If your driver’s license was lost, stolen or otherwise damaged you are required to obtain a replacement as soon as possible. If you do not complete the replacement process in a timely manner, you could face severe penalties for operating a vehicle without proper credentials. You may also need to replace a license when you move to a new address or location.
How To Replace a License
Each state has their own set of requirements necessary to replace a license. But in general, you have the option of replacing your driver’s license in person, by mail or online. Depending on your state or county of residence, you may also be required to file a police report for a driver’s license that has been lost or stolen.
Applying for a replacement driver’s license can be done very easily in person at your local DMV or by mail. However, some states allow for an online verification process as well. But these states may also require a specific form of payment (credit or debit) and other eligibility requirements for those who wish to complete the replacement process online. If you are not eligible to replace a license online, you may still apply by mail or appear in person at your local DMV offices and submit the required paperwork along with any applicable fees.
When replacing a license, you may be required to submit the following:
- Application form
- Proof of Identity (US passport, military ID, etc.)
- Social Security card
- Proof of Residency
- Any applicable fees
- And More
Reporting a Lost or Stolen Driver’s License
Before requesting a replacement driver’s license, motorists are strongly urged to report their license lost or stolen to the proper authorities. Because your driver’s license contains specific information about your address, date of birth and other sensitive information, reporting the incident to local law enforcement is typically in your best interest. This process can help you to avoid identity theft, wrongful accusations and any other future inconveniences.
Additionally, if you present an official police report to the DMV, you may be eligible for a fee waiver and receive a duplicate driver’s license for a free or reduced fee.