Replacing a Lost License in Oregon
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Replacing your Oregon driver's license if it is lost, destroyed, or stolen means a trip to a regular or full-service Oregon Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) office.
There, you must do the following, provided your driving privileges are not suspended or revoked in Oregon or another state:
- Provide proof of identity
- Provide proof of residence
- Pay the replacement fee of $25.50
You will be immediately issued a temporary license to be used until your permanent one arrives in the mail.
If the DMV does not have a photograph of you on file, the proof of identity must include a birth certificate or identification containing a photo, such as U.S. passport, military ID, immigration document, out-of-state license, or ID card.
If you are traveling outside the state or the country when you lose your license, you may apply by mail for a "valid without photo" driver license to use until you return. Call (503) 945-5400 to request a packet, then send back your a completed Valid Without Photo Driver License Application (noting your one-time mailing address in the appropriate box) along with a $25.50 fee to:
- Driver and Motor Vehicle Services
- Driver Issuance Unit
- 1905 Lana Ave NE
- Salem, OR 97314
The DMV will send you a replacement in the mail.
Within 30 days of your return to Oregon, you must go in person to a DMV office to swap your "valid without photo" license for a proper photo license and pay another $25.50.
The Oregon DMV issues replacements of non-commercial Class C driver licenses or instruction permits in the following cases:
- The license or permit is stolen, lost, or destroyed
- The license or permit holder's address has changed and a new card is desired
- Name change
- Desire to add, delete, or change descriptions, notations, photo, or signature
- Replacement is an exchange of a "valid without photo" license for one that includes a photo
- Former Oregon license holder returning from another state and there is at least one year and one month left on previous Oregon license
- Replacement of a license issued with an error
- Obtaining a license after reinstatement following suspension
- Replacement of a license confiscated by police or the courts
For your Oregon license or permit that has an illegible or mutilated address sticker and your address has not changed, a replacement sticker will be provided for free by the DMV.
Call (503) 945-5000 or fill out the general DMV Driver Related Inquiry/Request Form with a request in Step 4. Do not complete another Change of Address Notice if you are only requesting a replacement address sticker.
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