The Federal REAL-ID Act requires original or certified copies of certain documents to renew or obtain a driver license or state ID at our office, which include:

  1. Primary Identification (birth certificate or proof of legal presence); 
  2. Proof of Social Security Number; and
  3. Two Proofs of Residential Address.

Customers who are currently REAL-ID compliant, indicated by a star in the upper right-hand corner of the ID, do not need to provide REAL-ID documents again unless the customer needs to change their name or address (U.S. Citizens only).

For more information on the REAL-ID Act, visit the Department of Homeland Security.

What To Bring*

U.S. Citizens

U.S. citizens renewing, replacing or applying for a new driver license or ID card in person must submit the following documents before a REAL-ID compliant driver license or ID card can be issued. Please note that the name assigned to the Social Security Number (SSN) must match the name that will appear on the Florida driver license or ID card. Customers who have recently changed their name should update their records with the Social Security Administration before applying for a driver license or ID card.

Has Your Name Changed?

If you have legally changed your name by marriage or court order, you must submit an original or certified marriage certificate(s) or court order(s). Photocopies are not accepted unless certified by the issuing authority. You must show documentation that links your birth name to your current name.

1. Primary Identification

An original or certified copy of one of the following documents:

  • U.S. birth certificate (hospital certificates are not accepted);
  • Valid U.S. passport or passport card;
  • Consular Report of Birth Abroad;
  • Certificate of Naturalization, form N-550 or form N-570; or
  • Certificate of Citizenship, form N-560 or form N-561.

Notice to Puerto Rican Customers: Puerto Rican customers must present a birth certificate that was issued after July 1, 2010. Puerto Ricans may renew their license up to 90 days prior to their birth month. For more information, contact the Puerto Rican Federal Affairs Administration at (202) 778.0710 or call our Motorist Services Center at (407) 845.6200.

2. Proof of Social Security Number

An original of one of the following documents with complete name and SSN (copies are not accepted):

  • Social Security card (with the customer’s current name);
  • W-2 form;
  • Pay check/stub;
  • SSA-1099; or
  • Any 1099.

3. Two Proofs of Residential Address

Customers may not use their current driver license or ID card as proof of residential address. Customers must submit two different documents with their residential address (printouts or faxes of these documents are acceptable). Residential address documents include, but are not limited to:

  • Deed, mortgage, monthly mortgage statement or residential rental/lease agreement;
  • Florida voter registration card;
  • Florida vehicle registration or title;
  • Utility bill;
  • Selective service card;
  • Medical or health card with address listed;
  • Current homeowner or automobile insurance policy or bill;
  • Educational institution transcript forms for the current school year;
  • W-2 form or 1099 form;
  • Form DS2019, Certificate of Eligibility for Exchange Visitor (J-1) status;
  • Mail from financial institutions including checking, savings or investment account statements; or
  • Mail from federal, state, county or city government agencies.

Customers who do not have any of the above documents in their name may provide two proofs of residential address from a parent, step-parent, legal guardian or other person with whom they reside and a Certification of Address form.

Immigrants

Immigrants renewing, replacing or applying for a new driver license or ID card in person must submit the following documents before a REAL ID-compliant driver license or ID card can be issued. Please note that the name assigned to the Social Security Number (SSN) must match the name that will appear on the Florida driver license or ID card. Customers who have recently changed their name should update their records with the Social Security Administration before applying for a driver license or ID card.

Has Your Name Changed?

If you have legally changed your name by marriage or court order, you must submit an original or certified marriage certificate(s) or court order(s). Photocopies are not accepted unless certified by the issuing authority. You must show documentation that links your birth name to your current name.

1. Primary Identification

An original or certified copy of one of the following documents:

  • Valid alien registration receipt card (green card, form I-551);
  • I-551 stamp in passport or on I-94;
  • Immigration judge’s order, containing the customer’s A-number (admissions number),
    granting asylum;
  • I-797, containing the customer’s A-number, stating the customer has been granted asylum; or
  • I-797, or another form from the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), with the customer’s A-number, stating the customer’s application for refugee status is approved.

