How to Replace a Lost Texas Driver’s License

You can replace your Texas driver’s license online, by mail, or in person by filling out an application, providing proof of identity, and paying an $11 fee.
Written by Samuel Todd
Replacing your lost Texas driver’s license is simple: you can request a new license online or at a driver’s license office for an $11 fee. If you’re out of state, you can complete the process online or by mail. 
  • If your Texas driver’s license or identification card was lost or stolen, you can replace it online, in person, or by mail.
  • However you replace your lost license, be ready to provide some information like your Social Security number and date of birth. 
  • To protect against fraud, your new license will have a new driver’s license number.

How to replace a lost driver’s license in Texas

Whether you lost your wallet at a local bar or your ID slipped out of your pocket on an airplane, you should apply for a new driver’s license right away. Lots of people lose their license—but you’ll face some pretty serious legal consequences if you’re caught driving without one.
You should also file a police report, which can help protect you from identity theft later on if your license ends up in the wrong hands. The Texas Department of Public Safety states you must do this. 
Note: If your license is approaching its expiration date, you may want to proceed with a license renewal instead.

Replacing a lost Texas license online

According to the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS), you can use the
Online Card Replacement
feature to get a replacement driver’s license. 
You’ll need to provide:
  • Your driver’s license or ID card number
  • Your date of birth
  • The last four digits of your Social Security number (SSN)
  • The audit number from your most recently issued card
  • A copy of your police report
If you don’t have the audit number, don’t sweat it! You can still replace your card online, as long can provide additional verification information:
  • Your first and last name (as they appear on your most recent license or ID)
  • Your address (as it appears on your most recent license or ID)
  • The answers to four security questions
Once you’ve completed this process and paid the $11 replacement fee, you should receive your new license with a new ID number within 45 days. In the meantime, you can print your temporary driving license, which is good for 60 days.
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Replacing a lost Texas license in person

Here’s the simple step-by-step process to follow to replace your license:
Once you’ve followed these steps, you should get a temporary driving license that’s good for 60 days. Your replacement license will be in your mailbox within 45 days.

What if you lose your Texas license out of state?

If your domicile (which is just a fancy legal word for your true, fixed home) is in the state of Texas but you’re out of state when you lose your license, you should be able to get a replacement license online or by mail.
If you don’t have the information you need to get a replacement online, you can request a replacement in the mail by following these four steps:
Finally, send these forms and documents to:
Texas Department of Public Safety
PO Box 149008
Austin, TX 78714-9008
You’re all done! Expect to have a replacement license within 45 days.
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