Wednesday, March 20, 2019
Spent most of the day, yesterday at the Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA) Express Services facility in Columbia, MD renewing my driver's license.
Why? Although, I set an appointment for Friday, March 29th, 2019, I decided I wanted to get this process out of the way as soon as possible. My first mistake. I should have stayed with the original appointment.
Key to my driver's license renewal process was having my prescription for glasses updated and certified by a doctor. Saturday, I picked up the glasses and Sunday, the MVA paperwork signed by my doctor detailing my corrected vision with the prescription.
So this prompted the desire to have the license renewed sooner rather than later.
The second mistake- I photo copied my birth certificate and did not take the original with me to the MVA facility. I returned home to get the original. Although, I returned to the facility by 11:00 AM, I did not leave the center until after 3:00 PM.
Based on my experience, I thought I would post things you might do to avoid problems:
- Certified copy of your Birth Certificate
- Recent Passport (either this or the Birth Certificate)
- Original Social Security Card (How do I apply for a new or replacement Social Security number card?
- Understand Federal Law relating to Real ID. Wikipedia info about Real ID
- Set up an appointment and keep it.
Your State will probably provide the exact details as to the documents required for the renewal process, however the list above provides a good starting point.
My birthday, is not until July, so I had a little time to complete the process, however I wanted to make sure I had my eyes certified by a doctor before I went in to renew my license.
Maryland notified me in February that I could start my renewal process at anytime. The notification and collection of documents made me a little apprehensive at first, however I had more than enough in the large folder I used to collect the copies, including copies of diplomas, social security card, birth certificate, a motor vehicle registration, bank card statements, recent tax returns and official correspondence from state agencies.
Be sure to read carefully your State's requirements for the renewal process.