Q. What type of licenses does Delaware issue?

A: Class D Operator's License
This class of license includes passenger cars, station wagons, pickup trucks, utility vehicles, and most panel trucks. This type and class of license is valid for any single motor vehicle, and a trailer, with weights not greater than 26,000 pounds, designed to carry less than 16 passengers (including the driver) and not placarded for the purpose of transporting hazardous materials.

CDL Temporary Instruction Permit (Learner's Permit)
After passing the knowledge tests and paying a $30.00 fee, you may be issued a CDL learner's permit which will allow you to drive a Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV), but only with another licensed CDL driver. You may only drive the class of vehicle specified on your learner's permit, and you may drive only with a CDL driver qualified in the same type CMV. This permit is valid for six (6) months. You may extend this learner's permit one time for another six (6) months, within a two-year period, for $2.00.

CDL Class A License
This license is required when the vehicle's combination registered, actual or gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) is over 26,000 pounds, and the vehicle is towing a vehicle with a registered, actual or GVWR over 10,000 pound

CDL Class B License
This license is required when the vehicle's registered, actual or rated weight (GVWR) is over 26,000 pounds, and it is not towing another vehicle over 10,000 pounds GVWR

CDL Class C License
This license is required for vehicles under 26,000 pounds when vehicles are designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver, or for vehicles required to be placarded for carrying hazardous materials (HAZMAT).

NON - CDL Class A License
Required for the same CMV vehicles as the CDL Class A license, but only when operating farm or firefighting vehicles under a CDL waiver.

NON - CDL Class B License
Required for the same CMV vehicles as the CDL Class B license, but only when operating farm or firefighting vehicles under a CDL waiver.

Q. What documents will I need to obtain a federally compliant driver license or identification card?

A: This guide will assist you in determining which documents you will need to collect and bring to the DMV to secure your identification when applying for a Delaware driver license, learner permit, commercial driver license (CDL) or ID card.

Q. What fees do you charge for your license and other services?

A:    Registration    Driver's License

Registration - Cars
Renewals (yearly) 40.00
Late Renewal 10.00
Temporary Tag 10.00
Temporary Permit 10.00
Courtesy Inspection 4.00
Vanity Plate (yearly) 40.00
Handicapped Placard No Charge
Motorcycle 15.00
Environmental Specialty Plate (one-time) 35.00
Animal Welfare Specialty Plate (one-time) 50.00
Farmland Preservation Specialty Plate (one-time) 50.00
Registration - Farm Trucks (yearly)
5,000 pounds or less 40.00
Greater than 5,000
(*Price for each 1,000 pounds over 5,000)
*3.80
Registration - Recreational Vehicles (yearly)
5,000 pounds or less 40.00
Greater than 5,000 pounds (*Price for each 1,000 pounds over 5,000) *6.40
Registration - Trailers (yearly)
0-1,000 pounds 15.00
1,001 - 2,000 pounds 20.00
2,001 - 5,000 pounds 40.00
For each 1,000 pounds over 5,000 pounds 18.00
Registration - Commercial Vehicles over 5,000 Pounds (yearly)
5,000 pounds or less 40.00
For each 1,000 pounds over 5,000 pounds 18.00
Duplicates
License Plate with Sticker 6.00
License Plate without Sticker 5.00
Validation Sticker 1.00
Dealer License Plate 6.00
Registration Card 2.00
Sample License Plate 7.00
Environmental/Animal Welfare License Plate 10.00
Titles
Title with Lien 35.00
Title without Lien 25.00
Duplicate 25.00
Change Tag Fee 25.00
Corrected Title without Lien 25.00
Corrected Title with Lien 35.00
Vehicle Record 15.00
Certified Vehicle Affidavit 20.00
Retain Tag Fee 10.00
Switch Tag Fee (per tag & title) 10.00
Document Fee 3.75% of purchase price or NADA book value, whichever is greater. Minimum document fee is $8.00.

