# Add years to date

To add a given number of years to a date, you can use a formula based on the DATE function, with help from the YEAR, MONTH, and DAY functions.

In the example shown, the formula in D5 is:

### How this formula works

Working from the inside out, the YEAR, MONTH, and DAY functions extract those respective date components:

At the outer level, the DATE function simply reassembles the component values back into a valid Excel date. To add years to the date, we just need to add the value in C5 to the year component prior to reassembly:

The formula is then solved like this:

Note: if you need to add an "even" multiple of 12 months to a date (i.e. 12, 24, 36, 48, etc) you can use a much simpler formula based on the EDATE function. See: add months to a date.

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