How to replace lost ny license

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On December 8, 2017, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a law that mandates that all New York residents must register their vehicles with the state to obtain license plates. The action took effect on April 1, 2018. During the signing ceremony for Assembly Member Guy Velella’s bill, Governor Cuomo stated:

The Senate and the Assembly have passed common-sense legislation that will improve public safety for New Yorkers by making registering a car in New state a requirement for obtaining license plates. This bill is a step forward to help reduce traffic deaths this year and all year round on our streets and highways throughout this great state of ours . . . In addition to endangering themselves, these people risk their fellow motorists, who can’t see around them or over them because they are not wearing their seat belts. We must do everything we can to keep our roadways safe.”

It is important to note that registering your vehicle is separate from getting other necessary documents like insurance or a registration renewal form. The NYS DMV states that beginning April 1, 2018 (for NYS residents), it will be required by law for all vehicles to be registered with the DMV before applying for a NY license plate (i.e., you cannot get a NY license plate without first being registered). However, you already have a valid NY license plate. In that case, it is highly recommended that you wait to renew your registration through DMV until after you receive your new NY license plate from DMV. It could cause issues when attempting to apply/restore online or at your local Bureau of Motor Vehicles branch office. For more details on how to renew/apply online, visit this link:

Below I have outlined some key points regarding obtaining a new (or replacing) NY driver’s license.

Renew your driver’s license online

To renew your driver’s license online, you can choose to:

Change vehicle registration

You can change your address and vehicle registration online.

How to replace a lost NY license in person

Start by checking DMV.NY.GOV.

Start by checking DMV.NY.GOV.

You can find the DMV office location on the website or call (518) 573-8840 during business hours. If you don’t have access to the internet, you can also call 1-800-922-5877 for a recorded message that will give you directions to locations near your home or place of employment.

(Photo: Getty Images/iStockphoto) (Photo: Getty Images/iStockphoto) Section: Change vehicle registration In case you want to change the address in your NY motor vehicle registration, the only way of doing it is by telephoning the DMV’s customer service line at 844-TTY-DMV. Next, please pick up a written order from their office and bring it to the DMV’s office. Call them on their mobile line(s) if that still doesn’t work. From there, you’ll need to fill out a form known as “Request for Change of Address” (ROCA) and present an acceptable form of ID. This form can be downloaded from the DMV website or picked up at any field office. The ROCA is typically completed by people who want to change their addresses, but no new applications are granted on a case-by-case basis. After getting your new permit and license in hand, head to City Hall and get your registered address changed too! Section: Renew driver’s license online. Same as above for renewing any NY registration – methods are similar but slightly different – DL change, odometer check, etc… Section: How to replace a lost NY license in person

Takeaway: Start by checking out this guide at

For those who have lost their licenses as well as other documents related to driving/car ownership in New York States such as ID cards or registrations, please make use of this page which includes information about how one can obtain replacement documents in New York State if they’ve lost theirs or whether they’re currently wanting these copies updated so that they could be current and valid once again…

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