Replacing a Lost License in Washington
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Losing anything is frustrating, especially if it's your wallet with your credit cards, cash, and driver's license. Luckily the Department of Licensing makes it easy to replace your lost license.
One thing you don't have to worry about is filing a police report―the DOL doesn't require you to. However, it would still be wise to notify credit reporting agencies of the loss. This will make it harder for someone to steal your identity.
Now that you have that important step out of the way, you can head over to your Licensing Service Office (or your EDL/ID office locations, if you're replacing an Enhanced Driver License) to apply for a replacement license. You will have to provide proof of identity and pay a $15 fee to be issued another license.
If you're away from home when your license is lost or stolen, you can get a replacement through the mail. You will need to provide your:
- Full name.
- Social Security number.
- Driver license number.
- Reason for the replacement.
- Return address.
- Blank sheet of white paper with signature.
- Check or money order for $15.
Send the above documents and fee to this address:
- Department of Licensing
- Technical Reporting
- PO Box 3907
- Olympia, WA 98507-9048
Your replacement license will have no photo, but it is still valid as proof of your driving privileges. The license will have "Not Valid for Identification" printed on it since you won't be able to provide the necessary proof of identity until you return to Washington.
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