How to Replace a Lost North Carolina Driver’s License

For $14 plus other fees, you can replace your North Carolina driver’s license online or in person.
Written by Melanie Johnson
Reviewed by Jessica Barrett
Updated on Mar 23, 2023
To replace a lost or stolen North Carolina driver’s license, you can use the online MyNCDMV portal or go to your closest DMV office. You will need to show proof of identity and pay at least $14. 
Lost your license? That’s the worst. Misplacing your license can be very stressful, especially since driving without a license is a major offense that carries strict penalties. 
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If your North Carolina license is lost or stolen, don’t panic! In this article, we’re going to explain the simple process of getting a replacement license, so that you can get back on the road in no time! Plus, we'll share some tips to help you save on your
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How to replace a lost driver’s license in North Carolina

Left your ID at the bar after one too many margaritas at happy hour? It happens. Or maybe your license was stolen. Either way, it’s important to file for a replacement license as soon as you notice it’s missing since driving without a license is illegal.
Thankfully, the process of applying for a replacement license is a breeze.

Replacing a lost North Carolina license online

First and foremost, North Carolina doesn't require reporting a lost or stolen driver's license to police, but it’s strongly recommended, as it can help combat identity theft.
To apply for a replacement license, you’ll want to visit the
portal. You’ll need:
  • A valid email address
  • Your license number
  • A method of payment (Visa, MasterCard, or Discover credit card)
You’ll pay a $14 replacement fee, as well as a $3 online processing fee. You can expect to receive your replacement license by mail in 20 days.

Replacing a lost North Carolina license in person

There are certain circumstances where replacing a license online isn’t an option. These circumstances include:
  • Your license is currently suspended
  • You have outstanding fines with the DMV
  • You’re applying for a duplicate commercial driver’s license
  • You want to apply for a
If any of these circumstances apply, you’ll need to apply for a replacement license at an
Check the
NC DMV requirements
page for a detailed list of the documents you may need to replace your license. In general, you can expect to show:
  • Two proofs of age and identity (e.g. certified birth certificate, social security, valid ID card)
  • Proof of name change, if applicable (e.g. certified marriage or divorce decree)
  • Payment (e.g. cash, check, or money order)
After the necessary documentation has been shown, and you’ve paid the $14 fee, an NC DMV agent will take your photo and give you a temporary driving permit. You can expect to receive your duplicate license by mail within a couple of weeks.

What if you lose your North Carolina license out of state?

The process is the same for replacing a license while out of state.
You can replace a lost or stolen North Carolina driver’s license while out of state or on military assignment online as long as you meet the same criteria above. 
If you are not eligible to replace your license online, you’ll need to visit an NC DMV branch when you are back in-state. 

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