Driver’s License or ID Card Replacement

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If your driver’s license (DL), identification (ID) card, or commercial driver’s license (CDL) has been lost, stolen, or damaged, you may request a replacement.

How to Request a Replacement online (Driver's License Only)

  1. Complete Replacement Driver’s License Application online

How to Request a Replacement DL/ID in an office

  1. Complete a new DL/ID application

    Use our online DL/ID application to apply for a replacement driver’s license, ID card, or commercial driver’s license. If you would like to take this opportunity to convert to a REAL ID DL/ID card or CDL, you will be able to select REAL ID in the application.

    Minors applying for a replacement DL must have parents’ or guardians’ signatures on the application.

  2. Gather the required proof documents to show DMV

    If you do take this opportunity to convert to a REAL ID for the first time, you will need to provide 1.) proof of identity, 2.) social security number (SSN), and 3.) two proofs of California residency.

    See acceptable documents list

    If your replacement will not be a REAL ID, you do not need to provide any proof documents. 

  3. Visit a DMV office to complete the process

    Your replacement request isn’t complete until you come into a field office! You may either make an appointment, or check the current walk-in wait list time for your local office – wait times are often shorter than you would think at certain locations!

    Be prepared to pay the appropriate replacement licensing fee, have your photograph validated by DMV, and scan your thumbprint (to protect against identity theft). If applying for a REAL ID for the first time, bring your proof documents with you.

    What to expect:
    If you applied for a replacement driver’s license or commercial driver’s license, you will be given a temporary license valid for 60 days. If you applied for an ID card, you will be given a receipt as proof of application.

    You should receive your new DL or ID card in the mail within four to six weeks. If you have not receive your DL and/or ID card, call 1-800-777-0133 to check the status.