Replace Drivers License

In this article, I’m going to go over the different rules and requirements for getting a replacement driver’s license in California. I’m going to go over what the steps and requirements are for a regular United States citizen, as well as what the steps and requirements are for military members. I’m also going to go over out-of-state driver’s license replacement and the price of replacing a driver’s license.

Replacing a Driver’s License in Person

In California, replacing a driver’s license online is not an option. This isn’t the case in all states, but in California the process of replacing a driver’s license is done either through the mail or at a DMV ( Department of Motor Vehicles). While replacing your license through the mail is an option, there are limited payment options and long turnaround times. With that being said, the most common way to replace your license is to go to the DMV. In order to get a replacement driver’s license at the DMV, you must bring proof of ID, proof of residency and proof of your Social Security number. Acceptable forms of proof of ID are a United States passport and a United States birth certificate. Acceptable forms of proof for residency are bank statements, a permanent residence card and utility bills. Acceptable forms of proof for your Social Security number are a Social Security card and a Medicare card. Once you provide the DMV with the required information, you will then pay a $27 fee for your replacement license, provide your thumbprint and have your photo taken. You will then be issued a temporary interim license and will receive your replacement license within 60 days.

Can You Replace a Driver’s License While Out-Of-State?

If you happen to travel out-of-state and lose your license, then you’ll have to wait to get a replacement license. Also, if you are from another state and lose your license while moving, you will have to go through the entire process of getting a new license. This is done at a DMV and will require your Social Security card, your birth certificate and a copy of your out-of-state driving records.

Replacing a Driver’s License While in the Military

If you are in the military, then replacing your driver’s license is a slightly different process then replacing it if you are an average United States citizen. In order to get a replacement license, you must first provide proof of your Social Security number, proof of residence and proof of ID. Acceptable forms of proof for your Social Security number are a Social Security card or an Armed Forces ID card. Acceptable forms of proof for residence are a bank statement or utility bill. Acceptable forms of proof for ID are a passport, birth certificate or a military ID card. Once you provide the DMV with the required information, then you pay a $27 fee for your replacement license, provide your thumbprint and get your photo taken.

How You Replace a Driver’s License Depends on the Circumstances

Throughout this article, I have gone over the different ways to get a replacement driver’s license in California. I have also gone over the requirements an average United States citizen must meet to get a replacement driver’s license, as well as the requirements military members must meet to get a replacement driver’s license. I have even told you the price of a replacement driver’s license and explained what you must do if you are out-of-state and lose you drivers license. With that being said, hopefully this article was helpful and next time you need to replace a driver’s license you’ll know exactly what to do.