Lost Your Identification? How to Replace a Lost ID Card

By: Nadia Ibanez June 11, 2012
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Losing your ID card is a major inconvenience. You could spend hours backtracking your steps, calling all of the places that you last remember using, and tearing your house upside down with the hope that it is somewhere near.

When you have finally stopped searching, it’s time to replace your ID.

Replace Your Lost ID at Your Local DMV

One of the most efficient ways to replace a lost ID card is to head down to your local Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) and follow the same procedure when you first got your card.

Generally, you'll have to:

  • Complete an application.
  • Provide documents proving your citizenship/residency.
  • Have your picture taken (unless your state keeps it on file for a certain time period).
  • Have your thumbprint taken.
  • Pay a nominal fee.

Replacing Identification Cards by Mail or Online

Some states allow residents to mail in applications for replacement ID cards, or even let them apply and pay for the cards online. (Though, you might have to pay an extra service charge for applying online. Be sure to check.)

Having an ID card is a necessity for many people. Luckily your state’s vehicle registration agency makes it easy for you to not only get an identification card, but also replace it if it becomes lost.

Have you ever had to replace an ID card? What steps did you have to follow, and how did you handle having no proof of identification in the meantime?

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