It’s tough going through life without some form of identification. Whether you want to buy alcohol, make it into a local bar, see an R-rated movie or just to prove that you are who you say you are, having an ID just makes things easier. Of course, once you have jumped through all the hoops to get that handy piece of plastic, you’ll want to do your best to hang on to it. Whether it’s a driver’s license or a state identification card, it’s important that you take care of them as carefully as you can. If you do lose the card you can replace it, you’ll just have to go through a few steps to do so. Here are some tips to help you get through the process quickly.
Head to the DMV
The most straightforward method you can use to replace your card is to drive to the local DMV. Once you are there, the following steps will start the replacement process.
- Fill out a replacement application
- Provide ID proof such as a birth certificate or passport
- Have a new ID picture taken
- Get a copy of your thumbprint made
- Pay a small fee to cover the replacement
Going Through the Postal Service
In some states, you don’t have to travel to the local DMV at all to obtain a replacement card. Instead, you can mail in an application along with all the supporting documentation. If you do this, the paperwork will be processed and your card mailed to you. This is a fast way to take care of the issue and saves the hassle of a trip to the DMV.
Using the Internet
You can do most things online today and, in many states, it’s possible to obtain a replacement card right through the DMV’s website. Head over to that website and find the section that pertains to lost or stolen ID’s. You’ll likely find directions for how to replace the ID online if that’s an available option. Simply follow the steps and a new ID will be issued. You may even be able to print out a temporary ID to use while you wait for the permanent one to arrive.
It’s not fun to lose your ID card, but it’s an issue that you can remedy in as little as a few days as long as you have the time to spare to go through the process. If you find yourself without identification, do yourself a favor and replace it sooner rather than later. You may not even realize how often you use your ID until you don’t have one to use!