OUT-OF-STATE/OUT-OF-COUNTRY DRIVER LICENSE


Out-of-State Driver License

If you hold a driver license from another state, you will not be required to take written or driving skill exams.  Motorcycle endorsements may be carried forward from any state, except Alabama.  You cannot hold a license or ID in two states at once; obtaining a Florida driver license or ID card will cancel any other state issued license or ID.  Standard document requirements must be met for all applicants, even if you hold an out-of-state driver license.  Find more information on our document requirements page. Out-of-state CDL holders, please view our commercial driver license page for information on obtaining a CDL in the State of Florida.


Out-of-Country Driver License

If you hold a valid out-of-country license you are not required to obtain a Florida driver license unless you are becoming a permanent Florida resident.

All out-of-country drivers that possess an out-of-country license are exempt from completing the Traffic Law Substance Abuse Education course, however, not all written and driving skill exams are exempted.  Depending on the country you are from, you may be required to take written and driving skill exams.  See below for more information.  Standard document requirements must be met for all applicants, even if you hold an out-of-country license.  Find more information on our document requirements page.


Canadian Driver License

Canadian citizens have the option of retaining their Canadian driver license in addition to a Florida driver license.  However, if you choose to retain your Canadian driver license you must take and pass the written and driving skill exams.  If you choose to surrender your license, all exams will be exempted.  View our first time drivers page for more information on testing requirements.

The same process applies to Canadian CDL licenses.  No Hazmat endorsements are exempted.  View our commercial driver license page for more information on obtaining a CDL in the State of Florida.


Other Out-of-Country Licenses

If you hold a license from one of the following countries some exams are exempt.  If the country you are licensed in is not listed below all exams are required.

Germany – Driving skill and motorcycle exam requirements exempt
France – Driving skill, written and motorcycle exams requirements exempt
Republic of China (Taiwan) – Driving skill and written exam requirements exempt
Republic of Korea (South Korea) – Driving skill and written exam requirements exempt

If you need clarification on which exams would be necessary, please contact us online or call our office at 239.533.6000.