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Mr. Blandings
08-17-2009, 08:09
Effective January 1, 2010 Florida begins to enforce the provisions of the federal REAL ID Act which require enhanced identification verification procedures and documentation. In simple terms, to get a driver license or state ID card you will be required to prove who you are and where you live by showing documents such as birth certificate, SSN card, property ownership or rental contracts.

Your actual residence address will now be printed on the license or ID card - no more mailing addresses ("No one lives in a P.O. box.").

More info is available directly from Florida DHSMV at: (

Here's a news story on the changes:Source:

Tougher drivers license renewal requirements

Tallahassee, Florida -- Calling all Florida drivers! You'll need more proof of identification next time you head to the DMV to renew your license, change your address, get married, or even get your license for the first time.

A new federal law hopes stricter drivers license requirements will help reduce identity theft.

"We want folks to prepare themselves, these new provisions come into place January 1," said Dave Westbury, Communications Director with the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles.


Florida highway safety officials launched a new $800,000 campaign called "Gather Go Get" to remind Floridians about those new identification requirements. The "Gather Go Get" stands for: gather your documentation, go to the driver license office, and get your new card on the first trip.

The campaign costs $800,000. State taxpayers pay for half, the other half is paid for by federal assistance.

They showed us a new website where you can fill out personal information and in return, you'll get a personalized checklist of exactly everything you need in order to renew your license. Highway safety officials hope this will help you save time and money by getting all the documents together that you need, the first time you head to the DMV.

"They will be able to go to a website, put in their personal information and get a form that tells them exactly the documents that they need to bring to us," said Westbury.


New federal requirements call for: 1) a piece of identification (other than your old driver's license,) 2) social security confirmation, and 3) 2 proofs of residency. Here are some examples of each:


Certified U.S. birth certificate
Valid U.S. passport
Certificate of naturalization
Consular report of birth abroad

Social Security:

Social Security card
W2 form
Paycheck showing number
School record showing number
IRS Documentation showing number
Social Security Administration letter indicating a number was never issued
"What we're asking for primarily are things that help their identity and help protect them, in the long run it's about securing your identity and making sure that we have a very secure process that puts in place a document in their hands that that's them, the person that they really are," said Westbury.

Proof of Residency:

Deed, mortgage, monthly mortgage statement, mortgage payment booklet
Rental agreement
Florida voter registration card
Florida vehicle registration or title
W2 form or 1099 form
Utility bill, hookup or work order no more than 2 months old

This new law takes effect January 1, 2010 and all drivers license holders must comply and renew his or her license information by 2017. If you do not, you could face fines for driving without proper licensing, and you won't be able to board an aircraft or enter a federal building.

08-22-2009, 23:42
Just lovely.

If any of you need to renew your D/L within the next 18 months, do it before Sept 1st. The fees all just about double (some go up more than double) on Sept 1st.

Thanks for the link, Mr Blandings. It may have just saved me $21.00.

Gun Shark
08-22-2009, 23:44
:Wow: thanks for the tip.