Active Duty Military

How can I renew, replace, or extend the expiration date of my Florida driver license if I am an active duty military Florida resident and I am stationed outside of Florida?

You may visit flhsmv.gov for assistance in replacing or renewing. You will be able to update your mailing address to ensure the delivery of your new driver license. In the event of needing an extension of the expiration date or if your require assistance replacing or renewing your Florida driver license you may contact DHMSV directly at (850) 617-2000.

Birth Certificates

I have heard the Escambia County Tax Collector’s office can issue Florida birth certificates. Is that true?

Yes, that is correct. In partnership with the Escambia County Health Department, our Marcus Pointe and Molino offices can provide copies of Florida birth records. The birth certificate can be obtained by either parent listed on the birth certificate or the registrant, if over 18. If you need to make any changes or amendments to your Florida birth certificate, you must contact the State Office of Vital Statistics in Jacksonville, Florida at (904) 359-6900, extension 9005.If you have any questions or need further information concerning birth certificates you may visit or contact the Escambia County Health Department, 1295 W. Fairfield Drive, Pensacola, Florida 32501 – (850) 595-6500.If we are able to assist you in obtaining the certified birth certificate, you…

Business Tax Receipts

How do I obtain a Sales Tax Number for my business?

Sales Tax is handled by the Florida Department of Revenue. Visit the Florida Department of Revenue website or call (850) 471-6970. The Florida Department of Revenue also has an office location in Escambia County:

Florida Department of Revenue
3670 North L St #C
Pensacola, FL 32505
Phone: (850) 471-6970

I am over 65 years of age, applied for and was granted the over-age exemption from the Business Tax Receipt but received a renewal notice. What should I do?

You are exempt from paying the Business Tax, but still require a Business Tax Receipt to operate your business. To validate the renewal at no fee, mail the notice back to the Escambia County Tax Collector with a copy of your driver license or identification card. An exempt receipt will be sent back to you in the mail.

Who qualifies for an exempt (no fee) Business Tax Receipt?

Escambia County residents who are age 65 or older or have a disability rating of 10% or higher. Please see additional qualifiers below.

To qualify for the over 65 exemption for Business Tax Receipt, you must:

  • be a resident of Escambia County,
  • show proof of age,
  • use your own capital, with no more than $1,000 invested in starting the business (affidavit required),
  • have no more than one employee or helper,
  • complete the Business Tax Receipt Application Form (PDF).

To qualify for an exemption based on disability, please bring proof of a disability rating of 10% or higher.

My business is a not-for-profit. Do I need a Business Tax Receipt?

Not-for-profit corporations are exempt from Escambia Business Tax Receipt requirements. Check your municipality regarding additional requirements.

What should I do if I go out of business, or close a business location?

Send notification of the closure of your business or business location, along with a copy of the business tax receipt to be inactivated, to: ectc@EscambiaTaxCollector.com

Or by mail to:

Escambia County Tax Collector
PO Box 1312
Pensacola, FL 32502-1312

If you advertise or conduct a “Going Out of Business/Fire Sale,” such that would reasonably cause the public to believe that upon disposal of the stock of goods, your business will cease operations, you must obtain a Going Out of Business/Fire Sale permit. Permits must be obtained for each location in which a sale will be held.

If I have a Business Tax Receipt from another county, can I perform work in Escambia County?

You must obtain an Escambia County Business Tax Receipt in order to do business in Escambia County, UNLESS the business falls under the Contractors category, is State-certified and has a Business Tax Receipt from your home county in Florida.

In these cases, you may do business across the State of Florida without obtaining the Business Tax Receipt. However, the City of Pensacola may require you to obtain the Business Tax Receipt to obtain permits.

If I have a Business Tax Receipt and move to a new location, change the business name or ownership, do I need a new Business Tax Receipt?

You must transfer your old Business Tax Receipt anytime you move to a new location, change your business name or change business ownership. The transfer fee is $3.00. There is no fee for a change in mailing address if a new business tax receipt is not requested.

A Business Tax Receipt may NOT be transferred to a new owner if the new owner is an individual professional. Any business wishing to transfer a Business Tax Receipt must complete a transfer affidavit, obtain all regulatory or required documents, and pay the transfer fee.

Can I renew my Business Tax Receipt online?

Most businesses can renew a Business Tax Receipt online. Online renewals are not available to businesses that are required to submit annual proof of eligibility. These payments must be submitted by mail or in person with a copy of the current certification.

