Thousands of people move to Florida every month. If you are one of them, you will want to get your driver’s license transferred to Florida as soon as possible. The process is fairly simple, but it will require visiting your local Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles office.
Transferring your driver's license to Florida is easy. Simply visit your local DHSMV office and meet with an attendant to transfer your license. The process will take about an hour, though you may have to wait in line for some time before meeting with the representative.
Florida recognizes driver’s licenses from most states as a primary form of identification. If you are moving to Florida from one of the 30 states with which Florida has driver’s license reciprocity, you will simply need to present your existing driver’s license and an additional form of identification to receive your new Florida license.
Though Florida has reciprocal agreements with most states, there are 20 states from which Florida does not recognize the driver’s license as a primary form of identification. These states are listed on the Florida DHSMV website. If you are from one of these states, you must present a primary form of identification--your birth certificate, passport or certificate of naturalization—in addition to your out of state driver’s license.
Regardless of whether Florida has reciprocity with your former state, you will need some additional identification when transferring your driver’s license to Florida. Florida law requires that you provide proof of your Social Security number and Florida address when transferring your license to Florida. You can prove your Social Security number by presenting your Social Security card, a W-2 form, a recent paycheck showing your Social Security number, or any IRS 1099 form. You will also need to prove your Florida address with a document such as a mortgage, deed, lease, Florida voter registration card or recent utility bill. A complete list of documents you can use to prove your Florida address is available on the Florida DHSMV website.
Under Florida law, you must transfer your driver’s license to Florida within 30 days of becoming a Florida resident. The state considers you a resident when you take a resident action like enrolling a child in public school, registering to vote, filing for a Florida homestead exemption or accepting a job in the state. You must also transfer your driver’s license to Florida f you live in the state for at least six consecutive months, even if you do not take any of these actions.
Transferring your driver’s license to Florida does not require a driving test as long as you have a clean out-of-state driving record. If you have accidents or traffic tickets on your driving record, though, you will likely need to take a driving test when transferring your license. If your out-of-state license is suspended, you will not be able to obtain a Florida license.
You can make an appointment with the DHSMV office to reduce your wait time. Go to the DHSMV Appointment website to schedule your visit.
Keith Evans has been writing professionally since 1994 and now works from his office outside of Orlando. He has written for various print and online publications and wrote the book, "Appearances: The Art of Class." Evans holds a Bachelor of Arts in organizational communication from Rollins College and is pursuing a Master of Business Administration in strategic leadership from Andrew Jackson University.