Driver License General Information

The Alachua County Tax Collector is an agent for the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. Florida residents from any County may receive driver license and motor vehicle services at any of our branches. We provide limited services at our Southwest and Downtown branches, and full services at our Northwest Branch.


Services Provided

The services provided at our Southwest and Downtown Branches are:

  • New License (not requiring a road test)
  • Florida Citizen Original Learners (not requiring a road test)
  • Basic Renewals
  • ID Card and Driver License Replacements
  • CDL Renewals Without Hazmat Endorsement
  • New CDL License Without Hazmat Endorsement
  • CDL Replacement
  • D6 Reinstatement
  • Child Support Reinstatement
  • Failure to Pay Court Financial Obligations Reinstatement

The Tax Collector also provides full Driver License services at the Northwest Branch, located at 5801 NW 34th Blvd in Gainesville.

Attention Written Testers

Written tests are conducted by appointment only. Please click HERE to make an appointment.


Attention Road Testers

Road tests are conducted by appointment only, and all road tests are conducted at our Northwest Branch located at 5801 NW 34th Blvd in Gainesville. You must bring in current proof of registration and insurance on the vehicle you will be taking the test in. Without this you will not be allowed to take the driving test. Please click HERE to make an appointment.

Attention New Drivers

If you are upgrading from a learner’s permit to an operator’s license, you must bring your learner’s permit to our office to upgrade. If you do not have your learner’s permit, you will be required to pay $31.25 for a replacement.


Documents Required

Florida law requires proof of identity, Social Security number, and 2 proofs of residential address for a driver license or ID card. To create a personalized checklist of the documents you need to bring, visit GatherGoGet.com.

1. Identification (Bring 1):

US Citizens

Please bring one of the following:

  • Original or certified U.S. birth certificate from a government agency
  • Valid, unexpired U.S. passport or U.S passport card
  • Naturalization certificate or certificate of citizenship

Has your name ever changed?

If the name on your identification document doesn’t match your current legal name, you will need to show an original or certified copy of your marriage certificate(s) (or other legal documents) to prove your current name. (Uncertified photocopies of the marriage certificate(s) are not acceptable.)


Please Note

If you are presenting a US birth certificate using a name other than your current name (if you are divorced or married), you are required to present an original or certified copy of your marriage license showing how you obtained your current name.

Example: If your birth certificate reads “Mary Alice Doe DOB: 03/06/1970″ and your Florida Driver License reads “Mary Alice Smith”, we will need an original or certified copy of your marriage license to show how the name changed from Doe to Smith.

Florida marriage licenses generally have the maiden name on the marriage license. If you have been married numerous times and if the maiden name appears on the document which connects you to your current name, that is acceptable. This only applies to US birth certificates. An original or certified copy of your marriage license is not required if you are presenting a US passport in your current name.


Born in Florida and need a copy of your birth certificate? Click here for information on obtaining your Florida Birth certificate.

Non-US Citizens

Please bring one of the following:

  • Current permanent resident card (I-551)
  • Current employment authorization card (I-688B, I-766)
  • Valid passport along with proof of current temporary status classification from DHS
  • If your status is F1, you will need to bring the I-20, this applies to F2 as well
  • If your status is J1, you will need to bring the DS2019, this applies to J2 as well
Canadian Citizens

Please bring one of the following:

  • Canadian certificate of citizenship
  • Canadian naturalization certificate
  • Valid Canadian passport
  • Original or certified Canadian birth certificate

2. Proof of Social Security Number (Bring 1):

  • Social Security card
  • W-2 form (hand-written not acceptable)
  • Pay check stub showing applicant’s name and full number (hand-written not acceptable)
  • SSA-1099, or non-SSA-1099
  • Self Certification (Self Certification Form is Available Here) – Please note that the social security number must verify through the Social Security Administration system.

No social security number?

U.S. citizens and permanent residents must present form L-676 from the Social Security Administration. In addition, U.S. citizens, permanent residents and Canadian citizens without a social security number, as well as those with temporary status classifications from DHS, and must bring at least one proof of secondary ID from the list available at GatherGoGet.com.

3. Two proofs of residential address (bring 2):

  • Deed, mortgage, monthly mortgage statement or payment booklet or rental agreement
  • Florida voter registration card
  • Florida vehicle registration or title
  • W-2 form or 1099
  • Utility bill, hookup or work order
  • Current automobile or homeowner’s insurance policy or bill
  • Mail from financial institution
  • Medical or health card with address
  • Letter from shelter or half-way house verifying applicant lives at this address
  • Current educational transcripts

No proof of residential address?


If you have no proof of residential address, you can bring in one proof of address in the name of the person you are living with and complete the Certification of Address Statement. The Certification of Address Statement form can be found HERE.


