Arizona License Renewal: The Hassle-Free AZ Renewal Guide

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Are you stressed out about having to renew your Arizona driver’s license? It can be overwhelming, considering the numerous forms and documents that need to be filled out in order for the process to go smoothly.

The Arizona Department of Transportation (DOT) Motor Vehicle Division (MVD) does not send a notice before your license expires. That’s because Arizona licenses remain valid until you turn 50.

You will, however, need to renew every 12 years for two reasons:

  • Update your license photo
  • Take a vision test

Those over 50 will need to renew every 5 years.

The renewal takes place at the Arizona MVD office. After completing the request, you’ll receive a temporary license until you receive the new one by mail. This process doesn’t take long if you’re prepared and follow the steps below.

Your Guide to Renewing an Arizona License

As noted, you will renew your license every 12 years for the updated photo and vision test. If you’re 50 and older, this takes place every 5 years.

You will do the following to complete an Arizona license renewal at the DMV:

  1. Visit an AZ DMV location
  2. Get a new license photo
  3. Take and pass the vision exam
  4. Provide (2) forms of ID
  5. Provide (2) proof of residency
    1. Otherwise: Submit an Arizona Residency Affidavit
  6. Pay the AZ license renewal fee
    1. 16 to 39yo: $25
    2. 40 to 44yo: $20
    3. 45 to 49yo: $15
    4. 50 and older: $10

You can use most forms of payment at the DMV locations (call and ask). After everything is submitted, you’ll get the temp license and receive the new one in about 30 days.

A Note about Expired Licenses

You’re wondering, “Can I drive with an expired AZ license?”. That’s a no. You will likely receive a hefty fine. Plus, you may have your license suspended or revoked. You don’t want that.

Those facing this situation should read our Suspended AZ License Guide for more details about regaining their driving privileges including what may have caused the suspension in the first place.