How To Replace Your Texas Drivers License

If your Texas drivers license has been lost, stolen or destroyed, you'll need to get it replaced immediately. We offer links to resources that will save you time and get you going in the right direction. Select from the options below to get started.

1: Get Started with Online Application Assistance

Application assistance services can simplify the process for many DMV related services for a fee, including: renewing your license, applying for a license, registering a vehicle, replacing your license, changing your address and more. Other benefits include an ongoing monthly newsletter and a quarterly magazine covering important updates that affect drivers, important safety tips, trends, legislative updates and ways to save money on vehicle-related services.

2: By mail

Some drivers prefer to handle the renewal process by mail, rather than taking advantage of assistance services, visiting the DMV in person, or via available online services. Service by mail is available with limitations. Read below for additional details or visit your local DMV.

3: Via a DMV office

If your specific needs require an in-person visit, most, if not all, driver license services can be handled at your local DMV office. Varying DMV offices sometimes supply different types of services so you will need to check before your visit to make sure the DMV closest to you provides the service you require. In addition, you can call to see if your DMV allows you to make a personal appointment.




It always helps to be prepared. Once you've downloaded your documents, you'll have detailed instructions and the form(s) you need to get your Texas license replaced quickly and without any hassle. 

If you're currently out of state and lose your license, you can get it replaced by requesting a Duplicate TX DL/ID form. This packet can also be sent via the United States Postal Service. If you'd like it to be mailed, you must submit the following to 701@dps.texas.gov:
  • Full name
  • Texas drivers license number or ID number
  • Current mailing address

Documents Needed To Replace Texas Drivers License

When a driver visits the Texas drivers licensing office, he or she must provide:

  • Proof of Identity
    • Texas drivers license or Identification Certificate
    • Valid U.S. passport
    • U.S. Citizenship certificate
    • Certificate of naturalization
  • Proof of Lawful Presence 
    • Original or certified copy of Birth Certificate
    • Original of certified copy of U.S. Department of State Certification of Birth Abroad
    • Original or certified copy of court order (must show name and date of birth)

For a complete checklist of the required documentation, Click Here


Additional Information Regarding Texas Driver License Replacement

If your license was stolen, and used in a fraudulent manner, a report must be filed in person with a local law enforcement agency. Then a new driver license number will be issued to replace Texas drivers license. If there is a confirmed report of proof of fraudulent activity, or if there is confirmed report of proof of a police report, then a new license can be issued. Once there is evidence that shows either, then a new driver license number can be applied for, in person, at the Texas driver license office. In order to replace your Texas driver license, your driver's license number will be needed, and the Department of Public Safety has to approve it.

What is an Adult Drivers License?

In some states, the layout of your drivers license may change when you reach a certain age. It is possible for your license to switch from a vertical design to a horizontal card once you turn 21. You may want to seek out a duplicate or replacement adult drivers license when you reach the age of 21.

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