Gather Go Get the FLORiDA Card

Gather. Go. Get

Press Release

August 13 2009


DHSMV Communications

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Florida Unveils New Educational Campaign To Prepare You For Upcoming License And Id Card Changes

Gather.Go.Get. prepares residents for new driver license and ID card requirements effective Jan. 1, 2010

Tallahassee, Fla. – The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles today launched Gather. Go. Get. – an educational campaign designed to assist Floridians with new driver license and identification card requirements. Beginning Jan. 1, 2010, Floridians renewing or obtaining a new license or ID will be required to show proof of: 1) identification, 2) Social Security number and 3) residential address (two items).

The campaign is anchored by a new website designed to help residents understand the new requirements. DHSMV is encouraging Floridians to visit to find out how and when to gather your documents, go to a driver license office and get your new card. The campaign website will enable residents to:

  • Determine when they will need to visit a driver license or tax collector office.
  • Create a personalized checklist detailing documents they will need.
  • Obtain contact information showing where to get required documents.
  • Browse a list of driver license offices in their local area.

“Florida is a national leader in driver license and ID card security,” said DHSMV Executive Director, Electra Theodorides-Bustle. “These new requirements reflect our continuing commitment to the integrity and security of this process and will help lead the way to a safer Florida.”

Beginning Jan. 1, 2010, all Florida residents wishing to obtain a new license, legally change their name prior to the renewal date, or immediately replace a lost or stolen license or ID card should visit an office with the required documents ready for processing. Those simply renewing may do so by a convenience method via the Internet or mail one time between office visits. The next renewal after the convenience option must be in a driver license or tax collector office. Residents may always update their address or obtain a replacement card online at

“We are working to produce the most secure identification document possible and by improving our issuance process we will ensure that the personal information of Floridians is safer from identity theft,” said Division of Driver License Director, Sandra Lambert.

Residents are encouraged to use not only to identify the documents they need, but also to find out when they will need to visit an office. As the changes may require some preparation, the Department encourages residents to visit the Web site to speed through the process in order to keep from having to make a second trip. For more information about the Gather. Go. Get. campaign, or to see a full list of required documents, visit