Missing anything from your wallet (or your entire wallet) can be nerve-wracking. Thankfully, there are ways to replace or renew important items like driver's licenses, credit cards, and even social security cards.
Like any important missing item, don't panic. Losing your driver's license or ID can be scary, but it could simply be misplaced or left behind somewhere.
- Where did you use it last. It's a common story any bartender could tell you. A night out leads to someone leaving the bar without their driver's license or credit card.
Retrace your steps and think of the last time your driver's license left your wallet. And then think of the last time your wallet left your purse or pocket.
- If you suspect theft, report it. Some states require a police report if your license goes missing. So if your search turns up fruitless, be sure to report it before moving forward.
- Check your local DMV for details. The rules vary from state to state on how to handle lost or stolen IDs. Check your state's DMV website or call your local office to get details. You'll likely have to go through a few steps to renew your license.
Missing credit cards can be the thing of adulthood nightmares. But like the missing driver's license, it's important not to panic. Consider what you used your card for last and call the store or shop to see if they still have it.
- Check your statement. Most banks and credit cards allow you to check your charges online. Log into your bank account to see where you (or someone else) used it last. If the charges look unfamiliar, cancel your card immediately.
- Contact your bank. Credit and debit cards go missing all the time. Thankfully, banks are prepared. Simply contact your bank and ask them to replace the card and you'll have a new one with a new number on the way.
You may not use your Social Security card often, but when you need it, it’s usually for something important. If you’ve lost your Social Security card, you can request a replacement through the Social Security office online.
Unfortunately, some states don’t allow a replacement card request online. In these states, you’ll need to apply through the mail:
- New Hampshire
- West Virginia
When searching for information about Social Security or other government IDs, be sure to use trusted sources such as government websites. Don’t be fooled by scammers posing as government agents who could swipe your Social Security Number.
Accidents happen and we're all prone to losing valuables from time to time. From packages and car keys to important documents, a little extra mindfulness can go a long way when it comes to tracking your things (and preventing theft).