Replacing a Lost License in Florida
Replacing a Lost License in Florida
A lost Florida driver license, learner permit, or identification (ID) card means you cannot legally drive and you've lost your main source of photo identification; a stolen license or ID means you're at risk for identity theft.
Florida REAL ID Licenses
The Florida DHSMV began issuing federally-compliant REAL ID driver’s licenses in 2010. REAL IDs allow you to use your license for domestic travel and entry into federal and military buildings. For details on FL REAL IDs, see the DHSMV's guide and FAQs.
If you DO NOT already have a REAL ID, the replacement process varies slightly.
The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV) recommends reporting your lost license or ID card and applying for a replacement as soon as possible.
Report Your Missing License or ID
Though not required, the state strongly recommends that you report your stolen driver's license or identification card to the DHSMV and law enforcement. When you report a stolen license, you're eligible for a free replacement; but more importantly, the police report helps protect you against identity theft under Florida law.
Before you apply for a replacement:
- Report the theft to law enforcement.
- An officer will provide you with a copy of the police report. Keep this—with a police report, your replacement will be free (as long as you aren't changing your information).
- Bring the police report to your driver license office.
- You may be required to provide other documents proving your identity, SSN, and residency. Contact your driver's license office before visiting to determine your exact requirements.
Identity Fraud and Your FL License or ID
If you believe you have been a victim of fraud due to the loss of your license or ID, you'll need to complete an Identity Theft/Driver License Fraud Report (Form HSMV 72068). Bring the form to the DHSMV, along with 2 documents proving your identity, when you apply for a replacement driver's license or ID card.
Reporting your stolen license does more than just save you a few bucks; it also helps prevent someone from stealing your identity. Learn more about protecting your identity on the DHSMV identity theft page.
How to Replace Your FL License or ID
You can replace your lost Florida license, permit, or ID card online or in person. If you're a non-immigrant or if you are interested in upgrading your ID with one that is REAL ID-compliant, then you must apply in person.
Alternatively, you can go ahead and renew your license or ID if you are within 18 months of the expiration date.
NOTE: Replacing a learner's permit is the same process as replacing a driver's license, and minors don't need parental signatures to apply for duplicate permits or licenses.
Out-of-State or Overseas License Replacement
If you need to replace a lost Florida license while out of state, you'll need to follow the instructions above for online replacement.
If there are any issues with doing so, call the DHSMV at (850) 617-2000 as soon as possible and provide the information listed above to an agent.
Replacing a Lost or Stolen CDL in FL
Because CDLs follow a different eligibility and application process, it's best to call your local DHSMV office for details on how to replace a lost or stolen Florida commercial driver's license and whether you can do so online.
Also, don't forget to ask about replacement fees. Drivers with endorsements should plan to pay more than they would for a straight CDL replacement.
- HSMV 72068