The Division of Motorist Services has driver license service centers located throughout the state. Depending on your location the office may offer services on a walk-in or appointment only basis. Drivers may also be eligible to renew or replace a driver license online at GoRenew.com.
Driver Licenses & ID Cards
Driver License Check
The Driver License Check system can be used to review the status of certain items connected to your driver license (e.g. driver status and driver improvement school eligibility) or to update your social security number or insurance information. Parents may also access the driving history of their child with this system.
Customers must renew their Florida driver license or ID card every eight years. The expiration date is listed on the credential. Florida driver license and ID card holders may renew their credential up to 18 months in advance of the expiration date. Click to learn more about renewing online or in an office.
There are several reasons why a driver license might be suspended or revoked and, depending on the circumstances, varying requirements for reinstatement. The Suspension and Revocations webpage offers detailed information about reinstating a driver license after being suspended or revoked due to unpaid traffic tickets, failure to comply or appear at a traffic summons, failure to complete a court-ordered driver improvement course, inadequate vision, being a habitual traffic offender, being delinquent in child support and more.
Starting in August 2017, the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles will begin issuing a new, more secure Florida driver license and ID card. The new credential provides Floridians the most secure over-the-counter credential on the market today.
The Federal REAL ID Act became effective nationwide on May 11, 2008. Florida began issuing REAL ID compliant credentials after January 1, 2010. Because Florida is a REAL ID compliant state, Florida driver licenses and ID cards are accepted nationwide as official identification for domestic air travel and access to military bases and most Federal facilities.
Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) laws allow young drivers to safely gain driving experience under lower-risk conditions before obtaining full driving privileges. These laws outline limits and restrictions for new drivers, ages 15, 16 and 17. Florida’s GDL laws are designed to help teens gradually and safely build their skills and experience behind the wheel. It is important for teens and their parents to understand these laws and obey them.