How to Replace a Lost License in Texas
The state of Texas has protocols in place for lost and/or stolen licenses. If you ever find yourself in this stressful position, look no further than our little guide to replacing a lost license in Texas.
When You’re in Texas
If you’ve misplaced your drivers license, the process is relatively simple. Since you no longer have a primary form of identification, the state will need to verify that your identity in alternative ways. You’ll need to appear in person at a drivers license office, with another acceptable proof of identity and your Social Security number. These can include:
- Birth certificate
- Social Security card
- U.S. citizenship or naturalization certificate
- Unexpired U.S. military I.D. card
Once you’ve sufficiently proven your identity, you can fill out the form that they will provide you, and pay a fee of $11 for a duplicate license. After that, you’re good to go.
When You’re Out-of-Town
The tricky part is knowing what to do when your license is lost or stolen when you’re out of state. If you’re traveling and need your license immediately, unfortunately there’s not much to be done. But if you can wait a few weeks and you have family or friends who can help you out on the meantime, then there’s a solution for you.
You’ll need to complete and submit:
- A Texas Driver License and Identification Renewal/Duplicate Application
- An Out-of-State/Country Application
- A check or money-order with the appropriate fee.
- Males 18-26 will also need to fill out a U.S. Selective Service Registration form.
Note also that if you’ve gotten a traffic ticket within the last year, you’ll also need to submit to an eye exam at a local driver license office or by an available doctor.
Your new license will be mailed either to your Texas residence, or the address you provide on the Out-of-State/Country form. Wait 3-4 weeks, and your problems are over.
What About a Stolen License?
If you suspect your drivers license has been stolen, you should immediately file a police report. As soon as you can, head to a driver license office and report the theft. You’ll need to provide proof of fraudulent activity, and if the DPS agrees, then you’ll be issued a new drivers license number after following the general steps needed to replace a lost license.