Driver's License
Class D (5yr)
-effective December 11, 2011 (8yr)
25.00
40.00
Renewal Class D (5yr)
-effective December 11, 2011 (8yr)
25.00
40.00
Renewal Permanent Class D* (5yr)
-effective December 11, 2011 (8yr)
(*Effective August 1, 2007, no more new permanent driver licenses shall be issued.)
15.00
24.00
CDL (5yr)
*-effective December 11, 2011 (8yr)
*HazMat not eligible for 8 yrs.
30.00
48.00
CDL each Additional Endorsement 5.00
Non-CDL Class A/B (5yr)
-effective December 11, 2011 (8yr)
25.00
40.00
Motorcycle Endorsement (5yr)
-effective December 11, 2011 (8yr)
8.00
12.00
Taxi Endorsement 3.45
Late Renewal Fee 1.15
Duplicate License 10.00
Change of Address No Charge
Change of Name 1.15
Photo Identification Card 20.00
Duplicate Photo ID Card 5.00
Driver's License Record 15.00
Certified DL Affidavit 20.00
DL Suspension Reinstatement 25.00
DL Revocation Reinstatement 143.75
Uninsured Motorist
Penalty Fee for Uninsured Motorist
(*PLUS $5.00 per day after the 31st day from mailing date of notice)
100.00*
DL Suspension Reinstatement 25.00
Vehicle Registration Reinstatement 50.00
DMV will accept personal checks; however, if you present an uncollectible check, a penalty of $25.00 is charged. If the original amount plus the penalty fee is not paid within 10 days, your driver's license will be suspended.
Driver's license fees also include the costs of learner's permits (motorcycle, class D &CDL) that precede the issuance of the licenses.

NOTE
Delaware law allows a vehicle owner who trades in a Delaware-titled vehicle when purchasing another vehicle, to deduct the value of the trade-in vehicle from the purchase price of the new vehicle. Certain limitations apply to this credit. Refer to the Trade-In Credit Section of this website.

NOTE
Delaware law allows out-of-state vehicle owners a credit on a sales tax, transfer tax or some similar levy paid to another state on the purchase of a vehicle within 90 days prior to registering the vehicle in Delaware. The vehicle must have been titled/registered in the other state within 90 days prior to registering the vehicle in Delaware. The 90-day rule is strictly enforced.

Delaware residents who purchase a vehicle from an out-of-state dealer will not receive credit for any taxes paid. The majority of states exempt out-of-state buyers from their taxes but some states collect taxes on all vehicle sales. Residents need to be aware that they may be taxed twice on vehicles purchased from some states.

Q. When must I report an accident?

A: The driver of any vehicle involved in an accident shall immediately report such accident to the police agency which has primary jurisdictional responsibility for the location in which the accident occurred:

  1. When the accident results in injury or death to any person;
  2. When the accident occurs on a public highway, and it results in property damage to an apparent extent of $500 or more;
  3. When it appears that an accident involves a driver whose physical ability has been impaired as a result of alcohol or drug use.

Accident forms are available from most insurance agents and Delaware Driver's Manual This link opens a PDF File

Q. Can I register to vote when getting a license or ID card?

A: As a result of the enactment of the National Voter Rights Act of 1993, any U.S. citizen residing in the State of Delaware, who meets the eligibility requirements, is afforded the opportunity to register to vote while obtaining or renewing a driver's license. You may register if you are a U.S. citizen, a permanent resident of the State of Delaware, at least 18 years old by the date of the next General Election, and be mentally competent. Ex-felons may register to vote if they meet the requirements as specified by law according to 15, Del. C Chapter 61. Part of the registration process involves selecting a political party of your choice. Options include the two majority parties, numerous minority parties or, if you do not wish to be affiliated with any political party, you may register as an Independent. Only members of a majority party (Democrats and Republicans) are eligible to vote in primary elections in the State of Delaware. In approximately one month, you will receive a polling card from your respective county elections office. This card confirms your registration and provides the name and address of the location where you will cast your vote on election day. If you have any questions or concerns, call the elections office nearest you. Thank you!

