How do I renew my driver's license in California online?

I’m on vacation, and I just realized my license is going to expire soon, which is a total buzzkill. How can I renew my California driver’s license online?

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Answer provided by
Maxine Boyko
Answered on May 17, 2022
Uh oh! That’s no fun! Luckily, you can renew your driver’s license in California online without stepping foot into the DMV.
Before you start the process, make sure you first:
  • Review the eligibility requirements to ensure you can renew your license online on the CA DMV website.
  • Create a DMV online account if you do not already have one.
  • Have your renewal fee payment method ready—if you are paying by credit/debit, note that there is a 2.1% processing fee.
You can apply online as long as:
  • You are not changing your address
  • Your Social Security number is on file with the DMV
  • You’re not upgrading to a REAL ID-compliant license
If eligible, all you need to do is log in online and renew! You’ll need information like your full name, date of birth, and address. Also have either your credit or debit card handy or your bank account information to pay the $39 license renewal fee.
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