How Do You Replace a Lost Drivers License?


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To replace a lost driver's license, visit the local Department of Motor Vehicles. In most states, it is necessary to provide documentation proving identity and residence to receive a replacement license.

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How Do You Replace a Lost Drivers License?
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To replace a lost or missing driver's license, contact the DMV in the county of residence to determine the cost and documentation required to obtain the license. Some states allow residents to apply for a replacement driver's license online. Typically, it is necessary to know the driver's license number to order a replacement license on the state's DMV website.

Residents applying for the license online should have a credit or debit card to pay the fees for the replacement license. The replacement license can be mailed to the address on file at the DMV when ordering online. Those visiting a local DMV also need to pay a fee for the replacement license. This fee varies based on the city or state of residence.

Most states accept birth certificates and social security cards to prove identity, but some may also accept passports or other documentation. Anyone who has changed their name since birth, such as women who have married and taken their spouse's name, may also be required to show documentation regarding the name change. A current voter's registration card or another approved document can often be used to prove residency.

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