A lost or stolen driver's license can lead to identity theft and it is important to take the proper actions to protect your identity. You should obtain a credit report, financial and Social Security statement as soon as you find out that your driver's license has been lost or stolen. You may then need to file a police report if you find out that fraudulent activity has occurred to one of your accounts. The next vital step to securing your identity is to replace your driver's license.
Things You'll Need
- Social Security card
- Marriage license
- Birth certificate
Contact your local Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) once you have lost your driver's license and ask to cancel your license. This is important to do before going to DMV in case someone has stolen your driver's license and plans to use your information to hack into your financial accounts.
Go to the DMV to receive a new license. Make sure to bring identification records, such as a Social Security card, marriage license, birth certificate and passport. Each state has different requirements so it may be helpful to visit the Unofficial DMV Guide website to select your state and view the requirements for replacing your license.
Fill out the application given to you at the DMV that is required for replacing a driver's license. For example, in Connecticut you must fill out Form 1-B, which is known as the Application for Duplicate of Current Driver's License or Permit.
Pay the fee for your new license, which primarily covers the price of the application you have to fill out. The typical fee is $30 in most states and must be paid before you can proceed with receiving your new license.
Have your picture taken and wait for your new license. For some states, if you did not bring all of the required identification you may be given a temporary license for 10 days. You must then bring in the required identification that you forgot the first time within those 10 days to receive your replacement license.
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