Commissioner of Elections (exit)
111 South West Street, Suite 10
Dover DE 19904
302.739.4277

Department of Elections

New Castle County
820 N. French St.
Wilmington, DE 19801
302.577.3464
Kent County
100 Enterprise Pl, Suite 5
Dover, DE 19904-8202
302.739.4498
Sussex County
119 N. Rase St.
Georgetown, DE 19947
302.856.5367

We can no longer register someone to vote if that is their only reason for coming into DMV.

Q. How can I get a copy of my driving record?

A: If you want to obtain a copy of your driving record in person you may go to any Division of Motor Vehicles office. The cost is $15.00 for a 3 year record.

The personal information contained in motor vehicle records is highly sensitive and protected by federal and state statute. Large fines may be assessed against the Division of Motor Vehicles or any person who improperly releases personal information. Personal information is defined as any information that identifies an individual, including an individual's photograph, social security number, driver license number, name, address, telephone number and medical or disability information. The information pertaining to your driving history, such as convictions and license status, is public information. The statute allows the release of personal information when approved by the individual to whom the record pertains or by exception under specific circumstances. These exceptions are listed on the back of the Personal Information Release Form.

The Division does not release your personal information for marketing purposes.

The Division does not release a person's driver license digitized photograph and signature, social security number, or medical and disability information without the express written consent of the person to whom it pertains unless this information is releasable by statute. If you want a copy of your driving record or vehicle records by mail, you must:

  1. Complete the Personal Information Release Form.
  2. Have the form notarized with a seal or stamp (or submit in person at one of our offices).
  3. Pay $15.00 fee for a 3 year record.
  4. We recommend you include a stamped, self-addressed envelope to reduce processing time.
  5. Mail the check and form to:
For Driving Records For Vehicle Records
Division of Motor Vehicles
ATTN: Driver License Administration
P.O. Box 698
Dover, DE 19903
Division of Motor Vehicles
ATTN: Correspondence Section
P.O. Box 698
Dover, DE 19903

Please fill out the entire form and have it notarized if you want the information returned by mail.

Call 302.744.2506 if you have any questions about driving records or 302.744.2538 for information concerning vehicle records.

Q. How much liability insurance must I have?

A: The first step in obtaining a Delaware vehicle title/registration is to establish your (the owner(s)) financial responsibility. This is done by purchasing a liability insurance policy from a company licensed by the Insurance Commissioner to operate in Delaware. The minimum coverage is:

  • $15,000 for bodily injury or death of one person in any one accident.
  • $30,000 for bodily injury or death of two or more persons in any one accident.
  • $10,000 for injury to or destruction of property of others in any one accident.

The Division requires verification that the car to be registered is properly insured. One of the following documents is acceptable:

  • A Delaware Insurance Identification Card - All insurance companies are required to issue such cards. The card must be carried in the vehicle at all times and include the period of coverage and the National Association of Insurance Commissioners(NAIC) company identification number (NAIC code).
  • A valid insurance policy.
  • A written binder within 30 days of issue from an insurance company or agent on the insurance company's letterhead.

The penalty for operating an uninsured vehicle is a fine not less than $1,500 nor more than $2,000 and mandatory suspension of driver's license and/or driving privileges for 6 months. For each subsequent offense occurring within 3 years of a former offense, the fine shall be not less than $3,000 nor more than $4,000.

Providing false proof of insurance will result in an additional fine of $500 and/or 30 days in jail and suspension of driver's license for 6 months.

The Insurance ID Card presented must be valid or it will not be accepted.

Insurance Cards expire every six months and therefore need to be reissued every six months. Insurance companies are required to issue a new ID card every six months.

Owners with valid and current license plates, cancelling insurance for any reason must surrender their valid license plate to the division. Failure to surrender your license plates prior to insurance cancellation will result in fines.

The Division of Motor Vehicles randomly audits for proof of insurance on active registrations. The penalty for being uninsured is $100 for 1-30 days and an additional $5 per day until insurance is obtained, tags are surrendered, or the registration expires. In addition, suspensions are imposed on the registration and on the driver's license of all owners who fail to respond to the request. Once suspended, reinstatement fees are $25.00 for driver's license and $50.00 per registration.