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Some Frequently Asked Questions about the New Requirements

I understand that we are now required to provide a residence address. I currently have a P.O. Box on my license. When does it need to be changed?

Your residential address will be added to your card the next time it is replaced. Previously we printed the mailing address on your driver license/ID Card. The law now requires we print the physical residence address on the driver license or ID Card. Also, you have to provide proof of the residence address. Examples of the types of proof required are available when you create your own document checklist.

I don't have a Social Security Number, can I still get a license?

If you do not have a social security number, you must bring a letter from the Social Security Administration indicating that you were never issued one. In addition, you will need to present at least one proof of ID from the following list.

What new information will be included on the new credentials?

The physical changes on the new card involve printing of the customer’s residential address, expanding the name to accommodate additional characters, and adding a security marking to help TSA agents identify it meets federal requirements. These changes will not significantly change the card’s current appearance.

If I will no longer be able to use my out-of-state license as a primary identification document, what can I provide?

For a complete list of acceptable documents, create your own document checklist now.

I recently got married/divorced and moved to Florida. What documentation do I need to provide in order to change my name on my new Florida driver license or ID card?

If you have legally changed your name by marriage or court order, you must submit the original or a certified copy of your marriage certificate(s) or court order(s). No photocopies will be accepted unless certified by the issuing authority. You must show documentation of all name changes. If you are a non-U.S. citizen, additional documentation is needed, which you can find under Non-Citizen Documents on our website.

In addition to the information you must provide to change your name, be advised that you will also need to provide primary identification documentation. Out-of-state driver licenses will no longer be accepted as primary identification. Please refer to the previous question for a list of accepted primary identification documents.

If my primary identification document has expired, will it be acceptable for proof of legal presence?

No. All passports, permanent resident cards and employment authorization cards presented as proof of identification or legal presence must be valid. Expired documents will not be accepted.

Since the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles will no longer accept out-of-state driver licenses or IDs as primary identification, will I have to retake the driving test or written test to get a Florida Driver License?

No. Although we do not accept out-of-state licenses or ID as primary identification, we will accept them to reciprocate for driver license exams. You will not be required to take the exams again, unless special conditions prevail, for example if the driver demonstrates something that indicates they may not be able to safely drive a vehicle.

Every person who visits a driver license office to renew will have to take the vision test; other testing may be applicable based on the driver demonstrating something that indicates they may not be able to safely drive a vehicle.

Will I have to take the written or driving test to renew my license?

Every person who visits a driver license office to renew will have to take the vision test; other testing may be applicable based on the driver demonstrating something that indicates they may not be able to safely drive a vehicle.

I am not ready to get my new card that meets the federal standards. How long can I use my current Florida driver license or ID card for official purposes?

For those born after December 1, 1964 the date is December 1, 2014. For everyone else, your valid legacy card will be acceptable for boarding commercial flights and entering federal buildings until December 1, 2017.

What does “for official purpose” mean?

Official purpose includes the boarding of commercial flights and access to federal facilities.

If I am a U.S. Citizen or an Immigrant with Permanent legal presence and renew my Class E license, what is the cost and how long will the license be valid?

Florida Class E (non-commercial) driver licenses will be valid for eight years, and the renewal fee is $48.

If I am a non-immigrant with legal presence and renew my Class E license, how long will the license be valid and what is the cost?

Driver licenses and identification cards for non-immigrant customers with legal presence will be issued in accordance with the amount of time approved by BCIS, not to exceed one year. Non-immigrant customers are required to submit a Social Security card, if a card has been issued. The cost is $48 to renew a Class E license or $75.00 for a CDL renewal. The word “TEMPORARY” will appear in the front, right lower margin of the license.

I have a Class E license with a motorcycle endorsement that is due for renewal, what will be the cost?

The renewal fee is $48 plus $7 for the motorcycle endorsement.

I am under 80 years of age and will renew my Class E license with a Safe Driver designation. How long will my license be valid?

The license will be valid for a period of eight years.

I am 80 years old or older and will renew my license. How long will my license be valid?

The license will be valid for a period of six years.

What is the fee for an identification card for a child, age five through 14, and how long will the identification card be valid?

All identification cards are $25. Children age five through 14 are eligible for an ID card, and it is valid for four years.

I would like to surrender my Florida Class E Learners license and obtain an identification card. What is the cost, and how long will the ID card be valid?

The identification card will cost $25 and since you are 15 years old or older, the identification card will be valid for eight years.

If I hold a CDL license and receive a DUI conviction in my personal vehicle and my license was revoked for six months and I have waited my time out, can I then obtain my CDL license again?

If the DUI conviction while driving a personal vehicle is prior to October 1, 2008, you can obtain a CDL after you have waited the time. However, CDL holders who receive a DUI conviction on or after October 1, 2008, even while driving a personal vehicle, will be disqualified from operating a commercial motor vehicle for one year for the first offense, and permanently disqualified for the second offense.

How many times may I elect to attend traffic school to keep points from appearing on my driving record?

A person will be allowed to elect the school option to avoid points one time in a 12-month period and no more than five times in a 10-year period.

Why the changes?

The changes strengthen our ability to verify an applicant’s identity and legal presence as we continue to protect our citizens and visitors while improving domestic security.

What happens to the documents I provide to prove my identity?

After the documents are scanned into record, they will be returned to you. The scanned documents are stored on a secure database and are for official purposes only. They are not released to agencies outside the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles.

I plan to use my unexpired U.S. Passport as my primary identification document. It has my current married name on it. Do I also need to bring a copy of my marriage license?

If you present a valid, unexpired U.S. Passport that reflects your current name; you are not required to provide your marriage license.

I am 62 years old and have been married three times. My last marriage license has my maiden name and my current name listed on it. Do I need to present the marriage licenses from my first two marriages?

If your birth name and current name are both reflected on your last marriage license, you are not required to produce any of the previous licenses. Remember the same is true if you have a valid unexpired U.S. Passport with your current name on it; you do not need to provide your marriage license to the Department.