Required Documents for a Pennsylvania License Replacement
For the license replacement, drivers will need to present a completed DL-80 form, proper payment (i.e., a money order, check, credit card or debit card), proper identification and a photo. Drivers should also report lost driver’s licenses to PennDOT http://www.penndot.gov/PennDOTWay/Pages/Article.aspx?post=38). Drivers may also have to reconcile remaining sanctions from other states and ensure that their licenses are valid at the time of the license replacement request. Updating drivers license information may occur with the replacement process. For instance, drivers may complete the sections of the Non-Commercial Driver’s License Application to state they would like to change or update driver’s license information during the license replacement process. If this is the case, then drivers must also include documents supporting name changes or corrections, birth date corrections or Social Security Number corrections (www.dot.state.PAus/Public/DVSPubsForms/BDL/BDL%20Form/DL-80.pdf). If drivers’ licenses were lost or stolen, then drivers may also have to complete a Fraudulent Misuse of Driver License Credentials application (RMO-1DL form). This form requires drivers to state the origin of the incident and suspected perpetrators to validate the complaint (http://www.dmv.PAgov/Driver-Services/Driver-Licensing/Pages/Fraud.aspx).
When to Replace Drivers Licenses in Pennsylvania
Although a lost drivers license is an inconvenience many drivers choose to ignore, drivers should remedy the situation to avoid future issues. Drivers should replace lost or stolen driver’s licenses as soon as they realize they are missing. In these circumstances, drivers should also report the lost or stolen licenses to PennDOT to ensure that other drivers cannot attempt to steal personal information from them. Additionally, drivers should replace driver’s licenses if they are damaged and cannot be easily interpreted. Driver’s licenses should be legible and presentable to law enforcement officers when necessary. Drivers must request replacement driver’s licenses if their licenses become illegible or ruined beyond repair. Occasionally, drivers may need to request replace lost driver’s licenses if they are never delivered. If this happens, drivers are encouraged to contact PennDOT to ask about the status of pending replacement driver’s licenses (http://www.dmv.PAgov/Driver-Services/Driver-Licensing/Pages/Replace.aspx).
Reasons to File Police Reports for Lost Pennsylvania Driver’s Licenses
If drivers’ licenses were lost or stolen, they may file a police report to expedite the recovery and replacement process of PA driver’s licenses. Additionally, filing a legal report provides law enforcement officers with enough information to find the lost or stolen driver’s license. PennDOT employs security protocols such as facial recognition technology and can supply incident report forms to drivers, but drivers must act to help reduce the risk of fraud and identity theft as well. Lost driver’s licenses contain personal credentials and are registered with the PA Department of Transportation, so drivers should take precaution when handling their driver’s licenses (http://www.dmv.PAgov/Driver-Services/Driver-Licensing/Pages/Fraud.aspx).