Driving Tests for Driver’s License Renewal

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Questions just like the ones on the official DMV written exam.

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The rules, costs and timelines for renewing your driver’s license differ from state to state. If you don’t renew your license before its expiration, there is a chance that you will have to retake your driving test. Your experience as a driver will help you with situational driving questions, but questions regarding fines and less common laws often leave experienced drivers stumped. Our free driving tests are updated annually, nearly identical to the official exams, and will properly prepare you to renew your driver’s license with ease.

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Our practice exams make it easy to ace your state’s written test — should you have to retake it. Find your state’s driver’s license renewal and testing requirements below to better prepare.
This warning sign means
the road ahead curves to the right.
the road ahead curves to the right and then to the left.
a winding road.
sharp right and left turns are ahead.
The arrow represents the directions of traffic ahead.
This sign indicates a double curve ahead. The road ahead curves to the right and then to the left. (If there were a triple curve ahead, a winding road sign would be posted instead.) Slow down, keep right, and do not pass.
What does this sign mean?
There is a 35-degree curve ahead.
The minimum speed for this curve is 35 mph.
The maximum speed for this curve is 35 mph.
The recommended speed limit for this curve is 35 mph.
This is an advisory sign.
This sign states that the recommended speed limit for this curve is 35 mph.

Renewing Your Driver’s License

Do you know when your driver’s license expires? Not all states send renewal notices, so it’s important to be aware of your driver’s license expiration date, how far in advance you may renew, and if there is a grace period following your license expiration date. Waiting too long to renew your license could result in fees and having to retake one or more driving exams to obtain a license. Find your state below for more information on renewing your driver’s license.

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Do I Need to Renew My License In Person?

There are four ways to renew your driver’s license — in person, by mail, by telephone or online. However, not every state offers all four of these options. If you have changed your name, address, or other information, you may have to renew in person. If your license has expired beyond a certain time period, you may also have to renew in person. On the other hand, states like Pennsylvania don’t allow in-person license renewals at all. Make sure to check with your local BMV, DLD, DMV, DOL, DOT, DPS, MVA or OMV for state-specific requirements for driver’s license renewal.

Do I Need to Take a New Photo to Renew My License?

Your driver’s license photo has to be updated periodically as you age to accurately represent your appearance. How often you have to update your driver’s license photo differs for each state, as does whether or not you are allowed to smile in your photo. For the best results, plan ahead. If you are renewing in person, it’s a good idea to assume you may have your photo taken and dress accordingly. Here are seven great tips for taking an excellent driver's license photo to help you take a photo you’ll love for the next several years.

Do I Have to Retake the Driving Test to Renew My License?

If your driver’s license has expired, there’s a high likelihood that you will need to retake one or more exams to renew your license. While you may pass the driving test with flying colors, the written exam’s answers aren’t always so obvious. We recommend practicing for your state’s written driving exam using our free practice exams!


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