Replace license or permit

You can replace your license or permit (including commercial and enhanced) if it was lost, stolen or destroyed, or after you update your address. You can't replace your document if it is expired. 

If you are turning 21 soon, order within 40 days of your birthday. 1

Important: New York offers three types of license or permits

Document Type

Enhanced
(EDL)

Federal
REAL ID

Standard*

Displayed on documentFlag displayed on EnhancedStar displayed on REAL ID documentsNot for Federal Purposes displayed on Standard documents
IdentificationYesYesYes
Boarding a domestic (U.S.) flight, entering a Federal
Building or Military Base (starting October, 2020)
YesYesNo
U.S. Border Crossing from Canada, Mexico and some
Caribbean countries
YesNoNo

*If your license or permit was issued before October 30, 2017 and is not Enhanced, you have a Standard document. 


Learn more about Enhanced, REAL ID and Standard documents

 

Replace at a DMV office 

If you want to change to an Enhanced or REAL ID, complete this guide to make sure you have the proofs of identification you need.

find out what documents you need to bring to an office

 

If you want to replace in an office and keep your same document type:

You will be given a temporary, non-photo document to use until you receive your license or permit in the mail in about 2 weeks.


For quicker service, make a reservation online before visiting offices in New York City, Westchester, Nassau, Suffolk, Rockland, Onondaga or Albany Counties. See offices where this service is available.

 

 

Online

ImportantIf you replace online and do not already have an Enhanced or REAL ID, your document will have 'NOT FOR FEDERAL PURPOSES' written on it.   


You can replace your license online, unless

  • you want an Enhanced or REAL ID document for the first time
  • you are 25 or older and have replaced online in the past 30 days
  • you are under age 25 and ordered a replacement before
  • you have a conditional or restricted driver license
  • your document says "Valid Without Photo"

At the end of the transaction, you can download and print a temporary license or permit in PDF format to use until you receive your new document in the mail (in about 10 days).

Replace online

 


By mail

ImportantIf you replace online and do not already have an Enhanced or REAL ID, your document will have 'NOT FOR FEDERAL PURPOSES' written on it.   


Mail

(if you do not know your DMV ID number, enter your date of birth and name as it appeared on your old  document)

  • photocopies of acceptable proof of identity
  • payment of $17.50 (check or money order payable to "Commissioner of Motor Vehicles") 

Mail to:

NYS Department of Motor Vehicles
207 Genesee Street, Suite 6
Utica, NY  13501-2874

 


Fee

The fee is $17.50.

If you apply by mail or at a DMV office, you can pay by credit/debit card or a check or money order made out to Commissioner of Motor Vehicles.  To apply online, you must use a credit/debit card. The DMV accepts:

  • American Express® Card
  • Discover Card®/Novus®
  • MasterCard®
  • MasterCard® Debit card without personal identification number (PIN)
  • VISA® Card
  • Visa Debit Card without personal identification number (PIN)
 

If you want the fee waived for a license or permit lost due to a crime, you must apply at a DMV office and show form MV-78B completed by the police.  2


Address and mailing


Updating address 

We send documents to the address we have on our records at the time of the order.  If you moved, first change your address, then order a replacement. 

 

Temporary address

When you order by mail or at a DMV office, you can ask that your replacement document be sent to an address that is different from the address on your document. 3 Sorry, you can't use a temporary address when you order online.

We will mail you your document

We will mail it to the mailing address currently on our records or an alternate address you provide.  4  To verify or change your address, see Address Change.


It takes about 10 days for your license to come in the mail. You can check the mailing status online.  If it has been more than 2 weeks since you ordered your duplicate, contact us.

 

Additional information


You do not need an eye exam when you replace your document

Your expiration date will not change when your replace your document 


Change my name or make other changes

To change your name or other non-address information (photo, height, add/remove corrective lenses), you will need go to a DMV office.  See how to change your name or other information.

Veteran status designation

If you are a qualified U.S. military veteran who was honorably discharged, and you have a NYS driver license, learner permit or non-driver photo ID card, you can have the word "Veteran" printed on the upper left hand of your photo document.

There is no additional fee for the veteran status designation on your document, but all regular transaction fees will apply.

Learn how to get the veteran status on your license.

 

Overseas (out of the country, abroad)

When overseas you must replace your license through the mail. Please submit

We also recommend that you send us a pre-addressed priority mail return envelope with your application (this will help ensure that we send your license to the correct address).


Temporary visitors and international students

As long as the Temporary Visitor status that DMV has on file is not expired you can replace your license online, through the mail or in an office. 

If your Temporary Visitor status has been extended, you must go to a DMV office with your updated paperwork from the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS).   We will update our records to show that your Temporary Visitor status has been extended so you can replace your license. Your new license will have your new temporary visitor expiration date.

 

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See a list of a driver license and learner permit topics.

  • 1. If you request a replacement driver license 41 days or more before your 21st birthday, it will say “UNDER 21.”
  • 2. To get a free replacement for a driver license or learner permit that was stolen or was lost due to a crime, you must get form MV-78B from a police agency. This form is available only from police agencies, not from the DMV.
  • 3. If you want your new driver license sent to an alternate address, include an additional note and clearly print the alternate address. Don’t write the alternate address on form MV-44. The mailing address you write on form MV-44 must be the address that is listed on your photo document and your DMV record.
  • 4. If you want your new driver license sent to an alternate address, include an additional note and clearly print the alternate address. Don’t write the alternate address on form MV-44. The mailing address you write on form MV-44 must be the address that is listed on your photo document and your DMV record.