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New Florida Driver’s License Renewal Requirements
Last month I had the pleasure of renewing my driver's license. The process has changed greatly since I last renewed my license years ago. A new law requires the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV) to review your citizenship and legal status prior to the issuance and/or renewal of any driver licenses and identification cards. The new rules went into effect on January 1, 2010.
So you are not caught off guard when it is time to renew your license, you will need to observe the following rules and guidelines:
Proving your Identity
You must present an original or certified copy of your birth certificate issued by a governmental entity. The DHSMV will also accept a valid U.S. Passport or Passport Card. The DHSMV is requesting this information to verify your citizenship and your legal status in the United States.
Proving your Address
The address listed on your driver license must be proved like your identity and other information. The DHSMV requires two documents to prove your address. The proof of address can include utility bills, bank statements, mortgage statement, voter registration card and Florida issued vehicle registration.
Proving your Social Security Number
The DHSMV requires you to present your Social Security card issued by the Social Security Administration to verify your Social Security number. If you are unable to bring your Social Security card, you can bring a W-2 or paycheck that has your Social Security number listed.
Proving your Name
You must show proof of any name changes by marriage or as a result of a court order. The DHSMV is going to require a marriage license or order from a Judge changing your name to whatever name that you are seeking to use. The DHSMV will only accept a marriage license issued by a Clerk of Courts or other governmental entity. For example, if you have recently dissolved your marriage through a divorce, you will need to bring your divorce decree or final judgment showing that your former name has been restored if you are seeking a driver license.
For additional information, please contact the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles online at http://www.flhsmv.gov/html/dlnew.html. The DHSMV also has a helpful tool on its website that you can use to create a checklist to help you gather all of your personal information and documents for your driver's license renewal.