In order to maintain DMV service levels and control costs, the driver license renewal period will begin to migrate from a five-year to eight-year period.


A new driver licensing renewal process will begin in January 2012, the Delaware Department of Transportation’s Division of Motor Vehicles announced today.  In order to maintain DMV service levels and control costs, the driver license renewal period will begin to migrate from a five-year to eight-year period.

According to DelDOT, The number of licensed drivers in Delaware has increased by nearly 100,000 in just the last ten years. The current number is a little more than 652,000. The extension to eight-year renewals will allow for future growth of licensees while reducing the frequency with which customers will need to visit the DMV.
In order to effectively transfer more than 650,000 people to the new eight-year-term and evenly distribute customer volume, it will be necessary for the DMV to renew some driver licenses for less than the full eight years during the migration process. To accomplish this, a computer program will randomly select those with expiring licenses for renewal lengths of five, six, seven, or eight years. All renewals will expire on the applicant’s birth date.

The department says there will be no fee increase in this program as the cost of renewal will be tied to the length of the renewal and will maintain the current annual rate. Once the full migration process is completed by December 12, 2016, all driver licenses will be issued for eight years unless the customer is limited by their legal presence in the United States or carries a hazardous material endorsement.

Pricing Charts are as follows:
Class D and Non-CDL Class A & B Driver Licenses
The fee for a five-year driver license is $25 and will increase at a rate of $5 per year, not to exceed eight years.
•Five-year driver license $25.00
•Six-year driver license $30.00
•Seven-year driver license $35.00
•Eight-year driver license $40.00

If you are a permanent driver license holder, the fee for a five-year permanent driver license is $15 and will increase at a rate of $3 per year, not to exceed eight years or a $24 fee.
•Five-year permanent driver license $15.00
•Six-year permanent driver license $18.00
•Seven-year permanent driver license $21.00
•Eight-year permanent driver license $24.00

Commercial Driver Licenses
The fee for a five-year CDL is $30 and will increase at the rate of $6 per year, not to exceed eight years. See chart below. CDLs endorsed for hauling hazardous materials will remain on a five-year renewal cycle.

•Five-year CDL $30.00
•Six-year CDL $36.00
•Seven-year CDL $42.00
•Eight-year CDL $48.00

Motorcycle Endorsement
The fee for motorcycle endorsements are $8 for a five-year endorsement and $12 for an eight-year endorsement. Motorcycle endorsements are not available for six-year or seven-year endorsements.

For all licenses, a $1.15 late fee is charged if the renewal takes place after the expiration date.