Important FLHSMV COVID-19 Updates
In response to COVID-19, the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV) is actively monitoring information from Centers for Disease Control and is working closely with the Florida Department of Health and other state partners. We are committed to keeping our customers, team members, and partners informed, equipped, and safe.
- FLHSMV Offices Reopening for Limited In-Office Services
Beginning June 3, 2020, the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV) will begin reopening offices to serve the public by appointment only. For a limited time, driver license and motor vehicle services will be limited to only those customers who are unable to conduct their transactions through GoRenew.com. The department’s strategic approach to reopening its offices prioritizes the health and safety of Floridians and FLHSMV members, while continuing to increase services for customers.
To ensure the safety of customers and staff, FLHSMV offices will provide in-office services by appointment only, until further notice. Appointments can be made online here.
To allow FLHSMV staff to operate safely and protect the health and wellbeing of customers, all FLHSMV offices will adhere to strict social distancing policies that every customer must follow in order to be served. Customers with appointments should note the following:
- Only customers with appointments will be allowed in the office.
- Customers will be asked a series of screening questions and have their temperature taken before they enter the office, per CDC guidelines. Customers with a fever will not be permitted to enter.
- Members of the public must use a facial covering, when obtaining essential services, which will be removed only for circumstances where capturing a photo of the customer is necessary.
We will continue to provide services online at GoRenew.com, by telephone and email.
- Emergency Order Extends Expiring Florida Driver Licenses, Waives Commercial Motor Vehicle Regulations
Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles Executive Director Terry L. Rhodes has issued an Emergency Order extending certain expiring Florida driver licenses, commercial driver licenses and identification cards and waives certain commercial motor vehicle regulations and requirements to aid the delivery of emergency supplies, equipment and resources.
The Executive Order, among other things, authorizes the following:
- Extends the effective period of driver licenses and identification cards with expiration dates on or after March 16, 2020, through April 15, 2020, for 60 days.
- Extends the effective period of driver licenses and identification cards with expiration dates on or after April 16, 2020, through May 31, 2020, for 30 days.
- Extends through June 30, 2020, the effective period of commercial driver licenses and commercial driver instructional permits with expiration dates on or after March 16, 2020.
- Waives through June 30, 2020, the requirements under section 322.59, Florida Statutes, that a person who holds a commercial driver license have a medical examination and certification, provided the commercial driver has proof of a valid medical certification that was issued for a period of 90 days or longer and that expired on or after March 1, 2020.
- Suspends through June 14, 2020, the enforcement of the registration requirements pursuant to sections 316.545(4) and 320.0715, Florida Statutes, for commercial motor vehicles that enter Florida to provide emergency services or supplies; transport emergency equipment, supplies, or personnel; or transport FEMA mobile homes or office style mobile homes into or from Florida.
- Suspends through June 14, 2020, the enforcement of the licensing and registration requirements under the International Fuel Tax Agreement pursuant to Chapter 207, Florida Statutes, and the International Registration Plan pursuant to section 320.0715, Florida Statutes, for motor carriers or drivers operating commercial motor vehicles that are properly registered in other jurisdictions and are participating in emergency relief efforts through the transportation of equipment and supplies or providing other assistance in the form of emergency services.
- Suspends through June 14, 2020, the enforcement of Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSA), Parts 390-399, except as otherwise restricted by current FMCSA declarations, for motor carriers and drivers providing direct assistance in support of relief efforts related to the COVID-19 outbreaks.
- Waives the delinquent renewal fees during the extension period for these actions.
In addition, FLHSMV is encouraging Floridians who are able to complete their driver license or motor vehicle transactions online to do so, rather than in person at a driver license office. Floridians can use GoRenew.com to driver license transactions, motor vehicle registration and more. For more information on services impacted in your county by COVID-19, please visit our office closures page.
- Checkpoints for Motorists Entering Florida on I-10 and I-95
At the direction of Governor Ron DeSantis, the Florida Highway Patrol is assisting the Florida Department of Transportation and the Florida Department of Health (DOH) with checkpoints for motorists entering Florida on I-10 and I-95. To assist the public, the Florida Department of Health has a COVID-19 Call Center to address questions regarding vehicle checkpoints.
Please call 1-866-779-6121 or email your questions to COVIDfirstname.lastname@example.org
- Federal REAL-ID Enforcement Deadline Extended
As directed by President Donald Trump, the Department of Homeland Security has extended the REAL ID enforcement deadline to October 1, 2021. While Florida continues to be a nationwide leader in REAL ID compliance, this extension will allow us to continue to protect the health of our employees and security of Floridians.