Which one do I get first – the city license or the Escambia County Business Tax Receipt?

We recommend that you check with the City of Pensacola before attempting to obtain an Escambia County Business Tax Receipt, especially if the business is home-based. In the event your city denies your application due to zoning or inspection requirements, your Business Tax Receipt is non-refundable.

Why do I need both a city and county license?

The County Tax Receipt is required to do business in Escambia County. Because the business is under the city’s jurisdiction, it is also subject to the city’s ordinances and zoning requirements.

Is the County Business Tax Receipt all that I need to open a business?

Depending on the type of business or profession and the location of your business, you may need State, Professional and City Licenses. All businesses should check with their municipality before applying for an Escambia County Business Tax Receipt.

How much does a Business Tax Receipt cost?

Each Business Tax Receipt issued by the tax collector is $26.25. Initial applications processed from April 1 to June 30 are $13.13 and are valid until September 30 of that year.

Who needs an Escambia County Business Tax Receipt?

Any person doing business in Escambia County, even a one-person company or home-based business owner, needs an Escambia County Business Tax Receipt, unless you qualify for an exemption. You need one Business Tax Receipt for each location you are operating your business from, and one for each category of business you are conducting.

Commercial Driver License

How do I apply for and receive a Hazardous Materials Endorsement?

You must successfully complete the written test for the Hazardous Materials Endorsement. Once successfully completed, you have 30 days to complete fingerprinting and background check in the same office of successful written exam completion.NOTE: Once the Hazmat exam is over 30 days old, you must retake the written exam.Commercial Driver License with a hazmat endorsement is only valid for four years. In order to renew or maintain your hazardous materials endorsement, you must retake written exam and complete background check and fingerprinting. Processing of fingerprints and background check can take up to 60 days. You may track the progress of your application by visiting www.flhsmv.gov/hazmatNOTE: Hazmat fingerprinting and background check can only be completed at the Marcus Pointe Office. Fees:$81.25…

How do I complete the skills testing for my CDL?

After you have completed your written test requirements and obtained your DOT medical card, you may have your CDL permit issued. You must wait 14 days after the issuance of your permit to complete your skills testing. At this time, CDL permits are valid for 180 days from issuance. A maximum of 2 CDL permits can be issued to a customer without additional testing.

Approved Testing Providers can be located at flhsmv.gov/driver-licenses-id-cards/commercial-motor-vehicle-drivers/ through the commercial driver heading.

Who has to maintain a valid medical card?

Currently the state of Florida and the federal government requires the holder of a commercial driver license to self-certify in the category in which they medically qualify. You can find the categories in our CDL Medical Card Inter or Intra Category A thru D PDF.

NOTE: If you do not qualify for a medical exemption for the Department of Transportation medical card you must present a valid medical card each time you visit the Escambia County Tax Collector’s office. This includes the issuance of your permit for skills testing, replacements, and renewals.

How do I apply for a Commercial Driver License (CDL)?

Applicants for a CDL should consider this a professional driver license that will require additional testing beyond what is required for a Class E driver license. Currently offices in the Escambia County have extremely limited paper copies of the CDL handbook. You may locate a digital copy or request a book at www.flhsmv.gov.In order to obtain a Florida Commercial Driver License you must be a Florida resident with a Florida residential address. If you are unable to comply with the residency rules you must contact the state in which you are a resident.Class A CDL: Requires passing the written general knowledge, air brakes and combination exams.* Class B CDL: Requires passing the written general knowledge and air brakes exam,…

Concealed Weapon License

Will my license be printed onsite at the Tax Collector Office?

At this time, Florida residents whose renewals do not include name changes will be printed in the tax collector’s office. Original licenses, renewal licenses for out-of-state residents, and licenses for Florida residents who are providing documentation of a name change will be mailed by the Florida Department of Agriculture.

May I change my address at the Tax Collector Office?

To change the address associated with a Concealed Weapon License, use the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Change of Address Form.

Drivers License/ID Card

What should I do if I need special accommodations?

If you need special accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), please contact our office at ectc@escambiataxcollector.com or at (850) 438-6500 ext. 3252 with your request.

How do I apply for and receive a Hazardous Materials Endorsement?

