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What to Bring

REAL ID Driver's Licenses & State ID Cards

The Federal REAL ID Act, which set new security standards for the issuance of driver's licenses and state ID cards, took effect nationwide in 2008. Florida began implementing REAL ID in 2010 and nearly 90% of Orange County drivers have a REAL ID compliant driver's license.

Beginning October 1, 2021, every state resident will need to have a REAL ID compliant driver's license or ID in order to fly domestically and access federal facilities.

How Do I Know if I Have a REAL ID?

Driver's License example

REAL ID compliance is indicated by a star on the upper right-hand corner of your Florida driver's license or ID.

I Have a Star

If your Florida driver's license or ID has the star, that means you've already met the document requirements, and you won't need to show your REAL ID documents again to renew or replace your driver's license unless you need to change your name (U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents).

I Don't Have a Star or I Don't Currently Have a Florida Driver's License or ID

(See What to Bring Below)

If your Florida driver's license or ID is not REAL ID compliant, or if you are obtaining your Florida driver's license or ID for the first time, you must bring certain documents that validate your identity, Social Security Number (SSN) and residential address.

For most customers, those documents are 1) your birth certificate or passport and 2) your social security card and 3) two proofs of Orange County residential address.

What to Bring

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I Need To

Get My Florida Learner's License

You must bring documents that validate your identity, Social Security Number (SSN) and Orange County residential address. For most customers, those documents are 1) your birth certificate or passport and 2) your social security card and 3) two proofs of Orange County residential address from a parent or guardian.

Click on each document category below to see the acceptable forms of documentation

U.S. Citizens & Permanent Residents

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
  • 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

Immigrants

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
  • 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

Nonimmigrants

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 nonimmigrant 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; and Refugee, asylee and parolee classifications must be accompanied by additional documentation
  • I-571 travel document/refugee travel permit
  • I-512 parole letter accepted
  • Immigration judge’s order granting asylum or cancellation of removal

Notice

Please be advised: 

  • 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.

Social Security card (copies are not accepted)

Option 1

Provide two documents from a parent, step-parent or legal guardian from the list below and a Parental Consent form the person whose name is on the residential address documents. The individual whose name is on the documents and Parental Consent form must appear with you in person and sign the form in the presence of our personnel or they may sign the form in the presence of a notary public.

Option 2

Provide two documents from a parent, step-parent, legal guardian or other person with whom you reside from the list below and document(s) demonstrating family relationship, such as a birth certificate, marriage certificate, military dependent identification card and adoption record.

Option 3

If you're unable to provide documents to establish family relationship, you may provide two documents from a parent, step-parent, legal guardian or other person with whom you reside from the list below andCertification of Address form the person whose name is on the residential address documents. The individual whose name is on the documents and Certification of Address form must appear with you in person and sign the form in the presence of our personnel or they may sign the document in the presence of a notary public.

Acceptable Documents

  • Deed, mortgage, monthly mortgage statement, mortgage payment booklet or residential rental/lease agreement
  • Florida Voter Registration Card
  • Florida Vehicle Registration or Title
  • Florida Boat Registration or Title
  • Certification of Address
  • A utility bill or hook up/work order
  • Automobile Payment Booklet
  • Selective Service card
  • Medical or health card
  • Medical bill
  • Homeowner’s insurance policy or bill
  • Automobile insurance policy or bill
  • Educational institution transcript forms
  • Professional license issued by a government agency in the U.S.
  • W-2 form or 1099 form
  • Form DS2019, Certificate of Eligibility for Exchange Visitor (J-1) status
  • A letter from a homeless shelter, transitional service provider, or half-way house verifying that the customer resides at the shelter address
  • Mail from financial institutions; including checking, savings, credit card statements or investment account statements
  • Mail from Federal, State, County or City government agencies (including city and county agencies)
  • Personal mail that does not list the recipient as “occupant”. Example: Magazines, journals, etc.
  • Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) Registration form completed by the local sheriff’s department or Department of
    Corrections

Renew, Replace or Change My Florida Driver's License

If you are not currently REAL ID compliant, you must bring documents that validate your identity, Social Security Number (SSN) and Orange County residential address. For most customers, those documents are 1) your birth certificate or passport and 2) your social security card and 3) two proofs of Orange County residential address.

Click on each document category below to see the acceptable forms of documentation

U.S. Citizens & Permanent Residents

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
  • 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

Immigrants

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
  • 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

Nonimmigrants

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 nonimmigrant 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; and Refugee, asylee and parolee classifications must be accompanied by additional documentation
  • I-571 travel document/refugee travel permit
  • I-512 parole letter accepted
  • Immigration judge’s order granting asylum or cancellation of removal

Notice

Please be advised: 

  • 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.

