How To Replace Your New York Drivers License
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2: By mail, if eligible (read below for instructions)
Some drivers prefer to handle the renewal process by mail, rather than taking advantage of assistance services, visiting the DMV in person, or via available online services. Service by mail is available with limitations. Read below for additional details or visit your local DMV.
3: Via a local DMV office
If you prefer to access DMV services in person or your specific needs require an in-person visit, most, if not all, driver license services can be handled at a physical DMV office location. Varying DMV offices sometimes supply different types of services so you will need to check before your visit to make sure the DMV closest to you provides the service you require. In addition, you can call to see if your local DMV allows you to make a personal appointment. Read more below to see if an in-person visit is either preferred or required.
Those seeking a replacement New York drivers license can apply online, by mail or in person.
If you wish to replace your drivers license online, you must make sure that your current address is the same one that is on record with the state DMV. If the addresses do not match, you will first need to update your address (which can also be done online) before completing the process for a New York drivers license replacement. In order to apply for a duplicate driver’s license online, you will need to pay $17.50.
You must meet the following qualifications to apply online:
- You have not done so within the last two years, or if you are over the age of 25.
- You're under the age of 25 and you have never ordered a duplicate license online ever before.
- If your drivers license hasn’t been revoked, suspended, expired, conditional or restricted.
- The replacement driver’s license has the same information on it as the original, including name and address and the identification, gender and date of birth must be the same as what appeared on the original drivers license.
Receiving a replacement New York drivers license will take at least two weeks, and a driver must provide an e-mail address to receive a confirmation of requesting a replacement.
Replacing your New York drivers license by mail is a good option for persons who are out of the country or in another state when an ID card is lost or stolen. In order to complete process:
- Download and complete forms MV-44 an MV-44.1.
- Send the designated fee of seventeen dollars and fifty cents
- And copies of proof of identity.
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The forms to obtain a New York Drivers License Replacement can be sent to:
DMV License Production Bureau
P.O. Box 2688-ESP
Albany, NY 12220-0668
Applicants who wish to replace their license in person should generate and download the required form and checklist. These documents will help save time when visiting the DMV office in person.
A New York drivers license replacement applicant must:
- Visit the local New York Drivers License Replacement Division of the Department of Motor Vehicles
- Complete form MV-44.
- Bring proof of identity valuing at six points
A replacement drivers license will be issued that day. If a drivers license was stolen, you can obtain a MV-78B form from a police station. There is no fee to replace a stolen drivers license as long as you complete the required forms.
What is an Adult Drivers License?
In some states, the layout of your drivers license may change when you reach a certain age. It is possible for your license to switch from a vertical design to a horizontal card once you turn 21. You may want to seek out a duplicate or replacement adult drivers license when you reach the age of 21.
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