How Do You Replace a Lost or Stolen Driver's License in California?

How Do You Replace a Lost or Stolen Driver's License in California?

Replacing a missing California driver's license requires filling out the correct paperwork, paying the processing fees and having the Department of Motor Vehicles verify the person's identity. The process can take anywhere from a few days to several months depending on how quickly the person manages to pay the proper fees and turn in all the required paperwork.

The Department of Motor Vehicles takes extreme caution when replacing a driver's lost license as they want to ensure it is being catered to the appropriate recipient. Because of this, the driver must provide the following:

  • Proof of identification
  • Proof of residency
  • Social security number
  • Thumbprint
  • Prompt payment for the license

The following instructions explain how to replace a driver's license:

  1. Make an appointment with the local Department of Motor Vehicles
  2. Either call in ahead of time or walk in and wait to be attended.

  3. Provide proof of identity
  4. At the desk, provide proof of identity and residency. The clerk will then hand out the necessary paperwork. Fill it out and hand it back.

  5. Pay the fee
  6. Pay the required replacement fee. The DMV will then order a new card, which will appear within the next 2 months.

Interim driver's license

An interim license is only valid for 90 days and acts as a temporary license. The DMV will send out the replacement license within 60 days after the application has been processed. If the card is not received by then, contact the Department of Motor Vehicles for further support.