It's one of the worst feelings in the world - you reach into your wallet or bag to get out your driver's license, only to discover it's not there! As you frantically search and search without result, you start to realize that it's true: your license is really lost.
The state of Texas has protocols in place for lost and/or stolen licenses. If you ever find yourself in this stressful (but solvable!) position, look no further than our little guide to replacing a lost license in Texas.
When You're At Home
If you've misplaced your driver's license but you're still at home, the process is relatively simple. Since you no longer have a primary form of identification, the state will need to verify that you are in fact who you say you are! You'll need to appear in person at a driver's license office, with another acceptable proof of identity and your social security number. These can include:
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 not at home. 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... if you're spending the summer with family or friends who can help you out on the meantime... then there is a solution for you.
You'll need to complete and submit:
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!
Stolen License Syndrome
If you suspect your driver's license has been stolen, you should immediately file a police report. The next step is to come into the 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 driver's license number, and you'll need to follow all of the same steps listed above for a lost license.
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