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replacement of lost drivers license florida - FL

Lost, stolen or destroyed your current license? Replace your Florida Drivers license now and avoid going to the DMV. There are many different ways in which to order a new duplicate license in the Sunshine state. The steps are different depending on your current situation. For instance, if you are currently away from the state, your options will be different from those drivers that are in state. Military drivers and non immigrants are also bound to specific rules. We've listed the different requirements in the corresponding sections below. You can quickly jump to the section which best describes your current situation. Remember, that the quickest way to get a replacement is to show up in person at any local driver license office. However, if you are uncertain which method is best for you, sign up using the link below and we'll supply you with a checklist and all of the necessary forms, rules, and steps.

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How to Replace Your Lost Florida Drivers License

You can replace your Florida Drivers license using any one of the following methods:

  1. In person at a local florida dmv office, or
  2. online at
  3. By mail.
  4. Over the phone.
Of course, the fastest way to replace your Florida Driver's License is to go in person to a local Driver License office.

In Person


  1. Prepare to bring documents which show proof of identity and proof of residence.  (read below for complete list)
  2. Take a look at the driver license office page to find your closest DMV office and drive or have someone take you.
  3. You will need to pay a replacement fee. The current cost is $25.00. If you can show the copy of a police report, there will not a fee.
  4. After completing the above steps, you will be given a new duplicate license.

Out of State Drivers

The Florida DMV understands the inconvenience of losing a license when traveling or living temporarily out of state. To make your life easier, there are several different avenues in which to have a duplicate issued. You can either:

  • Apply online.
    • Note: When applying online while out of state, since your duplicate license will be mailed to your current out of state location, you will be required to update your mailing address to your current out of state one. Upon returning to the state of Florida, you may update your address again to an in-state address.  
  • Send your request via mail.
  • Call over the phone.
  • Send your request via email

By Mail - For Out of State Drivers

You must have a valid non commercial drivers license.


  1. Instead of having a duplicate issued, you will need to file for a temporary ninety (90) day permit. This permit will not cost you anything, as it is free.
  2. Create a letter with your first, middle and last name, SSN, birth date, driver's license number (must be a Florida license), and your out of state mailing address.
  3. You can apply for your permit by mailing to the following address:
    • Bureau of Records
      2900 Apalachee Parkway, MS 92
      Tallahassee, Florida 32399-0575
  4. Upon returning to the state, visit any dmv office to get a new duplicate license.

By Phone - For Out of State Drivers

Please call the following local Florida number: 850-617-2000. Be prepared to give your name, current address, driver's license number and SSN.

By Email - For Out of State Drivers

Click Here to contact the Florida DMV. Select the option called "Lost/Stolen/Damaged License-Currently Out of State". 

You will receive a response in less than two (2) business days. 


To have a duplicate replacement license processed online in Florida, you must meet the following requirements:

Requirements to Replace Lost License Online

  • You must be a U.S citizen.
  • You must have a social security number.


  • Please use your internet browser to visit the following Web Page
  • In order to access the online system, you will be required to enter the following pieces of personal information:
    1. Florida driver's license number, OR your car's VIN number, OR your car's tag (license plate) number.  
    2. Your date of birth and last 4 digits of SSN are also required.
    3. If successful, you will be given the option of updating your emergency contacts in the event that you are involved in an accident.
    4. You will be asked to confirm your address. If the address is different from the one on file, you will have to pay a corrected replacement fee
    5. Note: Your duplicate replacement license will be mailed to you and will arrive between one (1) and two (2) weeks. The only way to receive it sooner is to visit a driver license dmv office, and one will be issued immediately.

Note: For questions regarding your online transaction or license replacement, please contact the FL DMV here:

Online: Florida DMV Email Contact Page
Phone: 850-617-2000

Non U.S. Citizens

If you are temporarily living here (working, studying, etc.) in the U.S. with a valid U.S. visa, your only option is to visit a local dmv office In Person.

Military Drivers

If you are serving in the US military, you may request a duplicate replacement using any one of the following three options.

  1. Use the following FL DMV Page to start your replacement online.
    • You'll be required to enter your Florida driver's license number, OR your car's VIN number, OR your car's tag (license plate) number.  
    • Your date of birth and last 4 digits of SSN are also required.
  2. If you do not wish to use the online page, you can call call 850-617-2000 and process your replacement over the phone.
  3. As a final option, you may send your request via normal postal mail.
    • Mailing Address: Bureau of Records, 2900 Apalachee Parkway, MS 92, Tallahassee, Florida 32399-0575
  4. If you would instead like to have your replacement processed via email, you may do so by filling out the following contact form online.
  5. Once your request for a duplicate license has been processed, the FL DMV will mail you a temporary ninety (90) day permit. The packet will also contain detailed instructions on how to apply for a permanent replacement license.


$25Fee will be waived if a copy of a police report is shown when applying. However, there will be a cost if the information on your license has changed and you wish to apply for a new one.

Documents needed 

  • Proof of Identity

  • Proof of Social Security Number

  • Proof of Residential Address

    • These can include:
      • Mortgage payments, 
      • Florida Voter Registration Card, 
      • Vehicle Registration or Title, 
      • Boat Registration or Title, 
      • A statement from a parent legal guardian or person whom you reside, 
      • Homeowners insurance policy
      • Automobile insurance policy.

Note: If you are not a citizen of the USA

You must present proof of legal presence.