New Driver's License Regulations

By: Blaine Tolison Email
By: Blaine Tolison Email

**From the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles**

IDENTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS TO CHANGE FOR DRIVER LICENSES
~ Changes will enhance security leading to a Safer Florida ~

TALLAHASSEE - The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles is announcing changes that will impact Florida drivers and Department customers beginning Oct. 1, 2008. One of the principal changes will be the identification required for driver licenses. Details are as follows:

• Customers must present proof of social security number (for example, social security card or any of the following documents showing your social security number: tax return, W-2 form, property tax statement, pay check, DD-214, school record).

• All passports, permanent resident cards and employment authorization cards presented as proof of identification or legal presence must be valid. Expired documents will not be accepted.

• The department will no longer accept driver licenses or identification cards issued by other states as primary identification.

• A person will be allowed to elect the school option to avoid points five times in a 10-year period instead of five times in a lifetime.

• Commercial Driver License holders who receive a Driving Under the Influence conviction on or after Oct. 1, 2008, even while driving a personal vehicle, will be disqualified from operating a commercial motor vehicle for one year for the first offense, and permanently disqualified for the second offense. These penalties are based on convictions dates and not offense dates.

“Upcoming changes are a result of recent statutory requirements and department efforts to increase security,” said Director of the Division of Driver Licenses Sandra Lambert. “We anticipate the benefits of enhanced identity protection will far outweigh the inconvenience of providing additional proof of identification.”

In addition to identification requirements, license fees and the length of time for which certain identification cards and motor vehicle licenses are valid are changing.

For U.S. Citizens and Immigrants with Permanent Legal Presence

• Florida Class E driver licenses will be valid for eight years except for customers 80 and older.

• Commercial Driver Licenses for Class A, B, or C driver licenses will be valid for eight years except for customers 80 and older. Licenses with a hazardous materials endorsement will be valid for four years.

•All licenses for customers 80 and older will be valid for six years.


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  • by AHA on Sep 12, 2008 at 06:52 AM
    That was pretty funny Bob from Perry!!
  • by Toni Location: Perry on Sep 12, 2008 at 06:43 AM
    I, for one, think it is about time. Keep those terrorist and illegals (who can't read english traffic signs) off the streets
  • by Sarah Location: Hosford on Sep 12, 2008 at 06:33 AM
    In response to Robert: People are not able to retire as early as they once could have due to the fact that alot of people can not survive on retirement money like before. EVERYTHING is higher except wages. That is just how things are. I think everyone is freaking over someone 80 having a CDL but it is ALL license that are valid for 6 years for 80 people. I think once you reach a certain age like 65 or 70 then you should have to take a new driving test as well. I know a lot of older people that can drive fine but I know alot that have no business whatsoever with a license.
  • by minty Location: nfla on Sep 12, 2008 at 06:28 AM
    I think anyone who drives drunk should be revoked, not just those who have CDLs.
  • by Lyn Location: tall on Sep 12, 2008 at 05:44 AM
    I think people who have CDL license who get's a DUI should have them revoked.
  • by Bob Location: Perry on Sep 12, 2008 at 02:54 AM
    Do we really have 80 year old truck drivers out there..........I'm catching the train.
  • by Steve Location: Tallahassee on Sep 11, 2008 at 10:10 PM
    you know with as much talk about Identity theft, and you shouldn't let anyone have your SSN, Seems like another future data leak. Everyone wants your ssn, doctors, lawyers, credit card companies, cell phone companies, etc. I Thought the SSN was issued by the SSA for.... SOCIAL SECURITY, not homeland security. And Tom, if your worried about big brother tracking you, put the card under a hydraulic press and kill it!!
  • by Robert Location: Obrien on Sep 11, 2008 at 04:17 AM
    I would seriously ask why a person at age 80 would need a CDL and operate a big rig instead of enjoying retirement? Why didn`t this reporter provide the change in $ amounts for the fee increases. I would like to know if its $2 dollars more or $20 dollars more.
  • by Tom on Sep 11, 2008 at 03:23 AM
    This is the national id card "Big Brother is Coming" The new card will have a tracking chip.
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