Re: Physically lost driver's license?
- From: richard <member@xxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Sat, 3 Oct 2009 15:30:58 -0600
On Sat, 3 Oct 2009 13:39:50 -0500, tscottme wrote:
Thanks Doug, Evan, and Chris. Your replies made me think of this. Doug,
that's a good idea of having a scan of your CDL. Some tavel experts suggest
you have a photocopy of your passport, DL, credit cards, etc stored
somewhere in your luggage in case these are stolen while travelling. They
also suggest you leave a photocopy of these with someone back home so that
if you lose your originals and your travelling photocopy they can fax you
their photocopy. Those copies aren't likely a legal substitute for the
originals, but they may help substantiate your story with authorities while
you get your replacements.
Doug and Evan, the duplicate sounds like a really good idea also. You can
always point out you found the original after you received the duplicate.
As long as you aren't trying fraud I don't see much risk, other than the
doubled possibility of someone else getting one of those DL cards. I had a
duplicate DL before I ever got a CDL and "duplicate" was printed somewhere
on the DL but otherwise it was identical to the original. I'd be willing to
risk having both an original and duplicate despite whatever may be encoded
on the mag stripe.
Chris, your story about the lost DL and credit cards reminds me to mention
how strongly I believe in placing a credit freeze or security freeze on your
credit reports. Not to be confused with almost worthless fraud alerts or
LifeLock type services, and credit freeze is preemptive locking of your
credit file so the person finding your DL or credit cards couldn't open new
credit in your name. Frankly, I'd rather have my criedt cards lost than my
DL, but I guess I don't know which is less problem until one of them is used
by a crook.
As always, I suggest each of us think about how to handle this real
possibility before it happens so that your chances of acting wisely if it
For awhile, I actually had two legal cdl's from wisconsin.
When I went to update one, I asked them if they wanted the old one and
surprisingly they said no.
Next time, they took the old one.
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