How To Replace Your Alabama Drivers License

If your Alabama 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.

1: Get Started with Online Application Assistance

Online application assistance can simplify the process for many DLD related services for a fee, including: renewing your license, applying for a license, registering a vehicle, replacing your license, changing your address and more. In addition to the free forms and general instructions available from the DLD offices or websites, you will receive value added products such as a comprehensive Easy Guide containing information relevant to your service needs. Where possible, we will prepare your DLD forms and/or provide links to DLD online services. You will also receive 30 days of both emergency Roadside Assistance and the Repair Assist consultation service from Road America. 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 DLD in person, or via available online services. Service by mail is available with limitations. Read below for additional details or visit your local DLD.

3: Via a DLD office

If you prefer to access DLD services in person or your specific needs require an in-person visit, most, if not all, driver license services can be handled at a physical DLD office location. Varying DLD offices sometimes supply different types of services so you will need to check before your visit to make sure the DLD closest to you provides the service you require. In addition, you can call to see if your local DLD allows you to make a personal appointment. Read more below to see if an in-person visit is either preferred or required.

Replacing Your Alabama Drivers License

There are a few required documents that you must bring in order to replace your drivers license at the DLD. For a complete checklist of documents needed, click here.

At least one form of ID must be an original or authorized copy containing a photo. Each document must be current unless otherwise stated. A full list of primary and secondary documents can be found on the Alabama Department of Public Safety Website. However, for a new replacement driver license, if a driver takes along a current Social Security Card and a birth certificate or passport, they will be accepted. The main forms of ID accepted are:

  • Photo ID that includes full legal name and birth date
  • Documentation of date of birth (birth certificate)
  • Social Security Number and legal status documentation
  • Proof of principal residential address        

Please note there is an $18 replacement fee for your duplicate license. You will not need to take any type of test or examination for your drivers license replacement.

Out-of-State Replacement

All United States drivers licenses are issued by the state, therefore all replacements will need to be done at your local DLD office. If your drivers license is lost or stolen while traveling, visit the Alabama DLD Web site. There you will find a printable a form that can be filled out for your replacement drivers license.

Have you recently moved?  Find out how to change your address on your Alabama drivers license here.

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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