You go out to a ball game, shopping at the mall, or just a walk in the park, and when you get home you notice your wallet is missing. It happens. Unfortunately most of us have suffered a theft, or a serious loss of personal property at one point or another. It can be traumatic, unsettling and ;eave us reeling, but it is simply a fact of life.

Among the things we can lose it is our personal documents which can cause the most problems. Cash can be replaced; family photographs are usually copied and secure, but our driver’s license, well, losing that is a real problem.

If you are an Arizona driver there is a quick and easy remedy that can you back on the safe side and make certain nobody else is using your license for nefarious purposes. If you suspect your license has been stolen, or perhaps just lost, your first step should be contacting the Arizona Department of Transportation. You can visit their web site or contact them by phone, or even drive down to the local offices. (Remember, this only works if your license is valid. Don’t drive on a revoked or suspended license.)

Once you contact ADOT they can walk you through the steps needed to get your license back and get you back on the road safely.

You may replace a lost or stolen driver license or identification card online, by phone, or at any MVD or authorized Third Party office. The fee for a duplicate license is $12.00. A duplicate ordered online can be sent by express delivery for an additional fee.

If you visit an office you must have two forms of identification, one of which contains your photo (or three forms of identification, if no photo). Management approval may be required. If your license has been lost or stolen and you have reason to believe someone else is using it, the incident should be reported to your local police department as an identity theft.

See Identification Requirements for a listing of acceptable proof of identification. One proof must be listed under Primary.

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