2. Proof of Social Security Number

An original of one of the following documents with complete name and SSN (copies are not accepted):

  • Social Security card (with the customer’s current name);
  • W-2 form;
  • Pay check/stub;
  • SSA-1099; or
  • Any 1099.

3. Two Proofs of Residential Address

Customers may not use their current driver license or ID card as proof of residential address. Customers must submit two different documents with their residential address (printouts or faxes of these documents are acceptable). Residential address documents include, but are not limited to:

  • Deed, mortgage, monthly mortgage statement or residential rental/lease agreement;
  • Florida voter registration card;
  • Florida vehicle registration or title;
  • Utility bill;
  • Selective service card;
  • Medical or health card with address listed;
  • Current homeowner or automobile insurance policy or bill;
  • Educational institution transcript forms for the current school year;
  • W-2 form or 1099 form;
  • Form DS2019, Certificate of Eligibility for Exchange Visitor (J-1) status;
  • Mail from financial institutions including checking, savings or investment account statements; or
  • Mail from federal, state, county or city government agencies.

Customers who do not have any of the above documents in their name may provide two proofs of residential address from a parent, step-parent, legal guardian or other person with whom they reside and a Certification of Address form.

Non-Immigrants

Non-Immigrants renewing, replacing or applying for a new driver license or ID card in person must submit the following documents before a REAL-ID compliant driver license or ID card can be issued. Please note that the name assigned to the Social Security Number (SSN) must match the name that will appear on the Florida driver license or ID card. Customers who have recently changed their name should update their records with the Social Security Administration before applying for a driver license or ID card.

Has Your Name Changed?

If you have legally changed your name by marriage or court order, you must submit an original or certified marriage certificate(s) or court order(s). Photocopies are not accepted unless certified by the issuing authority. You must show documentation that links your birth name to your current name.

1. Primary Identification

An original or certified copy of one of the following documents:

  • Valid employment authorization card issued by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) form I-688B or I-766;
  • Non-expired proof of non-immigrant classification provided by DHS form I-94 with required supporting attachment(s). If a customer is unsure of the required documentation, they should bring all United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) documentation with them.
    I-94s must be accompanied by a valid passport with a date of entry stamp. Certain classifications require additional documentation. Some examples are:

    • F-1 and M-1 classification must be accompanied by an I-20;
    • J-1 or J-2 designation must be accompanied by a DS2019;
    • Refugee, asylee and parolee classifications must be accompanied by additional documentation;
  • I-571 travel document/refugee travel permit;
  • I-512 parole letter accepted; or
  • Immigration judge’s order granting asylum or cancellation of removal.

Notice

  • Documents must be valid for more than 30 days from the date of issuance.
  • Non-U.S. citizens applying for an original driver license will be issued a 60-day temporary paper permit without a photo and a receipt. Non-U.S. citizens applying for an ID card will be issued a receipt. Upon identity and legal status verification, a driver license or ID card will be issued within 60 days and mailed to the address on the driver record. The driver license or ID card will be issued for the period of time specified on the USCIS document, up to a maximum of four years.
  • If lawful status or identification is not verified, a denial of issuance letter will be mailed to the customer.

2. Proof of Social Security Number

An original of one of the following documents with complete name and SSN (copies are not accepted):

  • Social Security card (with the customer’s current name);
  • W-2 form;
  • Pay check/stub;
  • SSA-1099; or
  • Any 1099.

3. Two Proofs of Residential Address

Customers may not use their current driver license or ID card as proof of residential address. Customers must submit two different documents with their residential address (printouts or faxes of these documents are acceptable). Residential address documents include, but are not limited to:

  • Deed, mortgage, monthly mortgage statement or residential rental/lease agreement;
  • Florida voter registration card;
  • Florida vehicle registration or title;
  • Utility bill;
  • Selective service card;
  • Medical or health card with address listed;
  • Current homeowner or automobile insurance policy or bill;
  • Educational institution transcript forms for the current school year;
  • W-2 form or 1099 form;
  • Form DS2019, Certificate of Eligibility for Exchange Visitor (J-1) status;
  • Mail from financial institutions including checking, savings or investment account statements; or
  • Mail from federal, state, county or city government agencies.

