Steps to renew in person:
We are required to capture a customer’s full face when taking a picture for a driver license or non-driver ID card; therefore we need to be able to see from the top of your forehead to the bottom of your chin. If you have a medical or religious need to wear a head covering in your photo, please advise the MVC staff at the agency camera station.
Follow special instructions if you are out of the state for an extended period and unable to appear in person. You can renew up to six months in advance (*see exceptions below).
Many Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) customers are now eligible* to skip the trip to an agency and can conveniently renew their driver’s licenses or non-driver IDs through the mail.
Eligible customers will be mailed renewal materials along with instructions. Upon completion of the renewal process, the customer will be mailed a new, four-year photo document (using the photo and signature currently on file) within 10 business days after receipt of your payment. Customers are advised not to wait until the last day of their renewal month to renew by mail as they may not receive their new document prior to expiration.
Note: Customers who are eligible for mail-in renewal and choose to visit an MVC agency instead will be required to present 6 Points of Identification with proof of address and have a new photo and signature captured.
*Customers who possess a Commercial Driver License (CDL) or Graduated Driver License (GDL), have an active suspension, have a Temporary Visa Restriction (TVR), if you are required to have an ignition interlock device on your vehicle, or we require a new photo to be taken in-person, you are not eligible to renew through the mail at this time.
Identity protection is a primary focus for the Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC), which is why a number of measures have been introduced to ensure that customer information is securely maintained. New Jersey’s Driver’s Licenses and Non-Driver IDs have a number of sophisticated security features designed to prevent duplication or the possibility of alteration. Along with the use of advanced facial recognition technology and the MVC’s 6 Point Identification Program, the MVC is able to ensure that its customers are protected and that only those individuals who are legally entitled to obtain a driver’s license or ID may do so. The 6 Points of ID Program is designed to protect against identity theft by ensuring that no one gets a license without proving who they are. Unfortunately, this requires everyone to prepare ahead–and sometimes even to apply for new documents, such as a civil birth certificate issued by a state.
Any person undergoing medical treatment for an illness, whose physical characteristics have been temporarily changed due to medical treatment, may request an extension of the stored photo on their driver’s license. This extension shall not exceed one year from the expiration date of their current driver’s license. Eligible customers should visit a Motor Vehicle Commission agency with the required documentation for the temporary extension.
Prior to the expiration of the one year extension, customers must return to a motor vehicle agency to renew their license and update their photo. They will be required to present 6 Points of ID and proof of address.
Did you pass the 6 Points of ID requirements?
Take special note of the requirements for birth certificates and marriage certificates.
Motor vehicle agencies are usually not as busy during the middle of the day, middle of the week and middle of the month. Agencies are often busiest at the end of the week and end of the month.
Call the MVC's Customer Support line at 609- 292-6500 weekdays (except holidays) from 8:30 a.m. – 4:15 p.m.
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