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 - you need it to waive your replacement fee.
  • Download and complete the Identity Theft/Driver License Fraud Report (Form HSMV 72068).
  • Bring both documents to your driver license office.
    • Your replacement fee will be waived.

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 our 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

You have several options to replace a lost Florida license while out of state:

  • Online.
  • By mail.
  • By email.
  • By phone.

Each of these methods is outlined for you below.

You'll receive a temporary permit valid for 90 days, and you must apply for a permanent replacement license or ID when you return to Florida.

NOTE: Whichever method you choose, you must request an address change. Change your address to your current out-of-state address, and then change your address back to your permanent address once you return to the state.

Visit our Changing Your Address page for instructions.

FL License Replacement for Military Members

Out-of-state military members can handle military license replacement using any of the methods described above: online, by mail, by email, and by phone.

You'll receive a temporary permit valid for 90 days at no cost, along with instructions on how to apply for a permanent military license replacement when it's time.

If your name has changed while you've been stationed out of state, click on the email response form and choose Name Change to notify the DHSMV.

Replacing a Lost or Stolen CDL in FL

You must replace a lost or stolen CDL in person at your local driver license office.

Many counties have several driver license offices, and most specialize in specific transactions.

Be sure to call ahead for CDL-specific replacement requirements, but expect to show the same kinds of:

  • Proofs of identity (including your Social Security number).
  • Proofs of residency.
  • Your Medical Examination Report (or applicable waiver).

See our page on Applying for a CDL for more information about the general documentation required to apply for a CDL, as well as the medical self-certification process.

Finally, when you call, remember to ask about replacement fees. Drivers with endorsements should plan to pay more than they would for a straight CDL replacement.

Forms

HSMV 72068
Fraud Investigation Requests
Submit this form to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles if you're a victim of fraud or identity theft involving your driver's license or ID.
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