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How to Replace a Texas Drivers License

The Texas Department of Public Safety requires you to have a valid drivers license before taking to the roadways. If you have lost your drivers license, or if your drivers license has been stolen or destroyed in any way, you must request a replacement or duplicate drivers license at a DPS office. The Texas DPS requires drivers to apply for a duplicate drivers license in person, unless you are temporarily out-of-state or are in the military. If you need a name or address update, you must also apply for a replacement license. Read the various sections below to get more information on replacing your TX license.

How to Apply for a Replacement Drivers License in Texas

  • Fill out an Application for Renewal/Replacement of a Driver License (also available in any driver license office).
  • Pay the $11 replacement fee (does not change the current expiration date).
  • Provide documents to confirm you identity (unexpired U.S. passport book or card, U.S. Certificate of Citizenship or Certificate of Naturalization, Permanent Resident Card etc.)
  • Provide lawful presence documents such as Birth Certificate or Birth Record that have been issued by the appropriate State Bureau of Vital Statistics or equivalent agency from a U.S. state or local government, U.S. Citizenship or Certificate of Naturalization, Permanent Resident Card and so on (for Non-U.S. citizens).

Additionally, you may also be required to confirm personal information like your Social Security Number (SSN) or your date-of-birth.

Note: If the SSN is not part of your driver record, you are must provide the necessary documents to verify your SSN.

How to Replace Lost or Stolen Drivers License

If your driving license has been stolen, the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) requires you to immediately notify the police to protect yourself against identity theft.

In order to replace stolen drivers license, you will need to go to your local driver license office and do the following:

  • Complete an application for replacement of a Texas driver license.
  • Provide a copy of the police report.

Am I eligible for requesting an out-of-state duplicate drivers license?

Drivers who are living outside the State of Texas (whose true, fixed and permanent domicile is in Texas) are eligible to apply for a drivers license copy.

Active duty military members, students whose parents live in Texas and people who are temporarily living outside of Texas for work, all qualify for requesting a duplicate drivers license.

Note: The Texas DPS will mail you your new driver license within 45 days of receiving the submitted request.

How to Apply for Out-of-State Drivers License Replacement

If you satisfy the above mentioned eligibility requirements to apply for a duplicate driving license out-of-state, you will be required to do the following:

  • Get an Out of State packet with filled out application.
  • Submit a copy of your Social Security Number along with necessary payment for fees to: Texas Department of Public Safety

P.O. Box 149008

Austin, TX

78714-9008

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