How long in advance should I renew my driver’s license?

My driver’s license is going to expire fairly soon, and I want to be sure I renew it in time. How long in advance should I renew my license?

Sarah Gray · Updated on
Reviewed by Shannon Martin, Licensed Insurance Agent.
Keeping your driver’s license up-to-date is important, so it’s no surprise that people often wonder how long in advance they can renew their driver’s license. The answer actually varies by state—some states allow renewals up to a year before the expiration date, while others restrict drivers to no more than three months prior to expiration when it comes to applying for renewal. Still others restrict early renewal by the driver’s age.
In general, we recommend renewing your license at least six weeks in advance of expiration. But to find out your state’s rules and restrictions for advance license renewal, check with your DMV.
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