Customers who do not have any of the above documents in their name may provide two proofs of residential address from a parent, step-parent, legal guardian or other person with whom they reside and a Certification of Address form.

+ U.S. Citizens

U.S. Citizens

U.S. citizens renewing, replacing or applying for a new driver license or ID card in person must submit the following documents before a REAL-ID compliant driver license or ID card can be issued. Please note that the name assigned to the Social Security Number (SSN) must match the name that will appear on the Florida driver license or ID card. Customers who have recently changed their name should update their records with the Social Security Administration before applying for a driver license or ID card.

Has Your Name Changed?

If you have legally changed your name by marriage or court order, you must submit an original or certified marriage certificate(s) or court order(s). Photocopies are not accepted unless certified by the issuing authority. You must show documentation that links your birth name to your current name.

1. Primary Identification

An original or certified copy of one of the following documents:

  • U.S. birth certificate (hospital certificates are not accepted);
  • Valid U.S. passport or passport card;
  • Consular Report of Birth Abroad;
  • Certificate of Naturalization, form N-550 or form N-570; or
  • Certificate of Citizenship, form N-560 or form N-561.

Notice to Puerto Rican Customers: Puerto Rican customers must present a birth certificate that was issued after July 1, 2010. Puerto Ricans may renew their license up to 90 days prior to their birth month. For more information, contact the Puerto Rican Federal Affairs Administration at (202) 778.0710 or call our Motorist Services Center at (407) 845.6200.

2. Proof of Social Security Number

An original of one of the following documents with complete name and SSN (copies are not accepted):

  • Social Security card (with the customer’s current name);
  • W-2 form;
  • Pay check/stub;
  • SSA-1099; or
  • Any 1099.

3. Two Proofs of Residential Address

Customers may not use their current driver license or ID card as proof of residential address. Customers must submit two different documents with their residential address (printouts or faxes of these documents are acceptable). Residential address documents include, but are not limited to:

  • Deed, mortgage, monthly mortgage statement or residential rental/lease agreement;
  • Florida voter registration card;
  • Florida vehicle registration or title;
  • Utility bill;
  • Selective service card;
  • Medical or health card with address listed;
  • Current homeowner or automobile insurance policy or bill;
  • Educational institution transcript forms for the current school year;
  • W-2 form or 1099 form;
  • Form DS2019, Certificate of Eligibility for Exchange Visitor (J-1) status;
  • Mail from financial institutions including checking, savings or investment account statements; or
  • Mail from federal, state, county or city government agencies.

Customers who do not have any of the above documents in their name may provide two proofs of residential address from a parent, step-parent, legal guardian or other person with whom they reside and a Certification of Address form.

+ Immigrants

Immigrants

Immigrants renewing, replacing or applying for a new driver license or ID card in person must submit the following documents before a REAL ID-compliant driver license or ID card can be issued. Please note that the name assigned to the Social Security Number (SSN) must match the name that will appear on the Florida driver license or ID card. Customers who have recently changed their name should update their records with the Social Security Administration before applying for a driver license or ID card.

Has Your Name Changed?

If you have legally changed your name by marriage or court order, you must submit an original or certified marriage certificate(s) or court order(s). Photocopies are not accepted unless certified by the issuing authority. You must show documentation that links your birth name to your current name.

1. Primary Identification

An original or certified copy of one of the following documents:

  • Valid alien registration receipt card (green card, form I-551);
  • I-551 stamp in passport or on I-94;
  • Immigration judge’s order, containing the customer’s A-number (admissions number),
    granting asylum;
  • I-797, containing the customer’s A-number, stating the customer has been granted asylum; or
  • I-797, or another form from the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), with the customer’s A-number, stating the customer’s application for refugee status is approved.

2. Proof of Social Security Number

An original of one of the following documents with complete name and SSN (copies are not accepted):

  • Social Security card (with the customer’s current name);
  • W-2 form;
  • Pay check/stub;
  • SSA-1099; or
  • Any 1099.

