Break up with in-person DMV visits and complete most of your DMV to-do list online instead. From renewing vehicle registration to changing your address on your driver’s license or ID card or driver’s license renewal, the DMV continues to expand its online services to help meet your needs.
Q: I need to renew my vehicle registration; do I have to go into a DMV office?
A: Most people can renew their registration without a trip to the DMV. Check your notice from the DMV to make sure you’re eligible.
The DMV’s website has a “service advisor” that can tell you what options are available, such as renewing online, at a certified business partner, at your local AAA or at a nearby kiosk. Before you begin the renewal process, make sure you have the following:
— Your license plate number.
— The last five digits of your vehicle identification number (VIN) or hull identification number (HIN) for a vessel/boat.
— A renewal notice confirming your current address. If you have moved, update your address about one week before beginning your renewal application.
— Your payment information.
Q: My driver’s license is about to expire; can I renew it online?
A: For people who are not required to come to an office to take a test or eye exam, yes. With the DMV’s online services, most people are eligible to easily replace their driver’s license or ID, or REAL ID online as long as they do not need to change their address or personal description, are not applying for a REAL ID for the first time and are not renewing a commercial driver’s license.
If you want to upgrade your driver’s license or ID to a REAL ID during your renewal, you can start the application online but will need to finish the process in a DMV office.
For more information about the DMV’s online services, visit www.dmv.ca.gov/online.