You must successfully complete the written test for the Hazardous Materials Endorsement. Once successfully completed, you have 30 days to complete fingerprinting and background check in the same office of successful written exam completion.NOTE: Once the Hazmat exam is over 30 days old, you must retake the written exam.Commercial Driver License with a hazmat endorsement is only valid for four years. In order to renew or maintain your hazardous materials endorsement, you must retake written exam and complete background check and fingerprinting. Processing of fingerprints and background check can take up to 60 days. You may track the progress of your application by visiting www.flhsmv.gov/hazmatNOTE: Hazmat fingerprinting and background check can only be completed at the Marcus Pointe Office. Fees:$81.25…

How do I complete the skills testing for my CDL?

After you have completed your written test requirements and obtained your DOT medical card, you may have your CDL permit issued. You must wait 14 days after the issuance of your permit to complete your skills testing. At this time, CDL permits are valid for 180 days from issuance. A maximum of 2 CDL permits can be issued to a customer without additional testing.

Approved Testing Providers can be located at flhsmv.gov/driver-licenses-id-cards/commercial-motor-vehicle-drivers/ through the commercial driver heading.

Who has to maintain a valid medical card?

Currently the state of Florida and the federal government requires the holder of a commercial driver license to self-certify in the category in which they medically qualify. You can find the categories in our CDL Medical Card Inter or Intra Category A thru D PDF.

NOTE: If you do not qualify for a medical exemption for the Department of Transportation medical card you must present a valid medical card each time you visit the Escambia County Tax Collector’s office. This includes the issuance of your permit for skills testing, replacements, and renewals.

How do I apply for a Commercial Driver License (CDL)?

Applicants for a CDL should consider this a professional driver license that will require additional testing beyond what is required for a Class E driver license. Currently offices in the Escambia County have extremely limited paper copies of the CDL handbook. You may locate a digital copy or request a book at www.flhsmv.gov.In order to obtain a Florida Commercial Driver License you must be a Florida resident with a Florida residential address. If you are unable to comply with the residency rules you must contact the state in which you are a resident.Class A CDL: Requires passing the written general knowledge, air brakes and combination exams.* Class B CDL: Requires passing the written general knowledge and air brakes exam,…

I am a non-us citizen and I wish to obtain a Florida driver license or ID card. What do I need to bring?

All driver license and identification card applicants must present proof of lawful presence. A list of acceptable documents can be found in our Foreign National Real ID PDF.

If you currently hold a driver license from any other state or country, written and skills testing may be honored. Additional testing may be required. Please see issuing Escambia County Tax Collector’s office for further information.

NOTE: At this time, Non-US Citizen services are limited to Escambia County Florida residents ONLY.

How can I renew, replace, or extend the expiration date of my Florida driver license if I am an active duty military Florida resident and I am stationed outside of Florida?

You may visit flhsmv.gov for assistance in replacing or renewing. You will be able to update your mailing address to ensure the delivery of your new driver license. In the event of needing an extension of the expiration date or if your require assistance replacing or renewing your Florida driver license you may contact DHMSV directly at (850) 617-2000.

What if I am 100% Service-Connected Disabled?

You may present a 100% service connected disabled card or letterhead statement from Veterans Affairs indicating your permanent disability. This may waive your driver license or identification card issuance fees.

NOTE: You must have all paper documentation, electronic documentation is not accepted at this time.

What if I am a veteran?

If you are an honorably discharged US military veteran you may present proof of honorable discharge to have a veteran designation added to your Florida driver license or ID card. In addition to the license fees, a $1 endorsement fee will be assessed. Proof of honorable discharge can be a DD-214 or retired military ID card. If you are unable to locate your DD-214 you may visit archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records/ to request information on a duplicate DD-214.

What are the qualifications for a reduced fee ID card?

Some individuals may qualify for issuance of a reduced fee ID card with proof of enrollment in the Department of Children and Families’ Automated Community Connection to Economic Self Sufficiency (ACCESS) Florida Benefits Program.Documents accepted for a customer over the age of 18 can include a valid Access Card (with an expiration date) with customer’s name displayed on the front or benefits letter (with expiration dates) dated within the past 12 months. If the customer is under the age of 18 and qualifies under parent’s eligibility, the parent will need to be present with photo identification and benefits letter naming them as a dependent. The address displayed on the identification card will correspond with the address listed on the parent’s…

Can my child be issued a Florida identification card?

Yes, children five years or older may have an identification card issued. Children under the age of five can be issued an identification card if it is required for a handicap parking placard. You will need to present all documents required under the Real-ID act.

