When you make an out-of-state military move at some point in time you'll be faced with making a decision about your driver's license. Will you change it to your new state or will you renew your existing license from the state it was issued from?
Before you make your decision you'll want to educate yourself in two key areas:
1. The renewal laws from the state where your license was issued.
2. Your new state's laws regarding changing an out-of-state license, to include how they determine residency.
This is important because some states have stricter laws than others. Montana, for example, requires military spouses employed in the state to get a Montana driver's license within 90 days of being hired.
Since servicemembers and their families make frequent moves (PCS), many states have created special driver's license renewal laws for military personnel and their dependents.
Driver's License Renewal Laws By State for Military
To learn how to renew your existing license, select the state where your driver's license was issued from.
- California (Scroll down the page to "Military Personnel Away From Home.")
- District of Columbia
- Kentucky (Scroll down the page for military license renewal information.)
- New Hampshire
- New Jersey
- New Mexico
- New York
- North Carolina (Scroll down to license renewal.)
- North Dakota
- Oregon 415
- Rhode Island
- South Carolina
- South Dakota
- Tennessee (Scroll down to "Military Personnel" section.)
- West Virginia
- Wyoming (Scroll down to "military exemptions" located in the Renewing Your Driver's License Section.)