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
  • 1099

Customers must submit two different documents with their residential address (copies are acceptable), including:

  • Deed, mortgage, monthly mortgage statement, mortgage payment booklet or residential rental/lease agreement
  • Florida Voter Registration Card
  • Florida Vehicle Registration or Title
  • Florida Boat Registration or Title
  • Certification of Address
  • A utility bill or hook up/work order
  • Automobile Payment Booklet
  • Selective Service card
  • Medical or health card
  • Medical bill
  • Homeowner’s insurance policy or bill
  • Automobile insurance policy or bill
  • Educational institution transcript forms
  • Professional license issued by a government agency in the U.S.
  • W-2 form or 1099 form
  • Form DS2019, Certificate of Eligibility for Exchange Visitor (J-1) status
  • A letter from a homeless shelter, transitional service provider, or half-way house verifying that the customer resides at the shelter address
  • Mail from financial institutions; including checking, savings, credit card statements or investment account statements
  • Mail from Federal, State, County or City government agencies (including city and county agencies)
  • Personal mail that does not list the recipient as “occupant”. Example: Magazines, journals, etc.
  • Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) Registration form completed by the local sheriff’s department or Department of
    Corrections

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.

Exchange My Out-of-State Driver's License or ID

You must bring documents that validate your identity, Social Security Number (SSN) and Orange County residential address. For most customers, those documents are 1) your birth certificate or passport and 2) your social security card and 3) two proofs of Orange County residential address.

Click on each document category below to see the acceptable forms of documentation

If Your Name Has Changed

If you have legally changed your name by marriage, divorce or court order, you must submit an original or certified U.S. marriage certificate(s), U.S. divorce document(s) or other court order(s). Copies are not accepted unless certified by the issuing authority.

Marriage certificates must be recognized by the state of Florida. Generally, marriage certificates issued in Florida or another state in accordance with the respective laws of those states are recognized by the State of Florida. Church-issued marriage certificates are not accepted. Click here to learn more about name changes.

U.S. Citizens & Permanent Residents

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
  • 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

Immigrants

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
  • 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

Nonimmigrants

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 nonimmigrant 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; and Refugee, asylee and parolee classifications must be accompanied by additional documentation
  • I-571 travel document/refugee travel permit
  • I-512 parole letter accepted
  • Immigration judge’s order granting asylum or cancellation of removal

Notice

Please be advised: 

  • 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.

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
  • 1099

Customers must submit two different documents with their residential address (copies are acceptable), including:

  • Deed, mortgage, monthly mortgage statement, mortgage payment booklet or residential rental/lease agreement
  • Florida Voter Registration Card
  • Florida Vehicle Registration or Title
  • Florida Boat Registration or Title
  • Certification of Address
  • A utility bill or hook up/work order
  • Automobile Payment Booklet
  • Selective Service card
  • Medical or health card
  • Medical bill
  • Homeowner’s insurance policy or bill
  • Automobile insurance policy or bill
  • Educational institution transcript forms
  • Professional license issued by a government agency in the U.S.
  • W-2 form or 1099 form
  • Form DS2019, Certificate of Eligibility for Exchange Visitor (J-1) status
  • A letter from a homeless shelter, transitional service provider, or half-way house verifying that the customer resides at the shelter address
  • Mail from financial institutions; including checking, savings, credit card statements or investment account statements
  • Mail from Federal, State, County or City government agencies (including city and county agencies)
  • Personal mail that does not list the recipient as “occupant”. Example: Magazines, journals, etc.
  • Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) Registration form completed by the local sheriff’s department or Department of
    Corrections

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.

Change My Name on My Florida Driver's License or ID

Follow these steps to change your name on your driver’s license or ID.

Immigrants & Nonimmigrants

Customers who have legally changed their name by marriage, divorce or court order must also update their USCIS documents to reflect their name change before they can update their name on their driver's license or ID.

Name changes must first be made with the Federal Social Security Administration in order to have your name updated on your driver’s license or ID.

To change your name with Social Security, you must present documents proving your legal name change and identity. If you are a U.S. citizen, you must also present documents proving your U.S. citizenship. Only original documents or copies certified by the issuing agency are accepted.

To prove your legal name change, you must show one of the following documents.

  • Marriage document;
  • Divorce decree;
  • Certificate of Naturalization showing a new name; or
  • Court order for a name change.

To prove your identity, you must show one unexpired document showing your name, identifying information, and photograph, such as:

  • State-issued U.S. driver’s license;
  • State-issued ID; or
  • Valid U.S. Passport.

To prove your U.S. citizenship, you must show one of the following:

  • U.S. birth certificate;
  • U.S. Consular Report of Birth Abroad;
  • Valid U.S. Passport;
  • Certificate of Naturalization; or
  • Certificate of Citizenship.

Please allow 24 to 48 hours after completing the name change with the Social Security Administration.

If you have legally changed your name by marriage, divorce or court order, you must submit an original or certified U.S. marriage certificate(s), U.S. divorce document(s) or other court order(s). Copies are not accepted unless certified by the issuing authority.

Marriage certificates must be recognized by the state of Florida. Generally, marriage certificates issued in Florida or another state in accordance with the respective laws of those states are recognized by the State of Florida. Church-issued marriage certificates are not accepted.

Certified copies of marriage certificates or divorce decrees may be obtained at the Clerk of Court in the county where it was originally filed. 

Click here for Clerk of Court locations in Orange County