DOCUMENT REQUIREMENTS


Every person who wishes to obtain a driver license or identification card in Florida is required to show specific documentation to prove their citizenship/immigration status and identity. Florida’s requirements follow federal regulations set forth by the Department of Homeland Security’s Real ID Act which was designed to improve security and help reduce identity fraud.


Am I Real ID Compliant?

If you’ve provided identification documents and have been issued a license out of an office anytime since January 1, 2010 you should already be Real ID compliant. The easiest way to check for Real ID compliance is to look at your most current driver license or identification card and see if you have a gold star located in the upper right corner next to the image of the state of Florida (see sample image). If you are already Real ID compliant it means you do not have to present any documents unless you are making a change to the information (name/address/immigration status) on your current card.

For additional information on Real ID compliance, please visit the FLHSMV’s Real ID Good to Know Facts page.


Not Real ID Compliant?

The documents required in addition to proof of address vary depending on current citizenship/immigration status.


U.S. Citizen

U.S. Citizen customers that are not Real ID compliant are required to bring certain identification documents to have a driver license or identification card issued. After supplying the necessary documents, an eight year license or ID will be issued (unless over 80 years of age).

U.S. Citizen Document Requirements
Primary Identification - BRING ONE Proof of Social Security Name Change - If name is different than primary identification
  • Original / Certified Birth Certificate
  • Valid U.S. Passport or Passport Card
  • Original Naturalization Certificate
  • Original Certificate of Citizenship
  • Original Consular Report of Birth Abroad
  • Original Social Security Card
  • W2 or 1099
  • Medicare Card
  • Letter from Social Security with full name and Social Security Number
  • Original / Certified Marriage certificate(s) linking to maiden name
  • Court Order
  • Divorce Decree (when granted)
  • Name must update with Social Security

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Address Requirements (for original issuance or address change)
  • Rental Agreement
  • Vehicle/Vessel Registration
  • Utility Bills
  • Bank Statements
Almost any post-marked mailing with your name and address will suffice
Must be two different forms
For more information view our U.S. Citizen Document Requirement Brochure

Additional Important Notes:

Proof of social security number cannot be a photocopy and may not be hand written.

Hospital birth certificates are not acceptable.

Church marriage certificates are not acceptable.

Birth certificates from Puerto Rico must be issued after July 1, 2010.

100% Service-connected Disabled Veteran’s may present a card or letter from the Veteran’s Administration stating 100% service connected total and permanent disability to receive a discounted license or identification card.

To receive the “V” Veteran designation you must be an honorably discharged US Veteran and provide a copy of your DD-214 or other approved document stating your discharge was “honorable”. A retired military ID card (DD Form 2) may be used if you do not have a copy of your DD-214. Unfortunately, we cannot accept VA cards.


Immigrants:

Immigrants are entitled to an eight year driver license or ID, same as US Citizens.

Immigrant Document Requirements
Primary Identification - BRING ONE Proof of Social Security Name Change - If name is different than primary identification
  • I-151 / I-551 / Permanent Resident Card
  • I-551 stamp in valid Passport or I-94
  • Immigration Judges Order (IJO) granting adjustment of status to permanent status
  • Original Social Security Card
  • W2 or 1099
  • Medicare Card
  • Letter from Social Security with full name and Social Security Number
The name that appears on the primary document is the name we must use for the driver license or identification card. In order to change your name on the driver license or identification card you must first change it on your permanent resident card.
Address Requirements (for original issuance or address change)
  • Rental Agreement
  • Vehicle/Vessel Registration
  • Utility Bills
  • Bank Statements
Almost any post-marked mailing with your name and address will suffice
Must be two different forms

Additional Important Notes:

Proof of social security number cannot be a photocopy and may not be hand written.

If the permanent resident card is expired, an application for renewal (I-90) can be accepted along with the expired card. Old resident cards without an expiration date can also be accepted.

Immigration Judges Orders may require additional documents to be accepted, please visit one of our local offices with all immigraion documentation for review and acceptance.


Canadian Citizens

Canadian Citizens are entitled to a one year driver license or ID.

Canadian Citizen Document Requirements
Primary Identification - BRING ONE Proof of Social Security Name Change - If name is different than primary identification
  • Canadian Birth Certificate
  • Valid Canadian Passport
  • Canadian Naturalization Certificate
  • Canadian Certificate of Citizenship
  • Original Social Security Card
  • W2 or 1099
  • Letter from Social Security with full name and Social Security Number

Proof of Social Security is not required if no Social Security number has been previously issued.

The name that appears on the primary document is the name we must use for the driver license or identification card. In order to change your name on the driver license or identification card you must first change it on your Canadian passport.
Address Requirements (for original issuance or address change)
  • Rental Agreement
  • Vehicle/Vessel Registration
  • Utility Bills
  • Bank Statements
Almost any post-marked mailing with your name and address will suffice
Must be two different forms

Non-Immigrants:

(Anyone who is not a US Citizen or Permanent Resident)
Non-Immigrants are entitled to a one year driver license or ID.
There are many possibilities for acceptable non-immigrant documents depending on each person’s situation and immigration status. Please visit one of our local offices with all immigration documentation for review and acceptance.

Proof of Social Security Number: Any non-immigrant who has been issued a US social security number is required to show proof.

Non-immigrants who have never been issued a US social security number are not required to provide proof. However, all customers who have been issued employment authorization cards are required to obtain and provide proof of a US social security number.

Proof of social security number cannot be a photocopy and may not be hand written.