Replace a Driver's License
As it pertains to your driver's license, it's vital that a driver keeps his or her credentials up-to-date. If you recently lost your license to drive, you must take the proper steps to replace it.
Report a Stolen Drivers License
Although you may have lost your driving license in an innocuous manner, it is important to eliminate the chances of identity fraud. Therefore, be sure to report the loss of your drivers license to law enforcement.
Your driver's license is directly attached to your driving record, which means that any fine, traffic citation or worse can be applied to your record. In the event that your drivers license was stolen, you can eliminate the possibility of being held liable for the actions of others. When you make your visit, get a copy of the police report to take with you when you go in person to replace drivers licenses.
Replace a Drivers License in Person
Having a lost drivers license or stolen drivers license are the most common reasons for license replacement. However, if your license is damaged beyond legibility, you will also have to replace it.
Fortunately, replacing your license is a simple process: If you have a driver's license, a non-driver ID, or a teen or adult learner's permit, head over to a DMV Hub Office or AAA location to replace it. If you have a commercial driver's license, commercial driver instruction permit (CDIPS) or motorcycle learner's permit, then you must go to a DMV office.
When you go in person to renew a driver's license, you will need to bring one acceptable form of identification. Because your information and photo is already in the CT DMV system, a driver may choose a document from either the primary or secondary ID lists. Just be sure that the document you bring is the original. No certified copies will be accepted.
Acceptable primary documents to bring to the DMV for drivers license replacement include:
If you are U.S.-born:
- U.S. Birth Certificate or Registration of Birth (Hospital-issued not acceptable; foreign place of birth see Non-US-Born below)
- U.S. passport or passport card
If you are non-U.S.-born:
- U.S. passport or passport card
- Foreign passport w/ supporting documents (See Legal Presence noted below)*
- Certificate of Naturalization*
- Certificate of Citizenship*
- Permanent Resident Card*
- U.S. Consular Report of Birth Abroad (Issued by the Department of State)
Secondary document list for proof of ID when replacing a CT drivers license:
- Out-of-state U.S. photo driver license
- U.S. territory or Canadian photo driver license
- Out-of-state U.S. or Canadian issued photo learners permit
- Connecticut-issued non-driver identification card, driver license or learner permit
(Your driver license or ID may be required to be surrendered)
- U.S. Military ID or dependent card with photo
- Connecticut State Permit to Carry Pistols or Revolvers
- Military discharge/separation papers (DD-214)
- Court Order: Must contain full name and date of birth (i.e. name change, adoption, marriage or civil union dissolution), does not include abstract of criminal or civil conviction
- Marriage or Civil Union Certificate (certified copy issued by town/city)
- Pilot's license (issued by the US DOT Federal Aviation Administration)
- Certified school transcript (school photo ID not acceptable)
- Social Security card (Not laminated or metal; 16 and older must sign)
- CT State Department of Social Services issued photo public assistance card
- CT Department of Corrections original certificate of identification (not available from DOC unless issued when discharged)
- Baptismal certificate or similar document
- State or Federal Employee Identification with signature and photo and/or physical description with or without date of birth
- Employment Authorization card
The fees associated with CT drivers license replacements are:
- Driver's license, CDL, non-driver photo ID: $30
- CT learner's permit: $19
- CDL learner's permit: $10
- Motorcycle learner's permit: $16
- AAA convenience fee for DMV transactions: $3
The CT DMV and AAA accept the following forms of payment: cash, check, money order, bank check, debit card or credit card.