Finding out that your Virginia driver’s license has suddenly been lost, stolen, or completely destroyed is just one reason for needing a replacement drivers license. Sometimes, you may need to replace your license if your address has changed, you seek to change your status as an organ donor, you need to update your photograph, or another reason. Fortunately, VA’s Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) is made the process for obtaining a replacement drivers license easy.
Application for a Replacement Drivers License
There are two methods you can use to replace your driver’s license—online or in person. However, there are some requirements for you to do the application online.
Do note that any license within 1 year of expiration can simply be renewed rather than replaced.
To replace your VA driver’s license online, you need to:
- Visit the Virginia MyDMV website
- Fill in the blanks with information like your social security number, birth date, and a couple of other on screen prompts
- Pay the replacement fee
Once the request processes, it will take a couple of business days for the new driver’s license to be sent to you. Expect it to arrive within 2 weeks.
Those who find out they’re ineligible for online replacement requests on MyDMV may have the following circumstances:
- License has been revoked, suspended, or canceled
- License has expired
- License was issued prior to 2004 (it has expired)
- Driver is under 18 years old
- Your personal information is incorrect
- You owe money
- You need a photograph
- Your license has been surrendered in another state
- You’re not a VA resident or don’t have a VA address
- You requested a replacement twice
- You cannot prove legal residence
In the event that any of the above conditions apply to you, you will need to visit the local DMV office in person to replace your VA license.
Applying In Person
To apply for a replacement driver’s license, you need to go the local DMV service center. Bring along the following items:
- A completed Form DL-1P (Driver’s License and Identification Card Application)
- Proof of ID (2 types) – birth certificate, passport or similar paired with insurance card, school transcript, etc.
- Proof of residence if from another country
- Payment for applicable fees
Be prepared to have a new photo taken. Your current license (if you have it) will also need to be surrendered before you can receive the new one.
Because the DMV no longer issues licenses in a single day, you will first receive a receipt or temporary license. This will be valid for 30 days until you receive your new license in the mail.
Lost or Stolen License
If you believe that your driver’s license has been taken from you and someone may be using your identity wrongfully, it is extremely important that you do not wait to report this theft to local law enforcement. This is will prevent further identity theft.
The fees to replace your drivers license are:
- Standard, CDL, or motorcycle replacement license: $20
- Replacement ID: $10
- Replacement permit: $2
This can be paid in cash, check, money order, or with any major credit card.
Overall, the process for obtaining a replacement drivers license in VA is fairly straightforward and has minimal hindrances. Remember to print out the required application if you are going in person, or feel free to use the online web portal if you know you are eligible. You will have a new license in no time.