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    Replacing a Lost License in Washington D.C.

    You are required to replace a lost, stolen, or damaged D.C. driver's license for a couple reasons.

    First, the District of Columbia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) requires all drivers to have a valid license before taking to the roads. Second, you should replace your license to protect yourself from identity theft.

    Continue reading below for more information about obtaining a replacement copy of your D.C. driver’s license.

    Applying for a Duplicate License in D.C.

    You can replace your Washington D.C. driver’s license by requesting a duplicate from the D.C. DMV.

    Replacement driver’s license requests can be made:

    • Online.
    • In person.

    Online

    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 driver's license online using the D.C. DMV’s Online Services.

    You will need to provide:

    • Your unique D.C. driver’s license number, which can be found on:
    • A debit or credit card to pay the $20 duplicate driver's license fee (VISA, MasterCard, or Discover).

    Simply complete the online transaction and wait for your license to arrive by mail.

    In Person

    You can visit any Washington, D.C. DMV service location to order a duplicate DC driver's license. You will need to:

    Required Identity Documents for Driver's License Replacement

    REAL IDs

    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.

    Limited Purpose Driver's Licenses

    To replace a Limited Purpose license in Washington, D.C. at your local DC DMV office, you will need to show:

    • Proof of your identity with your full name and birthdate.
    • 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.

    Replacement While Out of State

    If you are outside of Washington, D.C. when your driver's license is lost or stolen, you can use the DMV’s Online Service to replace it. 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 (DMV) at 311 or (202) 737-4404 for assistance with getting a replacement license.

    Lost or Stolen D.C. CDL

    You can replace your lost or stolen commercial driver's license (CDL) in Washington, D.C. either online or in person at your local DC DMV office.

    The process is practically the same as the one described above. You can find more information about the process at our page about Replacing a Lost CDL.

    Report a Lost or Stolen License

    You are NOT required to report a lost, stolen, or damaged D.C. driver’s license to the police or law enforcement in Washington, D.C.

    However, if you are concerned about identity theft or fraudulent use of your driver's license, consider reporting it to your local police or law enforcement agency.

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