How Do I Replace a Lost Driver's Permit?

The procedure to replace a lost driver's permit typically includes the submission of a police report, documentation and forms to the state's Department of Motor Vehicles. The exact requirements vary from state to state.

Driver's can lose their permits by accident or to theft. If permits are lost because of a crime, many states require the victim to file a police report before they will issue a duplicate license. Most states also offer online forms to complete for a replacement permit. However, some states, such as New York, do not allow the submission of an online form if a person is requesting a free replacement because the license was lost due to a crime. Instead, drivers should order a replacement by mail. Except in the case of loss due to a crime, a fee is typically charged for a duplicate permit.