✅ Updated September 2020

Ultimate guide to renewing your driver's license in Alabama

Here's the ultimate guide to renewing your driver's license in Alabama. We've simplified the entire process for you so you can save time.

 

What You’ll Need to Renew your Alabama Driver License

Online Renewal

  • Driver’s License Number
  • Date of Birth
  • Last 4 of  SSN
  • Your current address must match the address on your DL. 
  • Credit Card
    • Pay the $36.25 driver's license fee.
  • Printer to print your temporary license that is valid for 30 days from the transaction date.

In person 

  • Your current AL driver's license.
  • Pay the $36.25 driver's license fee.
  • Pass any required examination (if applicable).

By mail

  • Complete the Application for a Renewal License for Alabama Drivers Temporarily Out of State.
  • Obtain a money order for $36.25 made payable to the Driver License Department.
  • Gather proof of your reason for being out of state, such as a copy of your military ID and orders or your student ID and enrollment papers, or a certification letter on company letterhead from your employer.
  • Provide your full name, birth date, AL driver's license number, and Social Security number (SSN).

What You’ll Do to Renew your Alabama Driver License

To renew your driver’s license online.

To renew your driver’s license in person.

  • Step 1: Visit your local driver’s license office.
  • Step 2: Provide your currrent Driver’s license. 
  • Step 3: Pay $36.25 driver’s license fee. 
  • Step 4:Have your photo taken. 
  • Step 5: DPS will issue you a temporary Driver’s License - until you receive one in the mail within 30 days. 

To renew your driver’s license by mail.

  • Mail all your documents at: 

          Alabama Department of Public Safety

          Driver License Department

          P.O. Box 1471

          Montgomery, AL 36102

Caveats and Exceptions to Renewing your Alabama Driver License

  • Online renewal is only permitted once every 8 years online. You are eligible to renew 180 days prior to expiration date.
  • A non- refundable fee will be  collected at the end of your transaction online. If for any reason the transaction is not completed your card will not be charged.
  • If renewing online your address must match on your DL. Your license card will be mailed to the mailing address on file. 
  • You may renew your license by mail if you’ve obtained a AL driver’s license with your photo and signature within the last 4 years.
  • You may renew your license in the mail if you are:
    • Military personnel or the dependent of someone in the military.
    • A college student who’s away from home. 
    • Or a resident who is temporarily out of state due to work. 
  • The Driver License Department of the Alabama Department of Safety allows you to renew your Driver’s License 180 days before it expires, and even gives you a grace period of 60 days after it expires in which your license will still be valid. 
  • A new photo is required every 8 years.
  • If your AL driver’s license has been expired for no more than 3 years, you can renew it without examination. If the license has expired for more than 3 years, the AL DPS will require you to retake the written and or road test again.

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