Obtaining a Replacement License or Learner's Permit
Why Get a Replacement License or Learner's Permit?
If your driver's license or learner's permit is lost or has been stolen, damaged, or mutilated, you will need to obtain a replacement. You may also choose to replace your driver's license or permit to change your address, change your sex designation or update the photograph.
Renew or Replace?
If the expiration date on your driver's license is less than one year away, you may choose to renew your driver's license instead of replacing it. Learner’s permits cannot be renewed.
Removing the Vision Restriction
If you must wear glasses or contact lenses when you drive, your driver's license or learner's permit will show a vision restriction. To have the vision restriction removed after having LASIK surgery to correct your vision, you must either:
- Make an appointment and visit a DMV customer service center to obtain a replacement license or learner’s permit. While you are there, you can upgrade to a REAL ID compliant license or permit. You will be required to pass the vision screening without wearing glasses or contact lenses.
- Submit the following by mail:
- A completed Driver's License and Identification Card Application (DL1P)
- A Vision Screening Report (MED 4) that has been signed by an ophthalmologist or optometrist within the last 3 months. The MED 4 must indicate that you meet the minimum visual requirements without wearing glasses or contact lenses.
- A $20 payment for the replacement license/$2 for a replacement learner's permit
- Mail these items to:
- Department of Motor Vehicles
- Driver's License and ID Card Work Center
- P. O. Box 27412
- Richmond, VA 23269-0001
DMV will process your request and send your updated license or learner's permit by mail with the vision restriction removed.
The cost to obtain a replacement license is $20.
The cost to obtain a replacement learner's permit is $2.
Obtaining a Replacement License Online
You may obtain a replacement driver's license or learner's permit online UNLESS one or more of the following apply:
- Your credential is expired, cancelled, suspended, or revoked
- You need to change or correct the name on your credential
- You owe money to DMV for a prior transaction
- You are under the age of 18
- You need a new photo or you have a profile picture on your credential
- You have surrendered your credential to another state
- Your customer number on file needs verification
- You have already requested a replacement online today
- You are required to provide proof of legal presence
- You are upgrading to a REAL ID compliant credential
If you obtain a replacement license or learner's permit online, DMV will use the photograph on your current credential. If you would like a new photograph, make an appointment and visit one of our customer service centers.
Obtaining a Replacement License or Learner's Permit at a Customer Service Center
To obtain a replacement driver's license or learner's permit at one of our customer service centers, you must:
- Make an appointment at a DMV customer service center.
- Complete the application for a driver's license or learner's permit (DL1P). You may complete the form before or after coming to a DMV office. For your convenience, you may also apply to register to vote, change your voter registration address, or notify DMV of a change of address or name when you complete the application form.
- Present one proof of identity document. For more information on identification requirements, refer to "Acceptable Documents for Obtaining a Driver's License or Photo ID Card" (DMV 141). .
A new photo will be required.