Can I have an ID card and a valid driver’s license at the same time?

No. Florida law requires the surrender of all licenses or identification cards in your possession to be issued a new driver license or identification card. Issuance of an ID card with a current valid driver license from any state will void or cancel the issuance of the driver license.

My driver license may be suspended. How can I check the status of my driver license?

You can complete an online driver license check by going to flhsmv.gov, clicking on the driver license or ID card tab and clicking on driver license & ID tracking. You will need to have your driver license number and will be required to answer a few security questions.

How can I have the motorcycle endorsement added to my Driver license?

First-time applicants will be required to complete a Motorcycle Safety Foundation approved course. A list of providers can be found on the Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles website. Once you have completed the course you will need to present the completion card as well as any other required Real ID documents if you’re not already compliant.

If you currently hold an out-of-state driver license that displays your motorcycle endorsement we may be able to reciprocate your endorsement. Alabama is currently the only state we do not reciprocate the motorcycle endorsement.

A motorcycle endorsement is $7.00 plus any applicable license fees.

For more information, please see the FHSMV Motorcycle Handbook.

What if my name has changed? How long do I have to change my driver license or identification card?

If you have legally changed your name you must first update your name with the Social Security Administration. After 24 to 48 hours you may visit our office for assistance.If you are currently Real ID compliant, you will need to provided your certified name change documents (marriage certificate, court order, etc.) and documentation of name change with the Social Security Administration to the Escambia County Tax Collector for the transaction.If you’re not Real ID compliant on your current driver license or identification card you will need to present all Real-ID documentation required to have it issued. This may require several documents to provide a continuous link between your birth name and current name. We are unable to accept church marriage certificates…

What if I have moved? How long do I have to make that change on my Florida driver license or identification card?

If you have relocated or changed your name you are allowed 30 days to change what is displayed on your driver license or identification card. If you are already Real ID compliant and changing your address, you will need to present two documents with your new residential address listed (deed, utility hook-up or mail you have received, etc). If you’re not Real ID compliant on your current driver license or identification card you will need to present all Real ID-required documentation to have your driver’s license or identification card issued.

I have heard the Escambia County Tax Collector’s office can issue Florida birth certificates. Is that true?

Yes, that is correct. In partnership with the Escambia County Health Department, our Marcus Pointe and Molino offices can provide copies of Florida birth records. The birth certificate can be obtained by either parent listed on the birth certificate or the registrant, if over 18. If you need to make any changes or amendments to your Florida birth certificate, you must contact the State Office of Vital Statistics in Jacksonville, Florida at (904) 359-6900, extension 9005.If you have any questions or need further information concerning birth certificates you may visit or contact the Escambia County Health Department, 1295 W. Fairfield Drive, Pensacola, Florida 32501 – (850) 595-6500.If we are able to assist you in obtaining the certified birth certificate, you…

What documents are required to obtain a Florida Driver license or identification card (original, replacement, and renewal)?

Proof of Identity Effective January 1, 2010, Florida law requires applicants for a driver license or identification card to present the following identification documents:A certified birth certificate, valid US Passport, US Passport Card, original Certificate of Naturalization, Certificate of Citizenship or Report of Birth AbroadNOTE: No photocopies or hospital certificates will be accepted!AND Name Change DocumentsEither a US Passport in current name OR all (marriage, divorce, adoption, legal name change, etc.), certified documents must be presented at the time of application (may require more than one and must show a continuous link from birth name to current legal name)NOTE: Church marriage documents are not acceptable. Divorce decree must link maiden name to be acceptable. In most cases…

First Time Driver

Non-Us Citizens

I am a non-us citizen and I wish to obtain a Florida driver license or ID card. What do I need to bring?

All driver license and identification card applicants must present proof of lawful presence. A list of acceptable documents can be found in our Foreign National Real ID PDF.

If you currently hold a driver license from any other state or country, written and skills testing may be honored. Additional testing may be required. Please see issuing Escambia County Tax Collector’s office for further information.

NOTE: At this time, Non-US Citizen services are limited to Escambia County Florida residents ONLY.

Property Tax

How do I change my address for property tax?

The Escambia County Property Appraiser is responsible for maintaining property record ownership, including address changes. To change the address associated with your property tax account, you can complete, sign and mail the Property Tax Change of Address Request form found here to Escambia County Property Appraiser, 221 Palafox Place, Suite 300, Pensacola, Florida 32502-5836.

