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Photo: RYO Alexandre (Shutterstock) Passport and driver’s license photos are notoriously bad—about as far from glamour shots as you can get. The only upside to braving the DMV to get a renewed license is the chance to swap out your outdated or unflattering photo. Unfortunately, you generally can’t renew your license whenever you want. States generally allow renewals within six months of the expiration date, and many licenses are valid for up to eight years. If you do really want to change your photo, you can—at a cost: You’ll need to request a replacement or duplicate license instead, as you would if yours were lost or stolen. The process to get a replacement or duplicate driver’s license depends on the state, but you’ll generally have to provide similar identification documents to when you originally applied, like a passport, birth certificate, Social Security card, proof of address, etc. Go to your state’s DMV website to find out what you’ll need. You can also expect to pay for your replacement license. Fees are set by the state and range anywhere from $5 in Illinois to $31 in California. If you’re within six months of your expiration date, you may be required to pay a higher, full renewal fee. While this process can be done online, you’ll obviously have to go to the DMV office and apply in person if you want to replace your photo. Alternatives to a replacement or duplicate license If your state allows in-person applications for address or […]