Nebraska License Renewal: A Step-by-Step Guide

The Nebraska Department of Motor Vehicles oversees the license renewal process.

The state will send a renewal notice at least 30 days before the expiration date. You have up to 90 days after your license expiration to renew if you’re 21 years old or older. Waiting beyond 1 year past its expiration may require you to retake the written test when renewing.

The state offers an early renewal for those who qualify (21+ and out of the state). All other individuals should report to an NE DMV location to complete their renewal.

Nebraska license renewals are done:

  • In-person
  • Online

… and by mail depending on your eligibility.

The following shares a quick and easy guide to renewing your driver’s license in Nebraska.

How to Renew Your NE Driver’s License

A valid NE driver’s license is required if you drive on state roads and highways. You will receive your renewed documents within 20-days regardless of how you renew. Insurance isn’t a requirement when renewing unless you plan to drive on state roads and highways.

In-Person License Renewal

You will do the following to renew in-person:

  1. Go to an NE DMV location
  2. Submit your renewal notice
  3. Show proof of ID and residency
  4. Complete and submit a New, Renewal, Duplicates and Replacements, Permit, Class O (Car), Class M (Motorcycle) and State ID Card Data Form (DMV 06-104)
  5. Pass your tests:
    1. Vision
    2. Written & road (if required)
  6. Pay your renewal fees
    1. Up to 1-year: $7.50
    2. 1 to 2 years: $12.50
    3. 2 to 3 years: $16.50
    4. 3 to 4 years: $21.50
    5. Up to 5 years: $26.50
    6. Online transaction fee: $2.50

Congratulations! You’ve successfully renewed your Nebraska driver’s license. You’ll receive a temporary license until you receive the permanent one, by mail, in about 2 weeks’ time. Your license is valid for the length of time you paid – keep note of this for the next time you’ll renew!

Online License Renewal

Online license renewal is marked on the renewal notice and has requirements like:

  • Be a U.S. citizen
  • Be 21+ (no more than 72 years old) with a valid license
  • Haven’t renewed online in the past 10 years or changed name/address
  • Need to submit a medical examination and vision test
  • Physical appearance/description hasn’t changed dramatically
  • Do not have the G, V, or X restrictions

You will do the following to renew online:

  1. Go to an NE licensing portal
  2. Follow the on-screen prompts
  3. Enter your personal information
  4. Submit a payment
  5. Print your confirmation

You’ll receive your documents by mail in the coming weeks.

Mail-in License Renewal

Some individuals like out-of-state residents and military members can renew by mail.

Out-of-state:

  1. File the Out of State License Renewal, Replacements, Permit, Class O (Car), Class M (Motorcycle) Data Form (TSIRDT)
  2. Include a copy of your driver’s license
  3. Provide (2) NE residency documents
  4. Provide your out-of-state contact information (address and phone)
  5. Meet the vision requirements

Send your mail-in renewal to:

Nebraska Department of Motor Vehicles

P.O. Box 94726

Lincoln, NE 68509

You will receive an Issuance Certificate which you’ll sign and send back to the DMV. The DMV will then issue your permanent driver’s license – which should arrive in about a month.

Military members can request an exemption letting your license remain valid for 60 days after your return or deployment. You will send a signed/dated request with a copy of your driver’s license and military orders to the DMV with “Attn: Military Exemption”.

Renewals for military members are done through the same method as out-of-state residents. You will include a copy of your orders, leave papers, and discharge papers plus your military ID. Send this information, along with proof of residency, to the DMV.

Become a Better Nebraska Driver

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