Renewing your license at the California DMV
Renewing is not as difficult as it used to be. In part probably to keep down wait time in the high volume DMVs of California.
By mail, internet or in person are the three options the DMV in California offers. If used right, each of these methods is a good option.
Good old fashioned snail mail works just fine if it saves us a trip to the DMV.
However it is important to start the mail renewal process at least 60 days prior to your license expiration date to ensure there is no lapse.
To be eligible you must:
Errands are being made easier and easier with the help of the internet, the DMV errand is no exception.
When you receive your renewal by mail it should have a renewal identification number. With that number you can go here and renew online providing you qualify.
Qualifying is as simple as having:
- Internet access
- No changes of personal information
- A social security number
- A credit card
Renewal in person
You only need one form, the DL 44 and you only need that if you don’t have the renewal notice that the DMV mailed to you.
What they’ll ask for:
Name changes on your CADL
Unfortunately changing your name on your drivers license requires a visit to your local DMV.
Essentially you will have to fill out a DL 44 Form with your updated information, give your thumb print and your smile for the camera then open your wallet.
Change of address
When you move, let the DMV know. They make it easy these days, you have four options:
2) Phone and postal mail. Call them at 800-777-0133, they will mail you an original and you must mail the original back to them, after you fill it out. **
3) Download Form DMV 14, fill it out and mail it to the address they provide on the form. **
4)Visit a DMV office, and complete the form. Be sure not to leave without getting your DL 43 Form to complete with your new information and carry with you.
**If you utilize one of these methods, be sure to write or type your updated information on a piece of paper, sign and date it and carry it with your CADL.