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How to Replace a Lost Driver’s License


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If your driver’s license or ID card has been lost, stolen, or damaged beyond use or recognition, you’ll want to request a replacement as soon as you can. 

The pages in this section will provide you with a simple guide on what to do if you’ve lost your driver’s license or identification card in each state. 

We’ll cover:

  • What you need to do if you’ve lost your license.
  • How to replace it in your state.
  • How much a duplicate license will cost. 

Remember, your driver’s license is an important form of identification that you probably use a lot more than you think.

Additionally, driving a vehicle without your driver’s license on you can result in a traffic ticket. 

If yours is lost, don’t hesitate to replace it! 

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What To Do If You Lose Your Driver’s License

Losing anything is never a fun experience. But your driver’s license has got to be one of the worst things to misplace. 

If your driver’s license is lost or stolen, you’ll want to take the steps to replace it as soon as possible. 

For one, driving without a valid license with your (or valid proof of your driving privilege) can result in a traffic ticket. 

Plus, if your driver’s license has fallen into the wrong hands, you may be at risk of fraud or identity theft. 

Don’t worry though, replacing your license is an easy process. Check out the steps below, and find your state above for a simple guide on exactly how to replace your license. 

Step 1: Try to Locate It

The first step may sound obvious (and you may have already tried it), but it’s always worth trying to retrace your steps to where you may have left your license.

Try to think about the last time you had it out. Or think about the last time you had your wallet or purse out. It’s possible that your license fell out or was left behind where you last had it. 

Restaurants, bars, banks, or anywhere you were asked to hand over your license to provide proof of your age or identity are common places where people tend to leave their driver’s license behind. 

If you still can’t find it, move on to step 2. 

Step 2: Was Your License Stolen?

If you suspect your driver’s license was stolen, there are some extra steps you’ll want to take to both protect yourself and satisfy the necessary requirements with your state DMV. 

You may need to file a police report. 

This can also be a good idea if your license is simply lost, as it will establish a paper trail that protects you in the event that your old license is used during a crime or violation. 

Contact your local law enforcement agency or state DMV to file the necessary reports. 

Step 3: Request a Replacement License OR Renew

Next, you’re ready to take the steps towards getting a new driver’s license. 

Depending on your state, you’ll either have the option to replace your license:

  • In person at your local DMV office. 
  • By mail
  • Online

Most states will charge a fee to replace your license. The replacement license fee will typically range from $12 to $35. 

After you’ve completed the necessary forms, your new driver’s license will generally be mailed to you in a few weeks. 

NOTE: If your old license was about to expire or within 6 months of expiring, you may have the option to renew your driver’s license instead. 

If you’re able to renew your license instead of replacing it, you may be able to save a little money in the long run. 

What will you need to replace your driver’s license?

When you need to replace your license, there are some documents and pieces of information that can be helpful to have on hand. 

If your state allows you to renew online, you’ll typically need:

  • Your full name as it appears on your lost license
  • Your residential address. 
  • Your date of birth
  • Your Social Security Number
  • Your driver’s license number or online PIN. 

If you need to visit your local DMV office in person or are asked to provide additional proof of identity documents, you may need:

  • Your birth certificate. 
  • Your US passport. 
  • Proof of your address. 

How much is a replacement license?

Refer to the table below for how much a replacement license will cost in your state. Please refer to your state DMV’s website for the most up-to-date fees and details. 

In some states, replacement driver’s license fees will vary depending on your age or the expiration date of the license. 

StateReplacement License Fee
Louisiana$13 – $17
Missouri$26 – $32
New Hampshire$10
New Jersey$11
New Mexico$18 – $34
New York$17.50
North Carolina$13
North Dakota$8
Rhode Island$27.50
South Carolina$10
South Dakota$15
Washington DC$20
West Virginia$10

Step 4: Get a Temporary License BEFORE You Drive

Before you get behind the wheel, you should wait until your replacement license arrives OR until you have a temporary license from the DMV. 

In most states, you’ll receive a temporary paper license to use as proof of your driver’s license until your new one arrives in the mail. 

Driving without a valid driver’s license can result in tickets, fines, and points on your driving record. 

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