Replacing a Lost CDL in Georgia
You must apply for a duplicate commercial driver's license in person with the Georgia Department of Driver Services (DDS). Don't operate a commercial vehicle until you have a replacement CDL. For safety purposes, the DDS will change your license number ONLY if you file and provide a copy of a police report stating it was stolen
How to Apply for a Duplicate GA CDL
The Georgia Department of Driver Services (DDS) issues replacement commercial driver licenses. You must apply in person; you cannot apply online.
Visit your local DDS office and be prepared to:
- Complete an application to replace a lost CDL.
- Provide the required documents.
- Pay the $5 fee.
- This replacement fee applies ONLY if you have at least 150 days left before your CDL expires; if you have fewer than 150 days, you must renew your commercial driver's license and pay the renewal fee. See Renewing Your CDL in Georgia for details.
Because you're applying for a duplicate CDL rather than a duplicate driver's license, the DDS might impose additional requirements. Contact your local DDS office with any questions before making the trip.
Required Replacement CDL Documents
For any replacements, the GA DDS requires certain identification documents. You can choose 1 document from Category A OR 2 documents from Category B.
- The documents must be original or certified, unless otherwise stated.
- The name on the documents must match the name on your driver's license.
- All documents must be in English.
The DDS provides a complete list of acceptable documents.
Generally, CDLs are associated with other types of documents, such as paperwork for endorsements and medical certificates. Ask the DDS representative if you need to present any of these documents, too.
Changing Your GA License Number
The GA DDS will change your license number IF:
- The original number is your Social Security number.
- Your CDL was stolen and you filed a police report stating it was stolen.
- The DDS requires a copy of the police report.