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Driver Licensing > Apply for a Driver License > Renew a Driver License

Your license always expires on your birthday, usually five years after it was issued. It is your responsibility to renew your license before the expiration date. Approximately two months before the license is due to expire, the DMV sends a renewal notice with instructions for how to renew. You will not receive a renewal notice if your mail is forwarded, if your license is suspended or if you moved and did not notify the DMV of your new address. You do not have to wait for a renewal notice in order to renew your license. You can renew your license in person up to six months prior to the expiration date.

Renew Online

If you are eligible to renew your license online, you will receive a renewal notice containing a "Renewal Identification Number (RIN)". If you received a notice containing a RIN and you wish to renew your license online, go to:

Online Driver Licensing Renewal

If you did not receive a renewal notice, misplaced your notice or if your notice does not list a RIN, you are not eligible to renew online and you must renew in person at a DMV office. Commercial drivers are not eligible for online renewal and should review Renew a Commercial Driver License.

Renew In Person

To renew a New Hampshire driver license in-person, go to any DMV office with:

You must pass a vision test, pay a renewal fee and have a new photo taken. The DMV will issue you a 60-day, temporary paper license, and the permanent license will be mailed to your New Hampshire mailing address within 60 days.

Proof of Identity

You must have your current driver license with you when you renew. If you cannot locate your current driver license, you must provide proof of identity. If your image is on file at the DMV, you may use the image on file as proof of identity. If your image is not on file at the DMV, you must bring two forms of identification and proof of New Hampshire residencyAdobe Acrobat Reader Symbolto the DMV when you renew.

Expired Licenses

Your license expiration date is listed on the front of the license in red. If your license expires, you can not legally drive until you renew it. The requirements for renewing an expired license will depend on how long it has been expired:

  1. Expired for less than one year, renew as usual at any DMV office (if you are a Non-US Citizen, please visit Renew a Driver License for Non-US Citizens.
  2. Expired for longer than one year but less than three years, bring two (2) forms of identification plus proof of residencyAdobe Acrobat Reader Symbolto renew.
  3. Expired for three years or more, bring two (2) forms of identification plus proof of residencyAdobe Acrobat Reader Symbolto the NH DMV and you must pass a vision test, knowledge test and road test to renew your license.

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