Beginning Jan. 1, 2010, new documentation requirements will take effect for Florida residents wishing to obtain a driver license or identification card. These changes are part of Florida's efforts to ensure compliance with the provisions of the Federal Real ID Act.
On Dec. 18, 2009, the Department of Homeland Security extended the time frame for all states to begin issuing Real ID compliant driver licenses and identification cards. Despite this extension, Florida will continue its efforts to provide the most secure credentials and issuance processes possible, benefitting both our citizens as well as law enforcement agencies. The decision by DHS will have no impact on Florida's planned improvements.
NEW DRIVER LICENSE AND ID REQUIREMENTS TAKE EFFECT JAN. 1, 2010
Documents Now Required When You Come to a Driver License Office:
Proof of Identity (Click here for more information); two forms of proof of residential address; and one form of proof of social security number from the lists below.
Note: This is a fluid list and regular updates to the items that comprise it may occur.
- Deed, mortgage, monthly mortgage statement, mortgage payment booklet or residential rental/lease agreement
- Florida Voter Registration Card
- Florida Vehicle Registration or Title
- Florida Boat Registration or Title
- Statements (Certification of Address Form)
- Customers with one proof of residential address may self-certify using the Certification of Address form as the second proof of residential address document
- Customers who reside with someone can self-certify using the Certification of Address form and one proof of residential address in the person’s name with whom they reside
- A utility hook up or work order
- Automobile Payment Booklet
- Selective Service Card
- Medical or health card
- Medical bill
- Homeowner's insurance policy or bill
- Automobile insurance policy or bill
- Educational institution transcript forms
- Professional license issued by a government agency in the U.S.
- W-2 form or 1099 form
- Form DS2019, Certificate of Eligibility for Exchange Visitor (J-1) status
- A letter from a homeless shelter, transitional service provider, or a half-way house verifying that the customer resides at the shelter address
- Utility bills
- Mail from financial institutions; including checking, savings, credit card statements or investment account statements
- Mail from Federal, State, County or City government agencies (including city and county agencies)
- Personal mail that does not list the recipient as “occupant”. Example: Magazines, journals, etc.
- Transients - Sexual Offender/Predator/Career Offender:
- FDLE Registration form completed by local sheriff's department
- Certification of Address form
- Social Security card
- W-2 form
- Pay check
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