It is a stressful and scary feeling anytime you suddenly realize that you do not have your license in your possession and you don’t know where it is. Maybe you lost it. Maybe you just misplaced it. Maybe it was damaged or destroyed. Hopefully, somebody did not steal it. After all, having your license stolen leaves you vulnerable to having your identity stolen. No matter what happened, it is essential that you replace your license as soon as you possibly can for many reasons. One important reason is that being in public without your identification is illegal.
If you are a resident of the state of Maryland and you need to replace a lost or stolen drivers license, follow the guidelines below so that you can relieve the stress associated with being without your identification. First, though, be aware that if your license was stolen, the state requires that you report it to authorities and the Motor Vehicle Administration. You must go in person to your local police station and file a report. Make sure you obtain a copy of the report at the station. Next, you must call the ombudsman for the MVA and give that person your name, your police report number, the jurisdiction of the police station, and an indication of the exact MVA office at which you will apply for your replacement license.
If your license was stolen, you must visit an MVA office after reporting the incident to the ombudsman. However, if your license was just lost, misplaced, damaged, or destroyed, you can apply for a new license either in person or online.
If you are going to go online to the MVA website to apply for a replacement license, make sure that you have all of the information that the system will ask you for. This information includes your name, your drivers license number, your date of birth, and either your social security number or your MVA PIN number. After you complete the online process, you will be asked to pay the fee of $20 for a replacement license. You can make this payment online with a credit card or a debit card. After the payment is successful, you will have an opportunity to print out a confirmation of your request for a replacement license. Keep this in your possession until your permanent replacement arrives in the mail.
If you choose to go in person to your local MVA office, make sure to bring with you a document that proves your identity. Examples of acceptable documents include your United States passport, your birth certificate, or a certificate of naturalization. You will also be asked to provide two documents that prove your current residency in Maryland. These documents could be a utility bill, a rental lease, your vehicle registration, your title for your vehicle, or a mortgage document.
Also, be aware that nobody else can appear on your behalf when you are applying in person for a replacement license. While someone else can be with you at the time, you must be present. If you are not yet 18 years old, you must have a parent or guardian with you when you apply in person for a replacement license.
You can pay the $20 replacement fee in person at the MVA office with a check, a money order, a credit card, a debit card, or cash. After your application for a replacement is accepted and your payment is processed, you will be issued a temporary document in person to use as proof you have requested a replacement. Your permanent license will be mailed to you.