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Lost your Texas driver’s license? This is what to do

Losing your Texas driver’s license can be quite stressful. However, it doesn’t have to be. Replacing a lost Texas driver’s license is surprisingly easy. You can get a new Texas license online or at a driver license office. This is what you have to do.

¡It has happened to the best of us! If it hasn’t happened to you yet, surely a friend of yours has gone through the agony of losing their driver’s license. They probably scared you with their tribulations while trying to get a new one. Still, if he recently discovered that he doesn’t have his driver’s license, take a deep breath.

Yes, we know it can be incredibly annoying to lose or have your driver’s license stolen. However, your priority should absolutely be to get a new or duplicate license as quickly as possible. This is because Texas driving regulations require that you carry a current, legal driver’s license with you at all times. Quick action will protect your safety and get you back on the road.

How do I replace my lost Texas driver’s license?

If you have misplaced your wallet and license while out on the town or while traveling, you should apply for a replacement as soon as possible. As we mentioned earlier, if you are caught driving without a valid license in Texas, you will face severe legal repercussions.

There are two This Webs to replace your lost Texas driver’s license. For a relatively low cost of $11you can get a new license online or at a driver license office.

How to Replace a Lost Texas Driver’s License Online

According to the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS), you can get a new license using the Online Card Replacement feature. What you will need are:

  • Your driver’s license or identification card number
  • Your date of birth
  • Social Security numbers last four digits
  • Most recently issued card audit number
  • Don’t worry if you don’t have the audit number! You can still replace your card online if you have the following verification information:
  • Your first and last name (as they appear on your most recent license or ID)
  • Your mailing address (as it appears on your most recent license or identification)
  • Four security questions and answers

You must obtain your new license within 45 days of completing this process and paying the $11 replacement fee. Make sure you have a printer handy, so you can print out your temporary driver’s license, which is valid for 60 days!

How to Replace a Lost Texas Driver’s License in Person at DPS

Let’s say you don’t have all the information you need to renew online, or you prefer to do things face-to-face.

The simple seven-step procedure is as follows:

  1. Before you go there, fill out the driver’s license application.
  2. Make an appointment with a licensing authority in your area.
  3. Submit your application and identity verification.
  4. Submit proof of citizenship (or legal presence) and your Social Security number.
  5. Leave your fingerprint.
  6. Have your photo taken.
  7. Pay the replacement price of $11.

And that’s the end! By following these procedures, you should be able to obtain a temporary driver’s license valid for 60 days. Later, within 45 daysyour new license will arrive in the mail.

Note: If you are not a United States citizen, you must bring one of the following additional identification documents:

  • A valid US passport with the words HOLDER IS A NATIONAL OF THE UNITED STATES, NOT A CITIZEN OF THE UNITED STATES.
  • A valid Permanent Resident Card (often called a green card)
  • A valid foreign passport with an immigrant visa and ADIT stamp is required.

How do I report a lost driver’s license in Texas?

After your license is lost or stolen, the first step is to notify your local TX Police Department. The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) requires you to notify your local police department that your license has been lost or stolen. You can use the police report to look up a new license or identification number to ensure your identity instead of a duplicate license.

How long does it take to replace a lost Texas driver’s license?

Your new driver’s license will be mailed to you in two to three weeks. If you renewed, updated, or changed your driver’s license address, you must print your temporary driver’s license (valid for 60 days) from the receipt page.

What should you do if you lose your Texas license out of state?

If you lose your Texas license while out of state, you should be able to receive a new license online or in the mail.

If you don’t have the information you need to find a replacement online, you can get one by mail by following these four steps:

  1. Apply out of state
  2. Show Verification of Texas Residency
  3. Provide proof of your Social Security number.
  4. Include the $11 replacement fee (payable to the Texas Department of Public Safety).

Finally, mail them to Texas Department of Public Safety PO Box 149008 Austin, TX 78714-9008.

All ready? You have done well by successfully applying for a new driver’s license. Now that your license is in order, How about a pretty big savings on car insurance? After all, everything is bigger in Texas, TRUE?

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