How to Replace a Lost New Jersey Driver’s License

To get your New Jersey license replaced, just use the online portal and be ready to pay the $11 fee.
Written by Macy Fouse
Reviewed by Jessica Barrett
New Jersey
, if you’ve lost track of your driver’s license, you can get a duplicate via New Jersey MVC’s online portal or through an appointment at a physical location. The replacement fee will cost you $11. 
Losing your license is not only annoying, but it can be risky—especially since driving without it can often lead to major fines, points on your driving record, and increased insurance premiums. 
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How to replace a lost driver’s license in New Jersey

Whether you’ve lost your driver’s license, it got stolen, or it was damaged beyond recognition, you’ll need to get a replacement card as soon as possible. If you get caught
driving without a license
in New Jersey, you could be fined up to $500 or be imprisoned for up to 60 days. 
Don’t worry, though—getting a duplicate license in New Jersey should be pretty straightforward.

Replacing a lost New Jersey license online

You can order a duplicate driver’s license through the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission’s
online portal
. You’ll need the following items to get your license online: 
  • A valid driver’s license number
  • Your Social Security number
  • A valid email address
  • A working credit or debit card for the $11 fee
  • Access to a printer (if you want to print your temporary license) 
Licenses within 90 days of their expiration date are not eligible for the online process. If you fit the criteria for online replacement, you must replace it online—not in person. 
Your new license will be mailed to you within 14 calendar days, but you can print an interim license after completing the online process. This temporary license will be valid for 30 days after issuance. If you find your old license after ordering a new one, you’ll have to destroy the old card.

Replacing a lost New Jersey license in person

Replacing your New Jersey driver's license in person is only available for
specific cases
and by
appointment only
. In most cases, to get a duplicate license in person, you’ll need to bring the following to your appointment: 
  • Documents that meet New Jersey’s
    6 point ID Verification rule
  • Proof of your Social Security number
  • Proof of your New Jersey address
  • $11 duplicate license fee
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What if you lose your New Jersey license out of state?

If you need a replacement license while working or traveling outside of New Jersey, you can apply for a temporary license to be mailed to you. You’re eligible if you: 
  • Hold a valid New Jersey driver’s license 
  • Are a permanent resident of New Jersey
  • Are away from New Jersey for an extended time outside of the tri-state area
  • Have a digital license 
  • Have a license that is either expired, will expire soon, or has been lost fewer than three years
  • Are not replacing a commercial driver’s license 
  • Are a US citizen without a temporary visa
If you qualify, you’ll need to send the following to the MVC: 
  • A letter explaining why you’re out of state and can’t come in person to get a duplicate license
  • A completed
    driver's license application
    (Form BA-208)
  • Check or money order for $11 made payable to the NJ MVC
  • 6 points of identification
  • Proof of a New Jersey address
  • Current out-of-state address
Send all the required documents and a prepaid tracking envelope to the following address: 
Motor Vehicle Commission
Government/Out-of-State Unit
P.O. Box 016
Trenton, NJ 08666

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