Can I prepay next year’s property taxes

The earliest payment of 2018 property taxes authorized by Florida Statute is June 1, 2018 under the quarterly installment plan.

What is the definition of capping or assessment limitation on non-homestead properties?

Sections 193.1554 and 193.1555 limit the assessment increases for specified non-homestead real property to 10 percent each year. Property will be assessed at just value following an improvement, as defined by general law, and may be assessed at just value following a change of ownership or control as provided by general law. This limitation is repealed effective January 1, 2019, unless renewed by a vote of the electors in the general election held in 2018. This limitation does not apply to School District taxes and takes effect for the 2009 tax roll.

What is the tangible personal property exemption?

Section 196.183 authorizes an exemption from property taxes of $25,000 of assessed value of tangible personal property. Tangible property is defined as property used in a business. This provision applies to all taxes and takes effect for the 2008 tax roll. In order to qualify, a timely and accurate tangible personal property tax return must be filed with the property appraiser by April 1 of the assessment year.

What is portability?

Section 193.155 provides for the transfer of accumulated Save-Our-Homes benefits. Homestead property owners will be able to transfer their Save-Our-Homes benefit to a new homestead within one year and not more than two years after relinquishing their previous homestead.

If the new homestead is established on January 1, 2008, the previous homestead must have been relinquished in 2007. If the new homestead has a higher just value than the previous one, the accumulated benefit can be transferred; if the new homestead has a lower just value, the amount of benefit transferred will be reduced. The transferred benefit may not exceed $500,000. This provision applies to all taxes and takes effect for the 2008 tax roll.

What is the additional Homestead Exemption benefit?

Section 196.031(1) increases the Homestead Exemption by exempting the assessed value between $50,000 and $75,000. This exemption does not apply to School District taxes and takes effect for the 2008 tax roll.

What is an Amendment 1 exemption?

Amendment 1 was approved by the electors on January 29, 2008 and is now part of the Florida Statutes. It covered the measures detailed below.

  • Repeals obsolete language on the Homestead Exemption when it was less than $25,000 and did not apply uniformly to property taxes levied by all local governments.
  • Provides for Homestead Exemptions to be repealed if a future constitutional amendment provides for assessment of homesteads “at less than just value” rather than as currently provided “at a specified percentage” of just value.

What other exemptions are available?

Exemptions and special classifications in Escambia County:

  • Regular Homestead Exemption
  • Additional Homestead Exemption
  • Over 65 [Senior] Homestead Exemption
  • Widow/Widower Exemption
  • Medical Disability Exemption
  • Veteran Partial Disability Exemption
  • Total Disability Exemption
  • Veteran’s Total Disability Exemption
  • Veteran’s Discount
  • Military Homestead Exemption
  • Assessment Reduction for Living Quarters of Parents or Grandparents
  • Tangible Personal Property Exemption
  • Assessment Limitation on Non-homestead Properties
  • Save Our Homes
  • Portability of Save Our Homes Benefit
  • Wholly and Economic Development Exemption
  • Agricultural Classification

Contact the property appraiser for information on exemptions and eligibility requirements.

What is the Senior Homestead Exemption and who qualifies?

If you have the regular Homestead Exemption, are age 65 or older, and you meet certain income criteria, you may qualify for an additional Senior Homestead Exemption. For the County, this exemption is up to $50,000; for the City, the exemption amount is up to $25,000, depending on eligibility criteria and assessed value. This exemption applies only to county and/or city taxes. To determine qualification for this exemption, contact the property appraiser.

How can I apply for Homestead Exemption?

For more information on homestead exemption, please visit the Property Appraiser’s web site here.

U.S. Veterans

What if I am 100% Service-Connected Disabled?

You may present a 100% service connected disabled card or letterhead statement from Veterans Affairs indicating your permanent disability. This may waive your driver license or identification card issuance fees.

NOTE: You must have all paper documentation, electronic documentation is not accepted at this time.

What if I am a veteran?

If you are an honorably discharged US military veteran you may present proof of honorable discharge to have a veteran designation added to your Florida driver license or ID card. In addition to the license fees, a $1 endorsement fee will be assessed. Proof of honorable discharge can be a DD-214 or retired military ID card. If you are unable to locate your DD-214 you may visit archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records/ to request information on a duplicate DD-214.