In most states, it is not necessary to take a test to renew your driver's license. Instead, you only need to fill out a renewal form and submit it, along with the appropriate fee, to the local Department of Motor Vehicles.
One common cause for needing to take a test to renew your licence is if you suffered a disability or impairment after receiving your license. In this instance, you may need to visit a physical Department of Motor Vehicles office and take an in-person test to show that you are still capable of safely operating your vehicle in spite of the disability. You may also need to take an eye exam at the local office if you recently developed the need to wear glasses or experienced any injuries to your eyes.
Many states only require drivers to pass a written or in-person driving test during the initial licensing period, after which the driver only needs to fill out the appropriate renewal forms once the current license expires. This process may occur in person, through the mail or online, depending on state laws and service availability. However, some states prohibit drivers with infractions from renewing online. After submitting the form and fees, the new license typically arrives via mail in up to 90 days.