Replacing a Lost License in New Jersey
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If you lost your license or it was stolen or mutilated, you should apply for a duplicate from the Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC). Since you're not allowed to drive without a license, you should replace the missing license right away.
To do so, take these steps:
- File a report with your local police department if your license was stolen. This will help protect you against identity theft.
- Visit any MVC agency in person.
- Provide proof of identity according to the state's six-point verification system.
- Pay the $11 fee for a duplicate license.
If you have changed your name since your original license was issued, you should provide proof of the change when applying for a duplicate. Proof can include a marriage certificate, divorce decree, or court order showing the name change. Your new license will reflect your new name.
If you're traveling out of the state or country, you can replace your driver's license through the mail by calling the MVC at (609) 292-6500. Ask the MVC to send you an application for a replacement driver's license. If you do not have a digital license on file, you may only apply for a one-year temporary license.
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