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August 2, 2005 - Identification Requirements to Get a Drivers License

Getting your Florida learner permit or drivers license is a little tougher these days. That's because the state wants to make sure you are who you say you are. ID requirements are very specific and are being strictly enforced. Don't bother showing up at a Florida DMV office without the proper ID - you'll go home empty handed.

Teen Drivers

The biggest group of drivers that need identification are those getting their first drivers license. Typically this is teenagers but it also includes many adults. For teens the easiest approach is to bring your original or certified birth certificate and a copy of your social security card. If you do not have your social security card then print a copy of the Florida DMV parental consent form. The parent consent form must be notarized and will satisfy the secondary identification requirement.

Getting a Social Security Card Replacement

You can get a replacement Social Security Card by completing form SS-5. You can also get a copy of this form by calling 800-772-1213 or by visiting your local Social Security office. To get replacement your Social Security you must supply some identity documents listed on the Social Security website.

Florida DMV Requirements

The Florida DMV requires a primary and a secondary form of identification for anyone getting their first drivers license. Below is a list of acceptable ID for each for United States citizens.

Primary Identification

  • Original or certified United States birth certificate
  • Valid United States Passport
  • Certificate of Naturalization

Secondary Identificaiton

  • Social Security Card
  • Parent Consent Form
  • Marriage Certificate
  • Florida or out of state drivers license, valid or expired

If you are not a US citizen then there are a variety of documents you can use to identify yourself. The Florida Department of Motor Vehicles has a comprehensive list.

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