Replacing a Lost License in Washington DCPage Overview
You are required to replace a lost, stolen, or damaged license for a number of reasons.
First, the District of Columbia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) requires that you replace your driver’s license. Second, you should replace your license to protect yourself from identity theft.
Read below for more information about replacing your lost, stolen, or damaged driver’s license.
You can replace your driver’s license by requesting a duplicate license from the D.C. DMV.
Duplicate driver’s license requests can be made:
- In person.
Whether you have a Limited Purpose D.C. driver’s license or a REAL ID (with a star in the top, right corner), you can replace your license online using the D.C. DMV’s Online Services .
You will need:
- Your unique D.C. driver’s license number, which can be found on:
- Your driving record. See our Driving Records in Washington, D.C. page for more information.
- Any DMV transaction receipt.
- A debit or credit card to pay the $20 duplicate license fee (VISA, MasterCard, or Discover).
Simply complete the online transaction and wait for your license to arrive by mail.
You can visit any DMV service location to order a duplicate license. You will need to:
- Complete the DC Driver License or Identification Card Application (Form DMVR-4).
- Pay the $20 duplicate license fee.
To replace a REAL ID, you will need to take:
- 1 document of identification with your full name and date of birth, such as your:
- Unexpired U.S. passport.
- U.S. birth certificate.
- 1 document that shows your Social Security number, such as:
- Your Social Security card.
- A pay stub with your complete name and complete Social Security number.
- 2 documents of proof of Washington, D.C. residency, such as:
- A utility bill.
- A current rental agreement.
The D.C. DMV website has detailed lists of approved documents.
To replace a Limited Purpose license, you will need:
- Proof of your identity with your full name and birthdate.
- You may need several ID documents. The D.C. DMV website provides a detailed list of approved ID.
- Your Social Security number, which will be verified, OR a declaration that you do not have a Social Security number.
- 2 documents to prove your residency, such as:
- A utility bill.
- Your rental agreement.
The fee for any duplicate driver’s license is $20.
Online fees can be paid using a credit card (VISA, MasterCard, or Discover).
In person, you can pay with:
- A credit card.
- Check or money order.
- Cash (NOT accepted at the Brentwood Road office).
If you are outside of Washington, D.C., you can use the DMV’s Online Service to replace your driver’s license. See the “Online” section above for more details.
If you do not have the information required for an online transaction, contact the Washington, D.C. Department of Motor Vehicles at 311 or (202) 737-4404 for assistance with getting a replacement license.
You are not required to report a lost, stolen, or damaged driver’s license to the police or law enforcement.
However, if you are concerned about identity theft or fraudulent use of your license, consider reporting it to your local police or law enforcement agency.Other Topics in This Section