Replace your license or instruction permit


Starting July 1, 2018, all standard cards will be marked with language to indicate they're not valid for federal identification purposes. You may continue to use your marked or unmarked standard card for boarding airplanes and accessing secure federal facilities until October 1, 2020. Enhanced driver licenses and ID cards meet federal Real ID requirements and won't be marked.

Things to know

For $20, you can replace a lost, stolen, or damaged license or instruction permit.

  • You'll get your replacement in 2-4 weeks. If you haven't received it after 30 days, email:
  • We'll mail it to the address we have on file. If it needs to be updated, change your address first. Licenses and ID cards can't be forwarded to a new address.
  • It'll have the same horizontal or vertical format and photo as the one you're replacing.
    • Exception: If you had a vertical card and you’re 21 we’ll replace it with a horizontal format.


  • You can order a replacement up to 3 times a year. Other restrictions may apply, see below.
  • Your temporary license/ID won't include your photo and can't be used for identification.

You can replace your license or permit online through License eXpress.


You can't get a replacement online if:

  • It expires within 3 months, please renew it instead
  • Your license or permit isn't valid
  • You moved out of state
  • You changed your name from what's printed on your license
  • Your record shows you have any of the following:
    • A dishonored check
    • Unpaid traffic fines
    • Unpaid reissuance fee
    • A suspension
    • A revocation
    • A cancellation
Fee payment options
Pay with your: For online services For licensing office
American Express – credit/debit Yes Yes – at most offices*
Discover – credit/debit No Yes – at most offices*
MasterCard – credit/debit Yes Yes – at most offices*
Visa – credit/debit Yes Yes – at most offices*
Make checks payable "Department of Licensing"
Yes Yes
Cash No Yes

*We accept credit and debit cards at some of our offices. Our card payments vendor charges a convenience fee.

  • If using a debit card, the convenience fee adds $2.25.
  • If using a credit card, the convenience fee adds:
    • $2.25 if your transaction total is $75 or less.
    • 3% of your transaction total if over $75.

These offices only accept cash/check: Coulee Dam, Davenport, Friday Harbor, Forks, Goldendale, Newport, Republic, and South Bend.

Other options to replace your card:

Your temporary won't include your photo and can't be used for identification.

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