Replacing a Lost License in Maryland
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A lost license can send even the most stable of people into a fit of anxiety. Next thing you know, they are backtracking every step taken in the past two weeks trying to determine exactly where the document parted ways with their person.
Then there is the dangerous stuff that can shake you to the core: a quick mugging after a dinner outing; accidentally leaving your purse or wallet in the car and coming out to find the window shattered and the belongings gone.
While you may be fretting and, in the case of theft, phoning the police, you are not required to report the loss when it comes to dealing with the Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA).
Once you calm down and come to the realization that the license is actually gone for good you just need to get a duplicate. The MVA makes this a relatively painless process except for the fact that you will need to appear in person at a local MVA office. No mail option is available.
In order to complete the transaction you will:
- Need to provide proper forms of identification. However, if you already show up in the database and are living at the residence on file, you can avoid providing evidence that you are a resident of Maryland.
- Have to disclose your Social Security number, but it will not be printed on the license.
- Possibly be required to take a vision test.
- Part with the duplicate fee of $20.
If you are out of the state or out of the country when you lose your license, call an MVA representative at (800) 950-1682 for instructions on how to get a replacement. Speaking directly to an agent can help expedite the process and ease your stress.
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