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replacement of lost drivers license california - CA

Lost, stolen, damaged or destroyed license? Replace your California Drivers license now by showing up at any DMV office. Just follow the directions below and the DMV will send you a new license. You may alternatively sign up with our site and we'll give you a handy checklist with all of the requirements.

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In Person

This is the only option available to California residents who need a duplicate license. The reason is that the DMV takes your privacy seriously and makes sure to validate your identity before issuing a replacement. All of your personal details will be checked, including your social security number and your picture will be compared.


  1. Go online and make an appointment at a local california dmv office. You may use this service a maximum of forty five (45) days before your appointment.
    • You must enter your first and last name and phone number. The online system will allow you to schedule for up to three (3) different activities (for instance, change of name, change of address, renewal, etc..).  
  2. You will need to give your Social Security Number.
  3. Save time by pre-filling the DL-44 California Drivers License application form. Unfortunately, this form cannot be downloaded from the CA DMV website. This is due to a special code which must be scanned in person by a DMV employee. Additionally, only original signatures are accepted.
    • If you are a minor (under 18), and are trying to replace a lost permit, both of your parents must sign the DL-44 application. However, if only one of your parents has custody, then only that parent must sign the application.
    • Note: You may not download this form from the DMV's website, because each form must be individually scanned by an employee. However, you may save time by visiting a DMV office and picking up a form before your appointment. The CA DMV may also mail you the form if you call them at 800-777-0133.
  4. Bring money to pay the replacement/duplicate license Fee
  5. You will be required to leave a fingerprint of your thumb. 
  6. Your photograph will be taken and stored.
  7. Your final license card will be sent to your mailing address and will arrive in less than sixty (60) days. In the meantime, you will be given a temporary license that will be valid for a total of ninety (90) days, while your final card arrives by mail. It's very important that the DMV has your latest, most current mailing address or you will not receive your new license. To update your mailing address, please follow these California drivers license address change instructions before going in for your replacement.


If you are able to find your old license, you must get rid of it (destroy) as soon as possible. You may not hold two licenses at the same time. 

Note: If you would like to inquire about your license please call the DMV at the following toll free number:  (800) 777 0133.

Cost to Replace Lost California Drivers License

The following fee is the most up to date cost to replace your class C driver's license in CA. 

Note: You may not pay with a credit card at the DMV office. The only forms of payment allowed are cash, money order, check or a debit card. 

Documents needed to get your California Replacement Drivers License

  • To verify your identity when applying for your duplicate, you will be required to show an ID with your photograph. 
  • You will be required to give your social security number. 
  • Your picture will be compared to ensure your identity.