What is this new Driver License / Identification Card law about?
Additional proof of identity documents are now required by the "Real ID" Act, passed by the United States Congress in 2005 as a result of the terrorist acts of September 11, 2001.
Florida implemented the law January 1, 2010.
The new "secure identity" driver license is identified by a gold star in the upper right corner.
How do I know what documents to bring?
Click here for a list of documents you will need to bring to renew or obtain a Driver License or Florida ID card.
Can I bring copies of the required documents?
No. For office visits, original documents (some must be certified by a governmental agency) must be submitted.
Can I postpone complying with the new law?
Most Florida residents are allowed to renew their driver license by mail or by Internet once and receive a "standard" Driver License. The next renewal must be in person, at which time the required documents must be provided.
However, the "standard" Driver License is subject to future restrictions.
What payment options do you offer?
Mail: Pay by check.
Internet: Pay online by VISA, MasterCard, Discover, American Express; or E-Check.
In person: Pay at any of our four offices by cash, check, VISA, MasterCard, Discover or American Express.
A vendor fee is charged by our third party provider for credit / debit card and E-Check transactions. Our office does not charge, collect or retain any portion of this fee.
Why am I charged a fee to use my credit or debit card at your office?
Credit card vendors charge private businesses and governmental agencies a fee on each transaction processed with a credit or debit card.
While private businesses can increase the price of their merchandise to recover this additional cost, governmental agencies cannot. Consequently, we must reflect the vendor fee separately.
The credit / debit fee is authorized by Florida Statute 215.322 and is paid to the credit card vendor; none of it is retained by our office.