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How to Renew an Instruction Permit

If your permit has expired, you must start again. This means resubmitting documents, paying the application fee, and taking the required tests.

If you are under 18 years of age, you will need your parents' or guardians' signature on the application form.

Cumulative Credit

Your driver license application is valid for 12 months from the application date. If you have had your driver's license application for at least 1 year, but haven't held a permit for at least 6 months, you have to return to DMV and fill out a new application.

  • You will need to pay the application fee again and complete all application requirements.
  • Take your expired permit with you to DMV.

You will be credited for the time you have held your instruction permit and receive cumulative credit towards your new permit to meet the six-month requirement before taking your driving test.

You must keep the expired permit with your new instruction permit until you pass your driving test. The new instruction permit and the expired permit is the only proof of credit that satisfies the six-month requirement. When a new application is started, DMV does not retain the previous application information. If you lose your expired instruction permit, without the necessary proof of a previous application, the full six-month waiting period will be required before you will be allowed to take your driving test.

Bring both your instruction permits with you when you take your driving test.