Estimated Fees

  • ORIGINAL/RENEW LICENSE OR LEARNER’S PERMIT:
  • ADDRESS CHANGE / REPLACEMENT LICENSE:
  • ORIGINAL/RENEW LICENSE WITH MOTORCYCLE END.:
  • REPLACEMENT LICENSE ADDING MOTORCYCLE END.:
  • ORIGINAL/RENEW/REPLACE IDENTIFICATION CARD:
  • $54.25
  • $31.25
  • $61.25
  • $38.25
  • $31.25

Driver License FAQ’s

Where can I get the latest information on the requirements to obtain a Florida driver license or identification card?

Answer: The website GatherGoGet.com has all the information to assist you in making a checklist of the required documents. All documents must be the original government-issued item; no copies will be accepted.

What do I need to exchange my driver license from another state to Florida?

Answer: Proof of Identity – Florida law requires applicants for a driver license or identification card to present the following identification documents:

  • An original birth certificate, valid US Passport, US Passport Card, or original Certificate of Naturalization (no copies or hospital certificates will be accepted); AND
  • An out-of-state driver license or identification card, or an acceptable secondary form of identification; AND
  • Original name change documents for all (marriage, divorce, adoption, legal name change, etc.) must be presented at the time of application (may require more than one and must show a continuous link from birth name to current legal name); church marriage documents are not acceptable; AND
  • Two forms of proof of Florida residential address (utility bill, lease, car payment book, etc.); AND
  • An original Social Security card or acceptable proof of Social Security number. Social Security records must match the name being used and must include customer’s full Social Security number to be accepted.

Handwritten documents are not accepted. Contact the Social Security Administration at least 24 hours before making application for a driver license or identification card when changing names.

NOTE: Applicants under age 18 must have signed parental consent. You must surrender all Florida and out-of-state driver licenses or ID cards.

Acceptable Identity Documents: A complete list of acceptable identification and proof of Social Security documents are available online at www.flhsmv.gov or www.GatherGoGet.com

How will I prove my identity under the Real ID requirements?

Answer: All customers must bring in the following documents to prove their identity and receive their licenses or IDs.

Provide one of the following proofs of primary identification:

  • Certified US birth certificate, including territories and District of Columbia
  • Valid US Passport or US 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

Note: original name change documents for all (marriage, divorce, adoption, legal name change, etc.) must be presented at the time of application (may require more than one and must show a continuous link from birth name to current legal name); church marriage documents are not acceptable.

AND — Provide two proofs of residential address:

  • Deed, mortgage, mortgage statement, mortgage payment booklet, or residential rental/lease agreement
  • Florida voter registration card
  • Florida vehicle registration or title
  • Florida boat registration or title (if living on a boat/houseboat)
  • Statement from parent, step-parent, or legal guardian. Must reside in same residence, accompany applicant, and present “Proof of Residence Address.”
  • Utility hookup or work order
  • Automobile payment booklet
  • Selective service card
  • Medical or health card with address listed
  • Current homeowner’s insurance policy or bill
  • Current automobile insurance policy or bill
  • Educational institution transcript forms for current school year

AND — Provide one of the following proofs of Social Security number:

  • Social Security card
  • W-2 form
  • Paystub with name and full Social Security number imprinted on stub

I just turned 21. What do I need to do to get the "over 21" horizontal license?

Answer: If you are REAL ID compliant, meaning your license has a gold star toward the top right of the front of the license, you are only required to bring the current license in the office. If there is a change to your REAL ID compliant license, such as address change you will need to bring in proof of your new address. If you are not REAL ID compliant, you will need to bring the standard REAL ID required documents to prove legal residence. These documents are outlined HERE. The cost for updating your license is $31.25.

I changed my address online after receiving a Real ID compliant card. Will I have to present proof of address during my next office visit?

Answer: Yes. You will be required to present two proofs of your new address.

How do I get the veterans “V” added to my Florida license or identification card?

Answer: Florida veterans who honorably served their nation now can add a veteran designation to their driver license or identification card. Present your DD-214, which shows the honorable discharge from active duty. For original issuance and renewals the designation is added for a one-time fee of $1.00, added to applicable license fee and $6.25 service fee if completed at a Tax Collector office. For replacement issuance when there are no changes to the card, the designation is added for $2.00 and we will issue the card as a no fee replacement, saving you $25.00. The $6.25 service fee is collected if completed at a Tax Collector office. For a replacement with changes to the card other than the designation you will pay $1.00 for the designation, $25.00 for the replacement and if completed in a Tax Collector’s office the $6.25 service fee. Visit www.GatherGoGet.com to ensure you have all the other required documents.

Veterans who need to obtain a copy of their DD-214 may request it through the National Archives, which provides information on how to make the request online atwww.archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records/.

Which tax collector offices offer driver license and identification card services?

The Tax Collector offers all driver license services at the Northwest Public Branch location.  The Southwest and Downtown branches offer all services except for Hazmat CDL and Road Testing.

Why have the license and ID card requirements changed?

Answer: Florida has passed laws that will help better protect our citizens and visitors by strengthening our ability to verify an applicant’s identify and legal presence in the United States. The changes will help increase our overall security.

Where can I find additional information on the Real ID requirements?

