Before You Begin
The N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles uses an online service, called PayIt, that allows you to take advantage of completing multiple services in one secure transaction.
PayIt collects a $3 fee per online transaction that it uses to deliver quality services more efficiently with no upfront costs to NCDMV. The State of North Carolina does not collect or benefit from the transaction fee.
Ready to Renew?
Online driver license renewal allows eligible customers to conveniently and quickly renew their driver license up to six months before their license expires or within two years of expiration.
Online full provisional license upgrade allows eligible customers to change to an original Class C driver license once they have reached their 18th birthday and until their 21st birthday.
Requirements & Restrictions
An individual who meets any of the following must visit an
NCDMV driver license office:
- Has a suspended license or outstanding debt with NCDMV
- Has a restriction other than "Corrective Lenses" on their driver license and/or “24” on their full provisional license
- Needs to renew a commercial driver licenses, regular Class A or B driver license, limited provisional license, limited learner permit, learner permit or state ID
- Has a U.S. government document indicating legal presence
Renewing in Person
Appointments are required for ALL services that need to be completed in a driver license office. Make an appointment now.
An individual can also renew their driver license at an
N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles driver license office by
passing any required driver license tests. If renewing a license that has been lost or stolen, they must provide the following documents:
Renewal by Mail
A North Carolina resident may renew by mail their standard driver license once by mail in their lifetime if they are temporarily living outside of the state for at least 30 continuous days. If on active duty with the U.S. Armed Forces and stationed outside North Carolina, a North Carolina resident may renew twice in their lifetime and back to back.
Commercial licenses cannot be renewed by mail.
Licenses renewed by mail are temporary and expire 60 days after the individual returns to North Carolina or on the expiration date on the face of the license, whichever comes first.
Individuals must sign and date both a provided vision statement and a National Sex Offender Affidavit to renew by mail.
Additionally, they must have:
- A verifiable permanent North Carolina residence address
- A North Carolina Class C driver license that has been expired less than two years
- On file with NCDMV a photo that was issued within the last eight years (less than age 65)
- On file with NCDMV a Social Security number or a U.S. government-issued document indicating legal presence
Renewal Services for Military Personnel
The N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles offers current and retired personnel of the U.S. Armed Forces
convenient options for renewing vehicle registrations and driver licenses.