How To Renew Your Alabama Drivers License
Need to renew your Alabama drivers license? We've collected helpful information that will save you some time, and we offer links to resources that will get you going in the right direction. Select from the options below to get started.
- Get Started with Online Application Services
- Online application assistance can simplify the process for many DMV related services, including: renewing your license, applying for a license, registering a vehicle, replacing your license, changing your address and more. In addition to the free forms and general instructions available from the DMV offices or websites, you will receive a comprehensive Easy Guide™ containing information relevant to your service needs. Where possible, we will prepare your DMV forms and/or provide links to DMV online services. Via our partners at Road America, you will also receive 30 days of both emergency Roadside Assistance and the Repair Assist consultation service. In addition, you will be able to take advantage of a free membership to DMV Advisors, a state-specific help desk prepared to answer any driver-related questions or concerns you may have. Other benefits include an ongoing monthly newsletter and a quarterly magazine covering important updates that affect drivers, important safety tips and ways to save money on vehicle-related services.
- Download the appropriate study materials and practice tests
- Download and study your practice test
- Take the CDL Practice Tests
- Take the Motorcycle Practice Tests
- Take the Practice Test
- Study the Alabama Driver Manual
- By mail, if eligible (read below for instructions)
- Some drivers prefer to handle the renewal process by mail, rather than taking advantage of assistance services, visiting the DLD in person, or via available online services. Service by mail is available with limitations. Read below for additional details or visit your local DLD.
- Via a local DLD office
- If your prefer to access DLD services in person or your specific needs require an in-person visit, most, if not all, driver license services can be handled at a physical DLD office location. Varying DLD offices sometimes supply different types of services so you will need to check before your visit to make sure the DLD closest to you provides the service you require. In addition, you can call to see if your local DLD allows you to make a personal appointment. Read more below to see if an in person visit is either preferred or required.
- Enroll in a state-approved Drivers Ed course.
Renewing Your Alabama Drivers License
Your Alabama drivers license expires four years after it was issued. You will be sent a renewal notice warning you that it's set to expire. A driver can renew by mail, or complete an Alabama driver license renewal in person at a local DLD office. Please note that you may download your form and checklist, but your license may not be renewed online. A driver may renew their license up to 60 days before it expires and within 60 days after it expires without penalty.
An Alabama resident on who is in the military and on active duty, or their dependents, may submit for renewal by mail.
The required fee to renew your drivers license is $23.50 and must be posted to the Alabama DLD driver license division along with a money order or cashier's check. These checks or money orders should be made payable to the Alabama Department of Public Safety.
Renewing an Alabama Driver License In Person
An Alabama driver license renewal can be done in person at a local DLD. A driver must remember to have his or her expired driver license with them. The driver also must provide acceptable proof of identity, including a Social Security card or Social Security statement along with one of the following:
- U.S. Birth Certificate
- U.S. Passport
- Alabama Identification Card
- Alabama Driver's License
- Temporary license or ID
A driver's Social Security card alone is not sufficient documentation for renewal purposes. Only original documents will be acceptable as proof of identity. The driver will be issued a temporary drivers license that is valid until the new license comes in the mail in approximately two weeks.
Renewing an Alabama Driver License By Mail
Alabama residents who are out of the state when their driver license renewal is due should download and fill out the Alabama drivers license renewal form available on the Alabama Department of Public Safety website. Drivers should mail in their completed renewal form along with a $23 fee to the Department of Public Safety address listed on the state's website. Drivers should be sure to include all required documents, as shown on their renewal form, in this mailing.
A driver needing to renew by mail should also include their full name, address, date of birth, social security number and out-of-state address. If out of state, they will need to give a valid reason for being out of state. A driver may renew without being tested, as long as they're renewing within three years of the expiration date. If a driver does renew within that three-year period, their Alabama drivers license will be valid for four years from date of expiration and not from date of renewal.