License Information FAQ

Driver License, Identification Card and Instruction Permit

How do I apply for a driver license or instruction permit?

Visit AZMVDNow.gov to make an appointment. 

How much will my driver license or instruction permit cost?

Please see our fees page.

How do I apply for an ID card?

Please see our identification card page.

How do I apply for a motorcycle license?

Please see our Motorcycle License Information page.

How can I replace a lost or stolen license, and how much will it cost?

You may replace a lost or stolen driver license or identification card online. The fee for a replacement is $12. 

If your license has been lost or stolen and you have reason to believe someone else is using it, the incident should be reported to your local police department as an identity theft.

Do I have to take a driver license test?

If you have a current out-of-state driver license in your possession, you will normally not have to take a written or road test. However, in some cases it may be required.

What hours are the MVD offices open?

Office hours and availability may vary. Please see the Office Hours and Locations page.

How do I change my address?

You can change your address and contact information online at AZMVDNow.gov.  

When you change your address on our records, it will automatically change the address on your driver-license record and on each vehicle record in which you are designated to receive the registration.

How do I change my name on my driver license?

Please see our address and name change page.

Driver License Renewal

How do I renew my driver license?

You may renew your driver license up to 6 months before the expiration date of your current license. Most can be renewed online at AZMVDNow.gov or visit an MVD or Authorized Third Party office.

When will I need to update my photo?

You are required to update your photo every 12 years. At the end of 12 years, a notice will be sent to you requesting that you visit a driver license facility for a new photo and replacement driver license.

Will I receive a renewal notice prior to the expiration of my driver license?

No. There is no formal notification process.

Teen Driving

Do you offer practice tests online?

Yes. Please see our Driver License Practice Tests page.

What is a graduated driver license (class G)?

Please see our Teen Drivers page for information.

What Instruction Permits are available?

Please see our instruction permit page.

What are the penalties for moving violations while under the age of 18?

  • First violation: If you attend Defensive Driving School, your record will remain clean.
  • Second violation (first conviction): You must attend Traffic Survival School.
  • Third violation (second conviction): You will receive a three-month suspension.
  • Fourth violation (third conviction): You will receive a six-month suspension.

Motor Vehicle Records

How can I get a Motor Vehicle (Driver or Vehicle) Record?

If eligible, you can obtain and print a copy of a motor vehicle record online. You may also obtain a copy by completing a Motor Vehicle Record Request

What traffic convictions will show if an insurance company runs my MVR?

Any convictions received and showing on your driving record within the past 39 months will be provided to an insurance company.

What should I do if my current state is asking for a clearance letter from Arizona?

Clearance letters are no longer issued to individuals. Your state driver licensing jurisdiction must request clearance information directly from us.

How can I determine how many points I have on my driving record?

Purchase a Motor Vehicle Record online or contact MVD for this information. Be prepared to provide your full name, date of birth and driver-license number.

What tickets do I have on my driving record?

Purchase a Motor Vehicle Record online or contact MVD for this information. Be prepared to provide your full name, date of birth and driver-license number.

How long does a conviction stay on my record?

A conviction stays on your record for five years from the date of conviction.

Why do I have to attend Traffic Survival School?

Please see our Traffic Survival School page

Driver License Suspension, Revocation and Reinstatement

Why is my driver license suspended, revoked or both?

It depends on the violation. Purchase a Motor Vehicle Record online or contact us for this information. Be prepared to provide your full name, date of birth and driver-license number.

What is the difference between a revocation and a suspension?

Please see our revocation and suspension pages.

How can I reinstate a suspension?

Please see our reinstatement page.

How can I reinstate a revocation?

Please see our revocation page. If the license is revoked, you must submit a Revocation Investigation Packet

What do I need to do if I have moved out of state and just now received a suspension notice?

Depending on the violation, you may be eligible for a phone hearing, or you may send the necessary reinstatement requirements by mail. Contact MVD to review your record and determine what action is necessary.

When can I apply for a restricted driving permit?

What is a judgment suspension?

A judgment is generally a court order issued when someone has had an accident and was not insured. The judgment suspension is placed on the driving record in accordance with the court order.

What is an SR22?

Failure to maintain proper insurance could lead to the suspension of your vehicle registration, driver license or both. To reinstate these privileges, fees and future proof of financial responsibility must be filed with MVD. The future proof requirement is most commonly an SR22 from an insurance company licensed to conduct business in the state of Arizona.

How long am I required to have an SR22?

You must maintain an SR22 for three years from the date of suspension, unless it is a judgment suspension. Because judgment suspension requirements can vary from case to case, contact MVD to review your record and determine the length of time you need to maintain the SR22 for a judgment suspension.

When am I going to hear about my investigation?

You will receive a written response via your AZMVDNow account in your documents and by mail within approximately 30 to 45 days from the date the packet was submitted.

How do I schedule a hearing?

What is needed for a person from another country to drive in Arizona?

You may legally drive in Arizona using a valid driver license from another country. An international driving license or permit is not required, but it is recommended because it can be printed in English and used in conjunction with the driver license from the other country. If an international driving license or permit is used alone, it must be issued by a country other than the United States. Vehicle rental companies may have additional requirements.