Know Before You Go – Florida Driver License or Identification Card

Did you know that you can update the address on your driver license or identification card or replace a lost or stolen credential online? Click here to renew or replace online.

Please bring the following documents for issuance of a Florida Driver License or Identification Card:

  • Certified U.S. birth certificate or valid U.S. passport in current name
    • If customer’s name has changed since birth, we need certified proof of legal name change(s) (certified marriage certificate, certified court order, etc). Documents must link birth record to current name.
  • Social security card or acceptable proof of number
    • Social security name change must be made at least 24 hours prior to visiting our office
  • Two proofs of current Florida residential address (no post office box)
  • Previous license if not lost or destroyed
  • See section 10 of the Florida Driver Handbook for additional license requirements
  • Military members and veterans should present a copy of their DD-214, which shows their honorable discharge from active duty, to receive a veteran designation.

Please be aware the documents must be certified originals, photocopies of the documents cannot be acceptedHospital birth certificates are not considered a certified document and will not be accepted.

For an extensive list of accepted documents click here. Customers who do not have original or certified documents may need to plan for additional time and fees in order to obtain documents from the issuing authority. For information on help obtaining original or certified documents, click here.

Non-U.S. citizens must provide proof of lawful presence. Click here for additional information required to renew, replace, or apply for a Florida driver license or identification card.

During your transaction, you will be asked to provide emergency contact information that will allow law enforcement authorities nationwide to contact designated family or friends if an emergency arises. If you already have your driver license or identification card and would like to enter your emergency contact information now, click here.

If you plan on making application for voter registration when you get your license, you should know that Florida is a closed primary state. Only voters who are registered members of political parties may vote for respective party candidates or nominees for an office in a primary election, including a presidential preference primary election. Any voter application with party designation or party change must be done 29 days before an election.

Note: REAL ID-compliant cards have a gold star on them. Once a customer has a Real ID compliant credential, they will only need to provide documentation again if their information changes (e.g., name, residential address).

*Cash, check, debit and credit cards are accepted for these transactions. Please click here for our payment policy. Click here for the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles fee schedule. A $6.25 fee is added to all fees listed.

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