Did your wallet get stolen and your drivers license go along with it? Perhaps you left your license somewhere and you can’t find it anywhere. Regardless of what happened to it, you are not permitted to drive in the state of Alabama if you do not have a license with you.
Luckily, there is a process you can go through to help replace your stolen or lost license, and it is pretty easy to do so. Being educated on the process will help things go smoother and easier when you arrive at your local Department of Motor Vehicles (or DMV).
Here is what you need to do:
File A Report
Filing a report of a stolen license will not automatically get you a new one, but it will alert authorities of potential theft and help protect you. Protecting your identity is highly important and could help save you a lot of headache later on.
Are You Eligible?
If your current license is suspended or expired, you cannot replace it in the state of Alabama. You must first renew your drivers license and then you will be allowed to replace it. If your name and mailing address are not currently on file, they cannot help you in replacing a license.
To apply for a replacement drivers license, you can do so either online or in person. Each has several important criteria but also several benefits as well. Deciding which is more convenient for you is easier to do when you know all of the information about each route to getting a new license.
Applying In Person
It is required for you to apply online if you are currently in the state of Alabama and if you are a foreign citizen. The good thing about applying online is that the state doesn’t make you have an application for the process.
If you are under the age of 18, it is also important to note that you do not need a signature from a parent or guardian.
If you are worried about the necessity to retake your vision and written exams originally required for you to receive a drivers license, don’t worry, you don’t have to do that.
Your existing photo will suffice for your new license, unless you simply would like to update the photo you have on your existing driver’s license.
There are several things you need to remember to take with you to the DMV, and not having these items will result in you being declined in your quest to replace your driver’s license. Here are the items you must bring with you:
- Proof of identity – If you are a US citizen, you must bring two documents proving who you are (one must include a photograph) from this provided list by the ALEA. If you are a non-citizen, you must bring a valid Visa, letter from the Social Security Administration, or your military ID card.
- Proof of SSN – If you do not have access to your social security card, a letter from the Social Security Administration will suffice.
- Payment – Payments for replacements vary based on what you are needing done. Replacement license or permit – $31.25 Replacement ID – $36.25 Replacement CDL – $31.25
When you leave the DMV, you will have a temporary license in your hand and can expect your replacement to arrive via mail in several days.
In order to apply online you must have a valid drivers license, commercial license or learner’s permit. After completing the process online, it is imperative that you have a printer available for you to print your receipt, as this will act as your temporary license until your replacement arrives in the mail in several days.
If you meet the requirements, visit the Alabama Driver’s License Renewal website and start the process of replacing your driver’s license.
If you are out of the state or even out of the country when the situation occurs that you are needing a replacement done, you can use the online procedure for acquiring a license replacement.