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Idaho Driver’s License Renewal (A Complete 2022 Guide)

Idaho Driver's License Renewal (A Complete Guide)

 Is your Idaho driver’s license about to expire? 

Maybe you got a notice to renew your license.

If so, then it’s time to get it renewed before it expires. 

But what are the Idaho driver’s license renewal requirements?

In this complete guide, we’ll give you all the details. We’ll talk about the steps on how to renew it through the different channels. 

We’ll also answer the most frequently asked questions. 

So let’s dive right in! 

How to Renew Your Driver’s License in Idaho

The good news is that you have 3 options to renew your Idaho driver’s license. These are:

  • Online
  • By mail
  • At an office

Let’s go over each of these channels one by one. 

How to Renew Your Idaho Driver’s License Online

To renew your license online, you first have to be eligible. 

Here is a list of the eligibility requirements: 

  • You’re between 21-69 years old
  • You’re renewing your Class D license
  • Your license is valid or has not expired for more than 25 months
  • You won’t be changing your name on your license
  • You will retain all endorsements in your license
  • You are not upgrading to a Star Card
  • You are a US citizen or permanent resident
  • Your most recent renewal was 4 years or less
  • You are renewing a 4-year license 

If you meet all these requirements, you can begin the process. 

  1. Go to the Idaho Transportation Department Online Services 
  2. Sign in (you can easily create an account if you don’t have one)
  3. Follow the online prompts
  4. Pay the renewal fee of $35 plus an online service fee
  5. Wait for your new driver’s license to arrive by mail within 12-14 business days. NOTE: This is why it’s important to renew before your license expires. 

And there you have it!

As simple and convenient as that!

How to Renew Your Idaho Driver’s License By Mail

Just like online renewals, there are eligibility requirements to renew your Idaho driver’s license by mail. These are:

  • You must be between 21-69 years old
  • Your license should be valid or has not expired for more than 25 months
  • You should not have renewed by mail in the last 8 years. NOTE: mail renewal is only allowed once every 8 years.
  • You did not extend the expiration date of your current driver’s license 
  • You have received a renewal notice and a renewal application form from the County

Are you eligible? If so, follow these steps to renew your Idaho driver’s license through the mail:

  1. Fill out the renewal application form. You can choose between a 4-year or 8-year license here. 
  1. Pay the renewal fee of $30 for a 4-year license OR $55 for an 8-year license. There is also an administrative fee of $1. NOTE: you can pay using a check, money order, or credit card (Visa/Mastercard). 
  1. Send the application and the payment to the address in your renewal application form.

After that, your driver’s license will be mailed to you within 12-14 business days. 

Sure, it’s not as convenient as online renewal, but it’s still super simple. 

How to Renew Your Idaho Driver’s License in Person

Anyone can renew their driver’s license at a DMV licensing office. However, some people are required to renew in person. These are:

  • Those who are below 21 years old or older than 69 years old
  • Those with licenses that have expired for more than 25 months
  • Those who got an extension for their expiring license
  • Those who have renewed by mail in the last 8 years

Whether you MUST renew in person or you just prefer this method, here are the steps: 

  1. Go to your nearest DMV office that has licensing services. 
  2. Submit these documents: 
  • Proof of identity – legal name and date of birth
  • Social Security Number
  • Proof of US citizenship or legal presence
  • Proof of residency in Idaho

Click here to see which documents are acceptable. 

  1. Fill up the renewal application form at the office. 
  2. Take and pass the vision exam. 
  3. Pay the license fee depending on the length of validity years 
    1. 3-year license (age 18 to 20 only): $25
    2. 4-year license: $30
    3. 8-year license: $55
  4. Surrender your old driver’s license and receive a new, temporary driver’s license. Your official license wil be mailed to you in 12-14 business days. 

Yes, there are a few more steps to in-person renewals. This is why it’s best to do online or mail renewals. But if you’re required to renew at an office, then you HAVE to go through these steps. 

Don’t worry, it’s still very simple, too 

Frequently Asked Questions

Got some questions about driver’s license renewal in Idaho? Here is additional information to help you even more. 

When does my driver’s license expire in Idaho?

Your driver’s license expires depending on your age. For example, if you’re 17 years old, your driver’s license will expire a few days after you turn 18. This process will convert your underage license to a full driver’s license. 

If you’re at least 18 years old and you have a full driver’s license, it expires in 4 or 8 years. For a specific date, you can always check your driver’s license for the expiration date. 

Is there a grace period for expired driver’s licenses in Idaho?

Yes, you are given 30 days from your driver’s license expiration date to renew your license. That said, you will have to pay a penalty fee. 

Do you have to take a test to renew your driver’s license in Idaho?

If you’re renewing in person, you’re required to take a vision test. Also, if your license has expired for more than 1 year already, you will be asked to take a knowledge exam.

How much does it cost to renew your driver’s license in Idaho?

The regular rate is $30 for a 4-year full driver’s license. If renewing for 8 years, you have to pay $55. 

What is proof of residency in Idaho?

Here are some documents that you can show to the DMV if you’re asked for proof of residency in Idaho: 

  • Lease/rental agreement
  • Mortgage or deed of the property
  • Account statement from two different public utilities address to your Idaho address

Conclusion

That was your complete guide to the Idaho driver’s license renewal. 

As you can see, renewing your driver’s license in Idaho is super easy. Even more so if you are allowed to do it online or by mail. 

If you’re required to renew at an office, don’t worry. There might be a few more steps, but it’s still very simple. 

So if you’re driver’s license is about to expire, what are you waiting for?

Now that you know all the steps, get it renewed right away!

You don’t want your license to expire as (1) you’ll have to pay a penalty fee and (2) you won’t be able to drive while you wait for your official license to arrive. 

Renew your Idaho driver’s license now!

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