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How to Renew a Driver License in Nebraska

Renewing an expired drivers license in Nebraska is important to legally operate a vehicle in the state. Driving without renewing drivers license credentials can lead to serious consequences. Motorists who renew drivers license credentials before time through the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) avoid the penalties of such violations. Some residents find it difficult to renew a drivers license on time due to certain circumstances. However, most drivers can complete an online drivers license renewal form or mail in their DMV license renewal. Learn more about the Nebraska drivers license renewal process.

When to Renew a Nebraska Drivers License

Motorists who need to renew Nebraska drivers licenses will receive a postcard notice in the mail 30 days before their license expires. The drivers license renewal postcard is sent to all residents who hold a Class O license, commercial driver’s license, state ID or learners permit. When renewing a drivers license, applicants must have the notice and be prepared to pay a driving license renewal fee.

Most NE drivers will renew a drivers license every five years before their birthday, as that is when it expires. However, if you were under 21 years of age when you were issued your current license, it will expire on your 21st birthday. If you are under 21 years of age, then you may renew a drivers license 60 days before your 21st birthday. You may complete a DMV license renewal 90 days before your birthday if you are older than 21 years of age.

Eligibility for Online Drivers License Renewal in Nebraska

“Can you renew your license online in Nebraska?” is a question many motorists often ask. Many drivers are eligible to complete a drivers license renewal online rather than going in person. Drivers who wish to choose the renew drivers license online option can do so if the following requirements are met:

  • Your name has not changed since your last driving license or permit was issued.
  • Your physical features have not changed significantly from your current license picture.
  • You did not renew your license online last time.
  • You are younger than 72 years of age and your current license is expiring before your 72nd birthday.

If you renew your drivers license online, then you may also update your address at the same time. You are required to upload two documents showing your new address in order to complete the change. When renewing your license online, you will need to pay the required driving license renewal fee, provide identification and have a valid email address and phone number. Upon completion of your online drivers license renewal, you will receive your new license in the mail within 20 days.

Note:Online driver’s license renewals must be performed in person once every 10 years.

Renew Nebraska Drivers License at the DMV

If you are restricted from completing an online Nebraska driving license renewal, then you can visit an NE DMV in person. You may renew a drivers license at any DMV office in Nebraska. For faster DMV service, bring the following items with you:

  • A completed Operator’s License-ID Data form
  • A form of identification that includes your name and date of birth
  • Two documents that prove your residency
  • Payment for the fee

Drivers who renew a drivers license in person may need to complete a vision test and meet DMV medical requirements. If the photo on a driver’s license is out of date or it is the driver’s first time renewing in person in 10 years, then he or she should also be prepared to take a new photo at the DMV.

After renewing a drivers license at the Nebraska DMV, drivers will receive a receipt from the County Treasurer, which serves as a temporary license until the renewed drivers license arrives in the mail within 14 business days.

How to Renew Drivers License for Nebraska Residents Out of State

Many drivers wonder where to renew drivers license credentials in Nebraska when they are not eligible to renew them on the DMV website or in person at the DMV. Residents may apply for drivers license renewal before it expires if they are out of the state during their license renewal period. Out-of-state residents can also apply for a renewed drivers license within one year of it expiring. Note that a driver can only renew his or her driver’s license while out of state one time and he or she will need to appear at the DMV in person for the next renewal.

To renew driving licenses while out of state, complete an Operator’s License out of State Renewal form, which requires you to submit vision test results. Make a copy of your Nebraska driver’s license as well as two documents that verify your residency. In your DMV license renewal request, include your out-of-state address and phone number. You can mail all items to the following address:

Nebraska Department of Motor Vehicles

P.O. Box 94726

Lincoln, NE 68509

When you get the receipt of your drivers license renewal, sign the required document, attach the appropriate fee and mail it all back to the Nebraska DMV.

Note: Out-of-state residents may also renew credentials by faxing their paperwork to the state motor vehicle department.

How Military Members Can Renew Nebraska Drivers Licenses

To renew an expired driver’s license in Nebraska, active duty military members who are stationed outside of the state may be able to do so by mail or online. If renewing a drivers license by mail, then military members will need to provide a copy of their current orders, a copy of their leave papers, a copy of their discharge papers or a military ID and mail these items along with those listed in the out-of-state renewal section.

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