How To Replace Your North Carolina Drivers License

If your North Carolina drivers license has been lost, stolen or destroyed, you'll need to get it replaced immediately. We offer links to resources that will save you time and get you going in the right direction. Select from the options below to get started.

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1: Get Started with Online Application Assistance

Application assistance services can simplify the process for many DMV related services for a fee, including: renewing your license, applying for a license, registering a vehicle, replacing your license, changing your address and more. Other benefits include an ongoing monthly newsletter and a quarterly magazine covering important updates that affect drivers, important safety tips, trends, legislative updates and ways to save money on vehicle-related services.

2: By mail

Some drivers prefer to handle the renewal process by mail, rather than taking advantage of assistance services, visiting the DMV in person, or via available online services. Service by mail is available with limitations. Read below for additional details or visit your local DMV.

3: Via a DMV office

If your specific needs require an in-person visit, most, if not all, driver license services can be handled at your local DMV office. Varying DMV offices sometimes supply different types of services so you will need to check before your visit to make sure the DMV closest to you provides the service you require. In addition, you can call to see if your DMV allows you to make a personal appointment.

Replacing a North Carolina Drivers License

Replacing your lost, stolen or damaged North Carolina drivers license is a painless process. For a complete checklist of what you need for a duplicate license or to replace your license, download a checklist of the required documents


As long as you don't have a suspended license or an outstanding debt with DMV, you can request to replace your license online. You will need the following:

  • Valid Driver License or ID issued after January 2000
  • Valid Social Security number, ITIN or U.S. Visa number on file with DMV
  • Email address so a PIN can be sent to you

Once you have these items, complete these easy steps to obtain your replacement license:

  • Verify your address and name
  • Change of address, if needed
  • Select the drivers license option to duplicate your license
  • Fees are $10 for the duplicate license 

In Person

To replace your driver’s license in person, you’ll need two of the following documents:

  • Your current license or proof of your identity
  • Birth certificate
  • Your original Social Security card
  • School documents such as a diploma
  • Military ID
  • Passport
  • Certified marriage certificate
  • NC Limited Driving Privilege
  • U.S. Government cocuments
  • U.S. Veterans Universal Access card
  • Court documents

What is an Adult Drivers License?

In some states, the layout of your drivers license may change when you reach a certain age. It is possible for your license to switch from a vertical design to a horizontal card once you turn 21. You may want to seek out a duplicate or replacement adult drivers license when you reach the age of 21.

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