How To Replace Your Pennsylvania Drivers License

If you need to replace a drivers license in Pennsylvania because it has been lost, stolen or destroyed, you'll need to take care of it 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

Online application assistance services in Pennsylvania can facilitate the processes involved in many DOT related services by providing invaluable information and step-by-step instruction on how best to proceed. Whether you are looking to renew, replace or get a new PA driver’s license or ID card, online application assistance services can help with these and many more. Other benefits include one-click access to an entire inventory of official Pennsylvania forms and publications, as well as other useful PA resources.

2: By mail

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

3: Via a DVS office

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

Replacing a Drivers License in Pennsylvania

You can replace your Pennsylvania drivers license with a duplicate by mail by downloading and completing Form DL-901 from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation's website. You will also need to:

  • Make out a check and money order to pay the appropriate fee or fees
  • Mail your form (application) and forms of payment to:  PennDOT, P.O. Box 68272, Harrisburg, PA 17106-8272

You may download a complete checklist of what is required to replace your drivers license here.


There are different fees for the replacement Pennsylvania drivers license card. Typically, there is a $5 fee if a new camera card is not needed. However, a person who does require a new camera card will be charged a $10 fee. 

A camera card is a temporary license that does not have a photo. It is issued if there is no photo on file for the person carrying the drivers license. If a person receives a camera card, he or she has 60 days to visit a photo license center to have a new picture taken. Payment is only accepted in the form of a check or money order. 

To confirm the proper fee that is required to receive a replacement Pennsylvania drivers license, contact the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation at (717) 412-5300.

Out of State
If you are out of state during the time your drivers license is stolen, lost or damaged, you can apply for a duplicate license through the mail. This typically applies to students or military personnel. To begin the process to replace a drivers license in Pennsylvania, you can still fill out the Application for Change, Correction or Replacement of a Non-Commercial Driver's License from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation website. 

Expiring License
If a person has a drivers license or identification card that will expire within the next six months, the person is not eligible to apply for a drivers license replacement in Pennsylvania.  Instead, the person will need to apply to renew their license or identification card.  At this time, there is no method to apply for a Pennsylvania replacement drivers license card online. 

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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