3. Two Proofs of Residential Address

Customers may not use their current driver license or ID card as proof of residential address. Customers must submit two different documents with their residential address (printouts or faxes of these documents are acceptable). Residential address documents include, but are not limited to:

  • Deed, mortgage, monthly mortgage statement or residential rental/lease agreement;
  • Florida voter registration card;
  • Florida vehicle registration or title;
  • Utility bill;
  • Selective service card;
  • Medical or health card with address listed;
  • Current homeowner or automobile insurance policy or bill;
  • Educational institution transcript forms for the current school year;
  • W-2 form or 1099 form;
  • Form DS2019, Certificate of Eligibility for Exchange Visitor (J-1) status;
  • Mail from financial institutions including checking, savings or investment account statements; or
  • Mail from federal, state, county or city government agencies.

Customers who do not have any of the above documents in their name may provide two proofs of residential address from a parent, step-parent, legal guardian or other person with whom they reside and a Certification of Address form.

+ Non-Immigrants

Non-Immigrants

Non-Immigrants renewing, replacing or applying for a new driver license or ID card in person must submit the following documents before a REAL-ID compliant driver license or ID card can be issued. Please note that the name assigned to the Social Security Number (SSN) must match the name that will appear on the Florida driver license or ID card. Customers who have recently changed their name should update their records with the Social Security Administration before applying for a driver license or ID card.

Has Your Name Changed?

If you have legally changed your name by marriage or court order, you must submit an original or certified marriage certificate(s) or court order(s). Photocopies are not accepted unless certified by the issuing authority. You must show documentation that links your birth name to your current name.

1. Primary Identification

An original or certified copy of one of the following documents:

  • Valid employment authorization card issued by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) form I-688B or I-766;
  • Non-expired proof of non-immigrant classification provided by DHS form I-94 with required supporting attachment(s). If a customer is unsure of the required documentation, they should bring all United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) documentation with them.
    I-94s must be accompanied by a valid passport with a date of entry stamp. Certain classifications require additional documentation. Some examples are:

    • F-1 and M-1 classification must be accompanied by an I-20;
    • J-1 or J-2 designation must be accompanied by a DS2019;
    • Refugee, asylee and parolee classifications must be accompanied by additional documentation;
  • I-571 travel document/refugee travel permit;
  • I-512 parole letter accepted; or
  • Immigration judge’s order granting asylum or cancellation of removal.

Notice

  • Documents must be valid for more than 30 days from the date of issuance.
  • Non-U.S. citizens applying for an original driver license will be issued a 60-day temporary paper permit without a photo and a receipt. Non-U.S. citizens applying for an ID card will be issued a receipt. Upon identity and legal status verification, a driver license or ID card will be issued within 60 days and mailed to the address on the driver record. The driver license or ID card will be issued for the period of time specified on the USCIS document, up to a maximum of four years.
  • If lawful status or identification is not verified, a denial of issuance letter will be mailed to the customer.

2. Proof of Social Security Number

An original of one of the following documents with complete name and SSN (copies are not accepted):

  • Social Security card (with the customer’s current name);
  • W-2 form;
  • Pay check/stub;
  • SSA-1099; or
  • Any 1099.

3. Two Proofs of Residential Address

Customers may not use their current driver license or ID card as proof of residential address. Customers must submit two different documents with their residential address (printouts or faxes of these documents are acceptable). Residential address documents include, but are not limited to:

  • Deed, mortgage, monthly mortgage statement or residential rental/lease agreement;
  • Florida voter registration card;
  • Florida vehicle registration or title;
  • Utility bill;
  • Selective service card;
  • Medical or health card with address listed;
  • Current homeowner or automobile insurance policy or bill;
  • Educational institution transcript forms for the current school year;
  • W-2 form or 1099 form;
  • Form DS2019, Certificate of Eligibility for Exchange Visitor (J-1) status;
  • Mail from financial institutions including checking, savings or investment account statements; or
  • Mail from federal, state, county or city government agencies.

Customers who do not have any of the above documents in their name may provide two proofs of residential address from a parent, step-parent, legal guardian or other person with whom they reside and a Certification of Address form.

Information provided by the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. Updated January 2018.