the expiration date. If you have a motorcycle endorsement, the fee is increased by . If you have a taxi endorsement, the fee is increased by .
You may renew at any time during the 180-day (six month) period prior to the expiration of your license. Commercial driver license (CDL) holders are eligible to renew no earlier than 30 days before the expiration date on their license. Renewal reminders are sent to each driver approximately 60 days before expiration date (driver's birthday). You must turn in your previously issued driver license, fill out an application, and pass an eye-screening test. A written and road test may be given. If you moved, you may be required to show proof of residency. You may also be asked to provide proof of social security number and/or proof of legal presence at renewal.
If you are obtaining a federally compliant driver license, please review the CHECKLIST to be sure you bring all of the required documentation for a one time revalidation. Find out more about the federally compliant driver license and identification cards.
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The Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV), in cooperation with the Social Security Administration (SSA), will use Social Security Number On-Line Verification (SSOLV) to verify Social Security numbers by matching Delaware driver license records with the records of the SSA. If, during this verification process, the SSA reports to us that your name, date of birth and/or social security number does not match with the information in our files, DMV may not renew a driver license. For more information on SSOLV click here.