Misplaced or Lost Driver's License

Categories :: Motor Vehicles > Licenses

If you physically lost your Maryland Driver's license, obtaining a replacement license is not a difficult task but some materials are needed. This information below does not relate to licenses that have been revoked or suspended, only misplaced or stolen.

The MVA requires a form of identification with a signature on it.  When in doubt it is best to bring as many official documents as possible.  Usually a birth certificate and social security card are enough. Sometimes when one form of identification alone won't work (such as a credit card) it will be enough when presented with other forms (such as a birth certificate).  Some materials you may wish to bring:

  • A Passport - Typically the only identification needed,
  • Birth certificate,
  • Social Security card,
  • Signed credit cards,
  • Recent utility bills,
  • Military ID,
  • other forms of official identification.

The MVA website lists a complete list of identifying documents or see COMAR 11.17.09.04 The cost for a replacement license is $20.  Only full service MVA locations will do drivers licenses' and it must be done in person.  If you believe your license was stolen (say along with your wallet) report this to the agent to which you are assigned.

Hint: Visit the MVA in the middle of the week and in the middle of the month.  They are much less busy at those times.  It is important however to replace your license if you plan on driving.  Driving without a driver's license is a crime which carries a fine.

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