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


If you plan on traveling

We recommend you come to the DMV now to get an Enhanced or REAL ID, and avoid a second office visit later. 2  Learn about Enhanced, REAL ID and Standard documents.

 

Replace at an office and get an Enhanced or REAL ID

You don't have to get an Enhanced or REAL ID. 3 However, if you have a Standard, you will not be allowed to board a domestic flight starting in October 2020 (unless you have a Passport). 

Complete this guide to make sure you have the proofs of identification you need before you come to DMV. 

 

Find your proofs

 

 

Replace online

WARNING: If you replace your Standard online, your new document will show: 'NOT FOR FEDERAL PURPOSES'. 


Don't delay! Get your Enhanced or REAL ID today. 


If you already have an Enhanced or REAL ID, or you want to keep your Standard, you can replace online. Your document type will stay the same. 

 

Replace online

 


Replace by mail

WARNING: If you replace your Standard by mail, your new document will show: 'NOT FOR FEDERAL PURPOSES'. 


Don't delay! Get your Enhanced or REAL ID today. 


If you already have an Enhanced or REAL ID, or you want to keep your Standard, you can replace by mail. Your document type will stay the same. 

Send

(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") 

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.  4


Address and mailing information


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. 5 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.  6  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 and ID number 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 NY State 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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  • 1. If you request a replacement driver license 41 days or more before your 21st birthday, it will say “UNDER 21.”
  • 2. Starting in October 2020, you will need an Enhanced or REAL ID to board a domestic flight (unless you have a passport). 


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

    Newly issued Standard documents show: 'NOT FOR FEDERAL PURPOSES'. 


  • 3.

    If you want to replace in an office and keep your Standard document type, follow these steps:

    Step 1: Complete an Application for Permit, Driver License or Non-Driver ID Card (pdf) (MV-44)

    Step 2: Come to an office. Bring

    • your current license or permit
    • your application 
    • payment

    Newly issued Standard licenses and permits show: 'NOT FOR FEDERAL PURPOSES'. 

  • 4. 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.
  • 5. 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.
  • 6. 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.

For your convenience, many DMV PDF forms can be filled in online and then printed.