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Florida Driver Handbook: License Renewal

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Florida Driver Handbook: License Renewal

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3. Obtaining Your License/ID Card

Driver licenses are valid for six to eight years. Expiration dates may vary for license renewals issued to non-immigrants. Your license may not be renewed if:

  • You are not qualified to receive a license.
  • You did not answer a summons which involved a traffic violation.
  • Your driver license is suspended, revoked or cancelled.
  • You do not present the required documentation.

3.3.1 - Renewal Issuance Requirements

  • Present your old driver license.
  • Pass a vision test.
  • If you have changed your address, you will need to provide two approved proof of address documents with your new address. See section 2.5 and section 3.8.
  • If your name has changed, you will need to provide approved documents establishing your new name. See section 3.9.

Primary identification, proof of social security number and two proofs of residential address are required if you have not been issued a Florida driver license or identification card in a field office since January 1, 2010. See section 2 for identification requirements, acceptable proof of social security and acceptable proof of residential address. Non-Immigrants may have additional requirements. See Non-Immigrant section 3.10.

3.3.2 - Renewal Options

If you are a U.S. citizen or immigrant, you can avoid the lines and renew your driver license by mail or via the internet on

  • The mail and internet convenience method can be used for non-commercial driver licenses. You are not eligible for renewal using a convenience method if;
  • Your previous renewal was by phone, mail or internet.
  • You hold a commercial driver license.
  • You are not a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
  • Your driving privilege is suspended, revoked or canceled and you want an ID card.


You may receive a mail-in renewal packet approximately 30 days prior to your license expiration. There are no additional fees for renewing by mail.


You can renew by internet at After your request is processed, you will receive a six or eight year license. Florida law requires that you destroy your old driver license after receiving the new license. Application for renewal received after the license expiration date requires a $15 late fee.

All drivers who are 80 years of age or older and who are in the process of renewing their driver license are required to pass a vision test. The test may be administered at the river license office at no additional charge or by your Florida licensed health care practitioner, such as your medical doctor, osteopath or optometrist. A vision examination report must be completed and submitted to DHSMV if your vision test is administered by your doctor. For your convenience, you can ask your health care practitioner to file the form electronically on the web Subsequent to it being filed electronically, you will then be able to renew via the internet, or mail.

Should you elect to have your vision tested at the local driver license office or Tax Collector licensing agent, please schedule an appointment so that we can serve you more efficiently. Upon passing the vision screening, you can complete the renewal process. However, if a problem is detected, you will be referred to your eye doctor for follow-up, prior to being able to renew.

3.3.3 - Military Renewal by Mail or Online

Members of the U.S. Armed Forces serving on active duty outside of Florida may renew their license by mail or online at Their spouses and children living with them may do the same. If your name changes while you are deployed or out of state, contact DHSMV at or call 850 617-2000. Provide your name as it appears on your license, the driver license number, your date of birth and out of state address and zip code. DHSMV will send you the appropriate renewal packet by return mail or email.

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