Replacing a Lost CDL in Texas

You must apply for a replacement commercial driver's license in person with the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS).

You cannot legally operate a commercial truck or any commercial vehicle until you have replaced your lost CDL.

Application for Replacement CDL in TX

To apply for a replacement CDL, visit your local DPS office with:

  • A completed Application for Texas Driver License or Identification Card (Form DL-14A).
    • You can complete and print this form at home or ask for one at the office.
  • Acceptable identity documents. You can prove your identity by showing:
    • 1 document from the list of primary identity documents.
    • 2 documents from the list of secondary identity document.
    • 1 document from the list of secondary identity documents AND 2 documents from the list of supporting identity documents.
  • Acceptable citizenship or lawful presence documents.
  • Proof of you Social Security number if the TX DPS doesn't already have it on file.
  • Your DOT medical card or waiver.
    • NOTE: The DPS should already have this on file, but it's a good idea to be prepared in case of any complications.
  • Payment for the $11 fee.

Once you meet the above requirements, your TX DPS official will direct you in terms of when you'll receive your permanent duplicate CDL.

NOTE: If your original CDL has been stolen, file a report with the local police and bring a copy of the police report with you when applying for your replacement CDL. The DPS will decide whether or not you need a new license number.

TX Out-of-State CDL Holders

Unfortunately, commercial drivers aren't eligible to apply for replacements online or by mail; they must apply in person.

Contact the DPS for further information.

Renew Your Texas CDL

The TX DPS recommends renewing and not replacing your CDL if it's set to expire within 2 years.

Refer to Renewing Your CDL in Texas for details.


Application for Texas Driver License or Identification Card
Application for a Texas driver's license OR identification card.
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