How do you renew a driver's license in North Carolina?

My North Carolina driver’s license will expire in a month, and I need to renew it before my business trip—how do I do that?

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Answer provided by
Andrea Barrett
Answered on May 12, 2022
Having a valid license for traveling is important to avoid delays and unnecessary problems. You can renew your North Carolina driver’s license online or at any North Carolina DMV.
The NCDMV will send you a reminder card by mail 60 days before your driver’s license expires with options for renewal—but it can be renewed up to six months before expiration. If your license has expired, it can be renewed online for up to two years after expiration, but you must do it at a DMV office after two years.
To renew your North Carolina driver’s license online, head to the NC DMV website under the License & ID Renewal menu and click the Renew Online button. Follow the instructions to renew your license and be prepared to pay the renewal fee and $3.00 online transaction fee.
Check the NC DMV website to determine whether you must renew your license in person. Here’s how to renew at a DMV office:
  • Visit the NC DMV website to book an appointment
  • Collect the required documents (two documents verifying identity + SSN)
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