Florida Drivers License Requirements
Need to know the Florida drivers license requirements? Your Florida drivers license allows you to drive a specified vehicle almost anywhere in the Sunshine State. That being said, a drivers license isn't given away free of charge; it requires a lot of paperwork, experience and training prior to being obtained.
- You must be older than 18 years of age. Between the ages of fifteen and seventeen you obtain a learner's permit. A learner's permit is similar to a drivers license in that you can still drive a car, albeit with an adult. After a year of having a learner's permit, you can get a drivers license.
- You must possess a birth certificate. Only your original birth certificate or a certified copy will suffice for identification. This is only a requirement for United States citizens applying for a Florida drivers license.
- You should possess supporting identification. Only one piece of primary identification is needed for a drivers license in Florida. That being said, it's always good to have other pieces of ID such as a passport or certificate of citizenship. This suggestion is only for US citizens.
- You have to have proof of SSN. As a citizen of the United States (if you are one), it's non-negotiable that you have to establish proof of your social security number to the Florida DMV. A social security card will do the trick, as will a W-2 form or 1099.
- You need to have proof of residence. Proof of residential address is a must for all citizens of the United States applying for a Florida drivers license. A deed, voter registration card, selective service card, tax stub or vehicle registration title will suffice. You need two of these proofs to obtain a drivers license.
- You must have a letter from the SSA. The Social Security Administration will issue a letter to those who do not have a number (when asked, of course). This requirement only applies to applicants without a SSN.
- You need a green card. Obviously, this requirement is only applicable to immigrants. The green card (Alien Registration Receipt Card) provides proof of valid immigration into the United States.
- You need to have parole/travel documents on hand. If you are a parolee, you need to have your I-512 to get a drivers license. Refugees, similarly, need an I-571 Travel Document to apply for a drivers license in the state of Florida.
- You will need to have your Canadian passport. Canadian citizens need their passport with them when they go to apply. Additionally, a Certificate of Canadian Citizenship is also a necessity for the application process.
- You need you employment authorization card. An employment authorization card is issued by the Department of Homeland Security to all non-immigrants. This card (Form I688B) is necessary to apply for a drivers license.
There are a lot of things you need in order to apply for a drivers license in Florida. Of course, the majority of these requirements can usually be waived by citizenship status, age and/or naturalization.