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 have 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.

Driver license gold star example

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. Please see the document requirements for each status below.

U.S. Citizen


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 (Not Handwritten)
  • 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
  • View more information and locations
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

Immigrants


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 (Not Handwritten)
  • 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

Canadian Citizens


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
  • Naturalization Certificate
  • Canadian Certificate of Citizenship
  • Original Social Security Card
  • W2 or 1099 (Not Handwritten)
  • 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.

Note: If you have impaired vision and legally require the use of glasses while driving, do not forget to bring your glasses for your appointment.