How to renew Driver's licenses and vehicle registrations online


If you're like me, you're trying to find ways to get things done without being around a lot of people. So I want to share some tips on how to renew your driver's licenses online, as well as some ways to get your motor vehicle registrations taken care of in a safe and socially distanced manner.

To renew your driver's license online, simply go to the state’s online application linked here. This will allow you to: Renew your driver license and/or identification (ID) card Change the address on your driver license and/or ID card Replace a lost or stolen card View and change your emergency contacts

Important Tip:

You will need a printer to print your temporary driver’s license or ID, which is valid for 60 days. If you do not have a printer, you can renew by phone: 1-866-DL-RENEW (1-866-357-3639). You may also choose to receive the temporary driver’s license or ID by email, but you must print it in order for it to be a valid document.

What you Need:

  • • A valid credit card (Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express)
  • • The last four digits of your Social Security number
  • • Your current Texas driver license or ID card. If you do not have audit number, you will be required to complete additional authentication with an additional fee*

When you are ready to start the process, you will click the “Continue” button at the bottom of the welcome page. From there, you're going to enter your driver's license or your ID information, your date of birth, your audit number, and the last four digits of your social security number and it'll prompt you through the rest of the steps. There are nine steps in total. And it's pretty easy to get through.

What can you do if you are required to go in person to renew your driver’s license?

The Department of Public Safety has restricted access and availability of their offices as a precaution against spreading the coronavirus, but you can schedule appointments online. There is general information available on the DPS website linked here. To directly schedule an appointment, use this link. Once you get to this website, you're going to see a button that says schedule a driver's license appointment. And there you go. You will either be able to renew online or you'll be able to schedule an appointment.

How do I register my vehicle online?

Before you can register, your vehicle must first be inspected. Once you have taken care of that, you need to finish the renewal process to receive your registration sticker. So we're going to go the state registration renewal website linked here. You are going to need your license plate number and the last four digits of your Vehicle Identification Number. Once you enter that information, you will have five options: renew my registration, send an email reminder, an address change, specialty license plates, or military license plates.

What about the waiver on registrations issued by Gov. Abbott?

On March 13, 2020, Governor Greg Abbott issued a proclamation, declaring a state of disaster for all counties in Texas due to the threat of COVID-19. Governor Abbott also issued a statement on March 16, 2020, granting a temporary extension to obtain initial registration, renewal of registration, vehicle titling, and renewal of a permanent disabled parking placard.

Governor Abbott also granted a temporary extension for an individual with an expired 30-day temporary permit to obtain another permit or Texas registration. The temporary waiver applies to vehicle owners in all Texas counties as set forth in the proclamation. This temporary waiver is in effect until 60 days after TxDMV notifies the public that normal vehicle registration, vehicle titling and related services have resumed. The 60-day period will be the same for all counties. The waiver will allow Texans to avoid penalties for failure to timely title or register a vehicle, or renew a parking placard.

The waivers fall within the actions the Governor is taking under the State of Disaster and are part of Texas’ efforts to reduce in-person contact among Texans and slow the spread of COVID-19. For additional information, Texans should contact the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles at (888) 368-4689 or visit

What if you are ready to go and want to pick up your registration sticker in person?

Hays County offices are open and the Government Center in San Marcos has a drive-through. The other offices are open, but I would call ahead and see if you can schedule an appointed meeting time. But you can also renew your registration at the two HEBs in San Marcos or the ones in Kyle, Buda, Wimberley or Dripping Springs. So those are all available options to you as well.

If there is something that you want to know more information about, please let me know. I'll be happy to do the research and put that information out for you.