Replace license or permit

You can replace your license or permit 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


You can replace your license online, unless

  • 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

Read How to Apply for a New York Learner Permit, Driver License, Non-Driver ID Card (MV-44.1). Then 

Mail to:

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

At a DMV office

A local DMV office cannot issue a document with your photo. You will be given a temporary, non-photo document to use until you receive your new one in the mail.


The fee is $17.50.

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. 3 To verify or change your address, see Address Change.

It will come in about 2 weeks

Allow 2 weeks for delivery by US first-class mail. You can't request delivery by Express Mail and you can't get your license sooner by going to a DMV office.


Additional information

Change my name or make other changes

To change your name or other non-address information, 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.

  • 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. a. b. 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.

Before You Start

Please note that this transaction is currently offline

Make sure

  • you are eligible as described on this page
  • your current address matches the address on our records or you changed your address before you order a replacement online
  • you have a credit card to pay the $17.50 replacement fee

After you pay, you can download and print a temporary license or permit to use until you receive your new document in the mail.

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