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Barbara Ford-Coates - Florida Tax Collector serving Sarasota County
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Document Requirements

Document Requirements for Driver's License and ID Card        
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 that when you come to our office to obtain, renew or replace a Florida driver’s license or ID card, you must bring original documents from 1, 2 and 3 below OR any of the documents listed on the Florida DMV's website. All documents will be returned to you and your current driver's license or ID card must be surrendered. Visit the Florida DMV's website for a complete listing of documents needed and other information related to obtaining your driver's license or ID card.

1. Identification

Bring One (originals only):  
If your current name is different than the name on your document below, see 1A.  
Limited exceptions may be available if born 1945 or prior; contact us for more details.

  • Certified U.S. birth certificate (hospital certificate not accepted)
  • U.S. passport (may be current or expired)
  • Certificate of naturalization
  • Consular report of birth abroad
  • Permanent Resident (Green) Card (1A. does not apply)
1A. Name change due to marriage or court order
  • Government issued or certified copy of EACH marriage certificate (church certificate may be acceptable for persons born 1945 or prior)
  • Court order(s) that show your name change(s) (copy not accepted)
2. Social Security Number with the same name as 1 or 1A above

Bring One (original only) must show complete number:

  • Social Security card
  • W-2 form or 1099
  • Medicare or Medicaid card with your Social Security number
  • Any government issued document showing name and complete Social Security number

If you cannot locate any of the documents, but know your complete number and it matches Social Security records, an affidavit will be provided for your completion.

3. Residential Address – not post office box

Bring Two (of 2 different sources):

  • Bank statement, mortgage statement
  • Rental agreement showing residential address
  • Florida vehicle or vessel registration or title
  • Utility bill/hookup order
  • Florida voter information card
  • W-2 form or 1099

Customers who do not have any of the above documents in their name may provide two proofs of residential address from a parent, step-parent, legal guardian or other person with whom they reside. In addition, a Certification of Address form must be completed.

Special Document Requirements
Veteran's Designation
  • DD214 showing honorable discharge        
    Note: reduced fee with VA proof of 100% service connected disability
Commercial Driver’s (CDL)
Where to find your documents
U.S. Birth Certificate

Florida: Sarasota County Health Department

  • 2200 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota,  941.861.2810
  • 4000 S. Tamiami Trl., Venice,  941.861.3528

All States:

Marriage Certificate

Issued in Sarasota County: Sarasota County Clerk of Court 941.861.7400,

  • 2000 Main St., Sarasota
  • 4004 S. Tamiami Trl., Venice

All States:

Social Security Card

Social Security Administration 800.772.1213

  • 2001 Siesta Dr., Sarasota
  • 1435 E. Venice Ave., Venice
Military Document - DD214
Where to get your driver's license or ID card
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