How to Get ID When You Have Lost All Identification


Your ID card, specifically your driver's license or a state identification card, is required for numerous tasks, such as banking, driving, using a credit card or handling transactions at your child's school. Most secondary forms of identification, such as a social security card or passport, require a picture ID, which makes losing all your identification difficult. Take what information you do have and reapply for each piece of identification you've lost.

  • Contact your employer, school or organizations you have identification with. Inform them that you've lost your ID and request a replacement. Report any government issued IDs, such as government facilities including passports, military ID cards or base pass cards, via phone to the issuing agency as soon as you realize you've lost the cards.

  • Visit your local DMV office to report your driver's license or state identification card has been lost or stolen. Apply for a replacement card.

  • Take any documentation you may have, such as a birth or marriage certificate, social security card, copies of your passport or old, expired IDs, that can prove who you are. Have your social security number available, even if you don't have the actual card.

  • Complete any forms required by your state DMV and sign the forms in the presence of a DMV employee. A parent or guardian must accompany a minor.

  • Have your picture taken and let the DMV take your thumb print. The DMV will validate your identity through the information you provide on the form, your photograph, thumbprint and any documentation you can provide.

  • Pay the applicable fee for a replacement ID or driver's license. Confirm your address with the DMV to avoid extra delays. The DMV will provide you with a temporary license or ID. Your old ID will no longer be valid, even if you do find it.

  • Take your ID with you to replace your social security card, passport and any other identification you have lost.

Tips & Warnings

  • Make copies of your new ID and store it somewhere safe in case it gets lost or stolen again.
  • Leave a copy of your ID, passport and other important documents with a trusted family member or friend if you are traveling abroad. Report the lost documents with the U.S. Embassy if you lose your ID in another country.
  • Memorize your ID number and social security number to make it easier to replace lost ID if the situation ever happens again.


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