How to Replace a Driver's license without the Wait

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Schedule a DMV Appointment to Replace Your Driver's License Fast

Setting up an appointment at the DMV to replace your driver's license can quickly become a headache. You may end up waiting indefinitely on hold or going through a complicated online process that, in some cases, kicks you out several times while you're trying to make some headway. Getting a replacement driver's license shouldn't be such a hassle--and yet average hold times have risen in DMVs across the country in recent years. Even if your DMV offers a callback option if the hold time is too long, you still have to wait by phone.

DoNotPay makes it easier to . Let us schedule an appointment for you without having to dial anyone. We'll take care of it directly from your web browser, avoiding wasted time.

How to Book an Appointment at Your State DMV to Replace Your Driver's License

Many people wonder, "Can I get a copy of my driver's license online?" In some cases, you can. Make sure you know your driver's license replacement options, including how DoNotPay can help streamline the process.

  1. Check your state DMV's website and see if you can request a replacement online. Simply enter your driver's license information, and you'll have a replacement sent right to your house.
  2. If you don't know your information, want to upgrade to a Real ID, or need to provide proof of who you are, you may have to book an appointment in person. You may have to visit your state DMV website and go through the complicated prompts to schedule an appointment--or call in to talk to a representative.
  3. Use DoNotPay's simple online solution to make it easier to request a replacement for your driver's license or make your appointment.

Is There an Easier Way to Book an Appointment with the DMV?

Replacing your driver's license is much easier with DoNotPay. On DoNotPay, you can set up an appointment with your local DMV in minutes without having to wait on hold until you can access a real person with time to set up your appointment.

Decide What Type of Appointment You Want to Set Up

Your options may include:

  • Renewing your license.
  • Setting up an exam to get or renew your license, depending on state requirements.
  • Getting your license.
  • Renewing your registration.
  • Replacing a lost license.
  • Changing your address.
  • Setting up a permit test.
  • Other tasks handled by the DMV in your state potentially include carrying permit registration, scheduling emissions inspections or safety inspections, or managing license reinstatement after a license loss.

Since you're planning to , you'll need to select that option in the menu.

Submit the Time That Works for You

You may want to choose a broad range of times, if possible, to make it easier to set up your appointment.

Get the Paperwork You Need for Your Appointment

The app will ask what kind of paperwork you will need for your appointment, which will allow you to find it and fill it out ahead of time. As a result, you'll be better prepared to manage your time when you visit the DMV in person.

What Documents Should You Prepare Before Your License Replacement Appointment?

If you lost your license or had it stolen, you may need to prove your identity to acquire a replacement at the DMV.

In general, you will need:

  1. Proof of identity
  2. Proof of residence
  3. DOT medical clearance card

If you plan to renew in person, make sure you have these documents in hand:

Proof of your identityYou may use another state or government-issued ID, your birth certificate and social security card, or other vital identifying information to confirm your identity.
Proof of residenceYou'll need official mail addressed to you to show that you still live at the same address.
DOT medical cardThis card is necessary if you are planning to replace a commercial license.

In addition, you should plan to pay a fee associated with license replacement, which will vary by state.

What Is the Best Time to Visit the DMV for a Replacement Driver's License?

Generally, the best time to visit the DMV is early in the morning, just as they open. Most people have to be at work or school during that time, so they'll be less likely to fill up the line and make it difficult for you to get your license replacement handled.

What Can You Do to Avoid Long Wait Times When Making a DMV Appointment to Replace Your License?

You can do several things to decrease your odds of long wait times when you try to make an appointment. First, check to see if you can complete your business online. You may be able to handle license replacement online, which could streamline the process. If you have to make an appointment, use DoNotPay to make a no-hassle license replacement appointment with your local DMV.

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