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Before you can apply for your Florida driver's license, you have to know what the licensing requirements are. This page provides the information you need to continue!

Checklist: Florida Drivers License Documents

To Comply with the REAL ID Act of 2005, Florida began issuing REAL ID compliant driver's licenses and ID cards on January 1, 2010. The new licenses and IDs have a gold star in the upper left hand corner as shown in the example below: After the 2014 and 2017 dates, Federal agencies will no longer accept a driver license or ID card unless it is Real ID compliant. This means you will not be allowed to board commercial flights or enter federal facilities unless you have a REAL ID compliant document.

In order to comply with the requirements of the REAL ID Act, anyone who applies for a license in person must bring documents to show proof of identity, social security number, legal residence, place and date of birth. Note: You must provide at least two documents to show proof of residence.

For U.S. Citizens:

  • Valid, unexpired U.S. passport
  • Original or Certified copy of a birth certificate
  • Consular report of birth abroad
  • Certificate of Naturalization issued by DHS
  • Certificate of citizenship

For Non-Citizens:

  • Valid, unexpired Permanent Resident Card - I-551 for Lawful Permanent Residents
  • Valid Passport for non-immigrants except for asylum applicants and refugees
  • Other government issued document showing your full name
  • Department of Homeland Security document showing proof of lawful presence
  • If your name has changed by marriage / divorce, you must have your name changed on your Citizen and Immigration Services (CIS) documents.

Both Citizens and Non-Citzens will need to bring:

  • Proof of social security number, if issued, includes one of the following:
  • Social Security card (must be an original in your current full name)
  • W-2 form (not handwritten)
  • SSA-1099
  • Documentation from the IRS containing your social security number
  • Paycheck stub
  • Any 1099 (not handwritten)
  • 2 Proofs of Residential Address (A current license or ID cannot be used as proof of residence)
  • Deed, 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 (if living on a boat/houseboat)
  • A statement from a parent, step-parent or legal guardian of an applicant. The parent or guardian must reside at the same residence address, accompany the applicant and present "Proof of Residence Address"
  • A utility hook up or work order dated within 60 days of the application
  • Automobile Payment Booklet
  • Selective Service Card
  • Medical or health card with address listed
  • Current homeowner's insurance policy or bill
  • Current automobile insurance policy or bill
  • Educational institution transcript forms for the current school year
  • Unexpired 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, not more than two months old
  • Mail from financial institutions; including checking, savings, or investment account statements, not more than two months old
  • Mail from Federal, State, County or City government agencies (including city and county agencies)
  • Transients - Sexual Offender/Predator/Career Offender - FDLE Registration form completed by local sheriff's department

For cases where the current name and the name on the primary identity document are different, you should also bring:

  • Court ordered name change document
  • Marriage certificate, issued by the courts
  • Divorce decree, issued by the courts

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