If you have lost or misplaced your driver’s license, you need to get a replacement as soon as possible to protect yourself from identity theft and to make sure you are legal while driving your vehicle.
Replacing a drivers license is a fairly simple process, as long as you are educated beforehand on what needs to take place. Here are some pointers on how to replace your driver’s license in the state of New Jersey.
File A Report
Before taking any further steps, you need to file a missing driver’s license report with your local police department to ensure protection for yourself. If you take care of this step first, you may end up protecting yourself in the end from identity theft or other issues that may cause a headache later on.
Visit a Motor Vehicle Commission Office
Find a Motor Vehicle Commission Office close by and plan to stop in for a visit. Depending on the time you arrive, be prepared to spend up to an hour or more as you try to replace your stolen or lost driver’s license.
When you arrive at the MVC office, you will be asked to verify your identity. We suggest that you try to have as many of the items as you can ready to go before you step foot in their office to speed the process along and to avoid stress for you.
Proof Of Identity
The MVC requires you to have a form to apply for your driver’s license (Form BA-208), but unfortunately, this is a form you will have to fill out when you arrive as it is not available for downloading at home.
Having proof of identity ready to go is a great way to help ensure that you will get your replacement and leave with a temporary license in hand. There are several different ways you are able to prove your identity and those are listed below. You must bring one of these items:
- Birth Certificate – If you choose to bring your birth certificate, remember to bring the original copy so you are able to prove that you are who you say you are.
- Valid US Passport
- New Jersey ID Card (not for driving)
And one of these items:
- Marriage License
- School ID including a copy of your transcript
- Social Security Card
All of your forms of identity MUST be original copies or certified copies. A photocopy or duplicate will not be accepted.
Proof of Residence
You have to prove you are also a New Jersey resident if the identification items you brought don’t already prove your residence. A way to do so is to bring a copy of your utility bill, mortgage or lease agreement or a copy of your last credit card bill.
Pay Your Fee
To replace your driver’s license in New Jersey, you must pay a $10 fee. You can pay this fee in cash, credit/debit, or a check or money order written to the New Jersey MVC.
Get Your Temporary License
Once all of the above steps are completed, the MVC will print a temporary license for you to take with you. You must carry this with you while driving a motor vehicle at all times. Your replacement license will arrive in the mail in several days.
Replacing a driver’s license is never something people enjoy doing, but knowing what all goes into the process before you even go to the MVC will help make it a smooth process.