Replace your driver license while out of state
If you are out of state and your driver license is lost or stolen, you can replace it by mail. Your license must be in good standing, meaning you cannot replace a license that is suspended, revoked, surrendered, or cancelled.
The replacement license:
- Expires on the same date as your lost or stolen license.
- Doesn’t include your photograph.
- Includes the same endorsements as the license you are replacing (motorcycle or CDL).
Replace license by mail
If you will not be back in Washington State within 30 days, you can replace a lost or stolen driver license by mail. The replacement license is labeled “valid without photo” and “not valid for identification.”
To replace a license by mail, send us:
Mail the completed form and fee to:
Driver Records — Record Updates
Department of Licensing
PO Box 9048
Olympia, WA 98507-9048
To have the form sent to you, call (360) 902-3900 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For information about how to replace your driver license if you are serving in the military outside of Washington State, see Military personnel.
Frequently asked questions
How can I receive a replacement license with my photograph?
Once you return to Washington State, visit any driver licensing office with your photo ID. After you meet all requirements, you will be issued a license with a photograph.
My name has changed. Can I update it by mail?
The name on a license cannot be changed by mail because Washington law requires the license holder to apply for a new license in person at a driver licensing office. You can still request a replacement license by mail and it will show the name currently on your license.
If you have other questions, contact call (360) 902-3900 or email email@example.com.