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Driver's License Overview

Florida Licenses
Most Floridians have a Class E - Operator’s License. For detailed information on each kind of license issued in Florida, click License/ID Card from the menu on the right.

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Real ID Documents Required
In compliance with the federal Real ID law, in 2010 Florida was one of the first states to begin issuing Real ID compliant driver's licenses and identification cards. This means you must have specific documentation when renewing, replacing or obtaining a driver's license or identification card. You are required to bring original documents that confirm you are in this country legally, prove your identity, confirm your social security number and your residential address. A list of the most common documents can be found at document requirements. We recommend that you create a personal checklist at www.GatherGoGet.com so that you can Gather all the documents you need, before you Go to Get your driver’s license.

Renewal Options
You may renew online or by mail IF you renewed in person last time and you are under 80 years old. If 80 or older, you must RENEW IN PERSON and take a vision test.

The following requires a visit to one of our Service Centers with your required documents:

  • If you are applying for your first driver's license or identification card
  • If your current card is expired and you have already used the one-time online renewal option
  • If you have changed your name since your last renewal (eg: marriage or divorce)

Reporting an Unsafe Driver
If you are worried about the driving ability of someone, you can report them. A Medical Reporting Form may be used to report these concerns by the general public, medical professional or law enforcement officer. These reports are confidential and used only to determine the qualifications of the individual to operate a motor vehicle on Florida's highways. No civil or criminal action may be brought against any physician, person or agency for providing this information.