Replace your driver license while out of state

If your driver license is lost or stolen while you’re out of Washington State:

  • You can replace it by mail if:
    • Your license is in good standing (not suspended, revoked, surrendered, or cancelled).
    • You won’t be back in Washington within 30 days.
  • You can’t replace it by mail if:
    • You have an enhanced driver license (EDL).
    • You have a commercial driver license (CDL).
    • Your license is suspended, revoked, surrendered, or canceled.
    • You don’t have a valid Social Security number on file with us.

Your replacement license:

  • Expires on the same date as your lost or stolen license.
  • Doesn’t include your photograph or signature.
  • Is labeled “valid without photo” and “not valid for identification.”
  • Includes your motorcycle endorsement, if applicable.

How to replace your license by mail

  1. Send us all of the following:
  2. Mail the completed form and fee to:
    Department of Licensing
    301 E Wallace Kneeland Blvd, Ste 224, PMB 296
    Shelton, WA 98584-2987

Military personnel

To learn how to replace your driver license if you’re serving in the military outside of Washington State, see Military personnel.

Frequently asked questions

How can I receive a replacement license with my photograph?
When you return to Washington State, visit any driver licensing office with your photo ID. After you meet all requirements, you’ll be issued a license with a photograph.

My name has changed. Can I update it by mail?
You can’t change the name on your license by mail. Washington law requires drivers who want to change the name on their license to apply for a new one at a driver licensing office. However, you can still request a replacement license by mail and it will show the name currently on your license.

More information

If you have other questions, please contact call 360.902.3900 or email drivers@dol.wa.gov.

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