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Replace a Lost, Stolen, or Mutilated Driver's License


How to replace a lost, stolen, or mutilated driver's license. When your driver's license has been lost, stolen, or mutilated, you will need to go to the DMV office in order to get your driver's license replaced.

So, you ran over your driver's license, burned it, and then let Fido chew on it - what do you mean you need to replace it? In California, you need to have a driver's license that is not damaged in any way - and that's not just because Californians are a little snooty about their appearance (and they can be). The license may not be deemed valid unless someone can read it. So, if you have a lost, stolen, or mutilated driver's license, here's what you have to do.

Learn How to Replace a Lost, Stolen, or Mutilated Driver's License

The first thing you need to do if your license is lost or stolen is to take some time to look for it. Yes, look in your wallet, the laundry, and all of the other places it might have fallen. Chances are good you probably just dropped it somewhere stupid and you need to pick it back up. If the search is fruitless, you need to begin the process of heading to the DMV to get a new one.

And no, you can't do this online because the signing of the document needs to be done in the hallowed presence of a DMV representative. The document you will need to fill out is the Driver License or Identification Card Application (DL-44) and no, there are no trick questions on this form. You might need to hand over another form of ID, but if you've lost your driver's license, chances are that WAS your only form of ID. Until you get a new driver's license, as this can take a few weeks to arrive at your home, you'll be given a piece of paper that will act as a temporary license.

It'sIt's $22 to replace a driver's license if you're not a senior, and $23 if you are just getting a new ID card.

If you're out of state and you lose your license, you're out of luck. You need to come back to California to get a new license. But some people have been successfully at begging for an exception - try calling 916-657-7790.

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Q:Can i get drivers license in California if i lost my out of state?

A:If you are a resident in California and have lost your license in another state, you will have to visit your local DMV office in CA to get a new license. The process for getting a new license in simple. You will have to fill out a few forms and provide some proof of identification. Browse through our pages for more information.

Q:What do I need to take to the Dmv if I lost my license?

A:If you have lost your license and need to get a new one, you will have to visit your local DMV office. A DL-44 form has to be filled out, and you will also have to provide some form of identification. The process for getting a new license is quite simple. To find out more about this process, take a look at our page.