Did you lose your driver’s license? Don’t go driving your car without it. You shouldn’t worry so much if you lost your Texas drivers license. There are easy steps that you can go through to have it replaced. This is also true if your license was destroyed or was stolen. Here are the steps that you need to take to replace your driver’s license.
The first thing you need to remember is that the expiration date of your driver’s license will still be the same even if you have lost the original license and have it replaced.
First Step: Report the loss to the police
The very first step that you need to take is to report to the police that you have lost your driver’s license. Any police station that is near you at the time the license was lost will be good. The most important thing is that the incident is reported immediately after it happened. Keep in mind that if a criminally-minded person finds your license, he or she may use it illegally and then you will be in trouble.
Reporting it to the authorities immediately makes it even more important if you think your license was stolen. This is required by law. The Department of Public Safety in the state requires its citizens to report their lost drivers licenses if they know that they were stolen and are being used by other people. Therefore, it is your responsibility to report the theft of your license.
Second Step: Request for a new driver’s license
Since there is a chance that other people may use your lost license, you need to protect your identity. You can do this by requesting a new drivers license and a new ID number by taking the next step which consists of the following:
- Visit the licensing office in your local area.
- Submit a copy of the police report and
- Request for a new license.
It will be up to the DPS TX if it will provide you with a new ID number.
Third Step: Apply for a new driver’s license
The TX DPS requires you to personally apply for a duplicate or replacement license. However, if you are out of the state or if you are a military officer assigned elsewhere, you can be represented by another person, but only with or under your authorization. Here is what you need to do when applying in person:
- Visit the licensing office in your local area
- Submit a filled-up Application for Renewal/Replacement/Change of a Texas Driver License or Identification Card. You are required to use form DL-43 for this.
- Bring with you some proof of your identity which include one primary ID such as your professional ID issued by the government, military ID, passport, and two secondary IDs such as birth certificate, and others. Your SSS card and your voter registration card can also be used as supporting documents to prove your identity.
- Pay the license fee of $11 either by cash, credit card, money order or check.
The TX DPS may ask you to authenticate your important personal information like your date of birth or SS number. You may need to bring the actual documents to proof their validity. There is a list of acceptable documents that the TX DPS requires to validate your SS number. The documents validating your SS number is required by the TX DPS for drivers licenses. They are not required for ID cards.
If You Are Out Of The State
If you are a TX resident but are currently out of the state, and you lost your driver’s license, you can still request for a replacement. The replacement license will be mailed to your current address even if it is out of the state.
Here are the steps for applying for a replacement license or ID:
- Download the Out of State or Out of Country packet.
- Fill up the Application for Out of State/Country Renewal/Change of a Texas Driver License or Identification Card. This is Form DL-16. Write your TX permanent address in the address field and your present address in the mailing address field.
- Write a money order or check for $11 payable to Texas DPS and include a proof of your SSN to the TX DPS
- Mail all these documents to the Texas Department of Public Safety, P.O. Box 149008, Austin, TX 78714.
Upon the receipt of your request for license replacement, the TX DPS will process your application and you can expect to receive your new license within 45 days.