Florida’s NEW Driver License and ID Card

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  • Why is Florida producing new driver licenses and ID cards?

    Florida last updated its driver license and ID card in 2003. Florida’s new credential uses the latest technology to safeguard your personal information and provide Floridians with the most secure over-the-counter credential on the market today. The department will continue to research and employ modifications to driver licenses and ID cards to keep Florida’s credentials secure.

  • What are some of the features of the new card?

    The new credential design has a completely new look and feel and incorporates nearly double the fraud protection measures compared to the previous design, including redundant data, ultraviolet (UV) ink and optically variable features.

    In addition, the new design 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.

    The 2019 modifications to the credential include removing the magnetic strip from the back of the card, adding a tactile security feature to the front and changing some of the data layout.

  • When did Florida begin issuing the new driver license and ID card?

    Starting in August 2017, the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles began issuing the new credential. By the end of December 2017, the new credential became available at all service centers throughout Florida and online.

    Starting May 2019, the department began issuing the modified credential with a tactile security feature and without the magnetic strip. By August 2019, the modified credential will be available at all service centers throughout Florida and online. Click here for the implementation schedule for the modified driver license and ID card.

  • Does this change the way I obtain a Florida driver license or ID card?

    No. To obtain a new Florida driver license or ID card, please see our information on What To Bring. Click here for a list of local service centers. Visit GoRenew.com to renew your credential online.

  • Can I obtain my new credential over-the-counter at a service center?

    Yes.  New credentials are available at all locations. Visit FLHSMV.gov/locations to find an office near you and make an appointment.

    The modified credential will be available at select locations starting May 2019 and will be available August at all locations and online by the end of August 2019. To see when the modified credential will be available in your area, view the implementation schedule here.

  • Will I have to pay more for my Florida driver license or ID card?

    No. There is no change to the cost of a credential for customers. For a list of fees, visit FLHSMV.gov/fees.

  • Can I still renew my Florida driver license or ID card online?

    Yes. You may renew your Florida driver license or ID card online at GoRenew.com. However, the newly-designed credential will only be available online after December 2017. Customers who renew their credential online prior to December 2017 will receive the previous design.

    When renewing online, remember to keep your old card and receipt until your new credential arrives in the mail within 7-10 business days.

    Customers who are not REAL ID compliant should not renew online. They are encouraged to go into an office to receive a gold star on their credential prior to October 1, 2020. For more information, please visit FLHSMV.gov/REALID.

  • My current credential is valid for a few more months/years. Do I need to do anything now?

    If you are currently REAL ID compliant, no. Individuals are not required to replace their current driver license or ID card during this time, unless their current credential has reached its expiration or a required change is needed, such as a name or address change.

    Customers who are not REAL ID compliant should not renew online. They are encouraged to go into an office to receive a gold star on their credential prior to October 1, 2020. For more information, please visit FLHSMV.gov/REALID.

  • Does Florida’s new driver license and ID card meet federal requirements?

    Yes. The new credential conforms to federal REAL ID security standards and can be used as your official identification for domestic air travel and access to federal facilities.

  • Can I obtain the new or modified credential before my existing one expires?

    Yes. However, a replacement fee and other applicable fees may apply.

    If you wish to add one of the new designations, you may visit a local service center to obtain the newly-designed credential with certain fees waived.