Driver Licenses & ID Cards

Florida’s NEW Driver License and ID Card

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Starting in August 2017, the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles began issuing a new, more secure Florida driver license and ID card. By December 2017, the new credential became available at all service centers throughout Florida and online.

Beginning May 2019, the department began issuing modified credentials removing the magnetic strip on the back of the card, adding a tactile security feature to the front and changing some of the data layout.

The modified credential continues to provide Floridians the most secure over-the-counter credential on the market today.

Previous driver license and ID cards will still be in use alongside the new credential until replaced or phased out.

Please review the service center implementation timeline to find out when the modified credential will be available locally.

The Look

Issue dates: August 2017 – August 2019

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Issue dates: May 2019 – Present

 

 

Florida’s driver license and ID card is uniquely Florida! The card front incorporates a pastel-colored linear rendering of the Florida state seal and a large orange “FL” over a stark white base. On the card back, an image of the state of Florida rests among ocean waves and the year 1845 is displayed, referring to the year Florida became the 27th state in the Union.

Photograph images will now be printed with a transparent background and appear in four locations on the credential.

Fraud Protection

FLHSMV is committed to ensuring Florida’s credential remains secure. The new credential design incorporates nearly double the fraud protection measures compared to the previous design, including redundant data, ultraviolet (UV) ink and optically variable features. The 2019 modifications included the addition of a tactile security feature.

 

Designated Header Colors

Credentials are issued with designated header colors that denote the type of license the customer holds. Credentials held by customers under 21 years of age will display a red box on the card front that indicates the date until which the customer will be under 21.

new driver license designated header colors

Designations

The credential incorporates designations for lifetime sportsman’s, boater, freshwater, saltwater and hunting licenses, as well as designations for Veteran, organ donor, deaf/hard of hearing and developmentally disabled.

Issue dates: August 2017 – August 2019

new driver license designations
Designation
Symbol
Description
Deaf/Hard of Hearingdeaf hard of hearingDesignation showing that the cardholder is deaf or hard of hearing
Developmentally Disableddevelopmentally disabledDesignation showing that an ID cardholder is developmentally disabled
FWC Lifetime Boaterlifetime boaterLifetime Boater Safety endorsement from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC)
FWC Lifetime Freshwaterlifetime freshwater Lifetime FWC Freshwater Fishing License
FWC Lifetime Huntingfwc lifetime huntingLifetime FWC hunting license
FWC Lifetime Saltwaterlifetime saltwaterLifetime FWC Saltwater Fishing License
FWC Lifetime Sportsman’sfwc lifetime sportsmanLifetime FWC Sportsman's License
Insulin DependentINSULIN DEPDesignation showing that the cardholder is insulin dependent
Organ Donororgan donarDesignation showing that the cardholder wishes to be an organ donor
VeteranveteranDesignation showing that the cardholder is a veteran of the United States Armed Forces

Please click here for information on fees associated with adding designations.

Getting Your New Card

Individuals are only required to replace their current driver license or ID card if their current credential has reached its expiration or a required change is needed, such as a name or address change.

IN PERSON:

Beginning May 2019, the modified credential will be offered at select service centers, with additional service centers each month. The new credential will be available at all service centers by the end of August 2019.

Please review the service center implementation timeline to find out when the modified credential will be available locally.

ONLINE:

The modified credential will be available for online renewals at GoRenew.com by the end of August 2019.

Other Notable Items

Motorcycle Endorsements:

Issue dates: August 2017 – August 2019

new driver license motorcycle endorsement

Motorcycle endorsements are not spelled out on the front of Florida driver licenses. Motorcycle-also and motorcycle-only endorsements are designated by an “A” or “O” in the endorsement field located on the front of the card and are also indicated by a “A-MTRCL Also” or “O-MTRCL Only” on the back of the card.

Sexual Predator/Offender Identifiers:

Issue dates: August 2017 – August 2019

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The Florida driver license and ID card allows for the identification of sexual predators and sexual offenders with a blue identifier on the bottom right of the front of the card. Sexual predators will have “Sexual Predator” spelled out on the card, while sexual offenders have “943.0435, F.S.” listed in this area.

AAMVA Mandatory Data Element Numbers:

Issue dates: August 2017 – August 2019

new driver license aamva numbers

The Florida driver license and ID card display small numbers next to each data field (i.e. name, expiration date, sex, height). The inclusion of these numbers is required by the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators’ driver license and ID card design standard and has been adopted by many states.

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