Answer: Visit www.GatherGoGet.com and www.flhsmv.gov or call our Customer Service Line at (352) 374-5236.

I only have copies of my documents, not originals. What should I do?

Answer: You will need to request original documentation. For example, a replacement Social Security card is free, while a copy of a Florida birth certificate is $15.00. If you need help determining how to get replacement documents, visit www.GatherGoGet.com and click on “Document Help” or call our Customer Service Line at (352) 374-5236.

Can I still get both a driver license and an identification card?

Answer: Unfortunately, no. Florida law requires the surrender of all licenses or identification cards in your possession to be issued a new driver license or identification card.

Does the Real ID Act require me to purchase a new driver license or identification card immediately?

Answer: No, the Real ID Act allows time for the change based on your date of birth.

If you were born after December 1, 1964, your current card is still valid until it expires or until December 1, 2014, whichever comes first.

If you were born before December 1, 1964, your card is valid until it expires or until December 1, 2017.

However, if you must visit an office to update or make any changes to your license, you will be required to comply with the Real ID requirements. For instance, if you have used the one-time convenience renewal option, your next renewal must be in an office.

Name changes, name corrections, and date of birth corrections will require a visit to an office.

What tests are required to obtain a Florida learner’s permit?

Answer:

  • Must meet all the requirements of the Real ID Act.
  • Pass vision and Class E General Knowledge (50 questions) test.
  • Have the signature of one parent (or guardian) on the parental consent form, if under age 18.
  • Complete Traffic Law and Substance Abuse Education course (TLSAE, DATE, or TL-DOE).
  • Must be in compliance with school attendance if under age 18.

Parent accompanying the applicant to the office can provide two proofs of their Florida residential address from two different sources (addresses must be identical) and verbally certify the applicant lives with them. Otherwise a Certification of Address(Form HSMV 7120) is available online at www.flhsmv.gov.

My driver license is expired; will I need to take any tests to renew?

Answer: All in-office renewals require a vision exam and are subject to all of the identification requirements of the Real ID Act.

I am 18 years old and applying for my first driver license. What will I need to bring?

Answer:

  • First time drivers must have completed a state-approved Traffic Law Substance Abuse Education course.
  • Pass vision and Class E General Knowledge (50 questions) test to obtain a learner’s permit.
  • Applicants also passing the road skills exam can be issued a regular operator’s license without delay.

First time applicants also must meet all the identification requirements of the Real ID Act.

Can I take the written exams online?

Answer: Applicants under age 18 may take the written exams online. A parent must be present to proctor the exam and accompany the minor to the office to sign an affidavit. Falsification of parental proctoring will result in license suspensions for the parent and applicant.

Is it better or cheaper to take the written exams online?

Answer: While we gladly accept online testing results, parents should investigate the fees associated with online testing. The original Florida licensing fee includes one attempt at the required exam.

I lost my license/ID card. Will I have to get one of these new licenses/IDs?

Answer: Not necessarily. You can request a replacement license at www.gorenew.com.

If you do need to come into the office to request a replacement, then you must bring the required documents as described on www.GatherGoGet.com. You will be issued the new license.

My last name is different than my primary identification. What should I do?

Answer: We need to see proof of your name change.

If your name has changed multiple times, you must present a document trail that links your current name to your chosen proof of identity. If your name has changed due to marriage or a court order, you must submit the original or a certified copy of your marriage certificate(s) or court order(s). Church certificates are not acceptable. For example, let’s say the last name on your birth certificate is Brown. You got married and changed your name to Smith. You got divorced, remarried, and your name changed to Johnson. You must provide a marriage certificate showing your name change from Brown to Smith, and you must also show a marriage certificate of your name change from Smith to Johnson…or you can provide a valid US passport in your current married name. If your marriage license with your current name has your maiden name listed on it, then we do not need to see any previous marriage licenses.

I have lost my Social Security card. How can I get a new one?

Answer: Complete an application for a new card and mail or show it and your identifying documents to a Social Security Administration office. The application and list of acceptable forms of identification are available at the Social Security Administration Web Sitewww.ssa.gov.

The Social Security office is located at 1610 NW 23rd Ave, in Gainesville, Florida (1-877-219-8323).

How do I change my name on my Florida license or identification card?

Answer: If you have legally changed your name by marriage or court order, you must submit the original or a certified copy of your marriage certificate or court order. If your name has changed several times, you will be required to provide a document trail that links your current name to the identification documents provided. If your marriage license with your current name has your maiden name listed on it, then we do not need to see any previous marriage licenses. No photocopies will be accepted unless certified by the issuing authority. Church certificates are not acceptable. A valid US passport with your new name may be used to update your license.

How long do I have to change my name or address on my driver license or identification card?

Answer: Ten days. If you change your address in an office, you must comply with the Real ID requirements. You will be required to show two proofs of residential address to replace your license or identification card. If you have a Real ID compliant card and change your address online, you will be required to present two proofs of your new address during the next office visit.

Can my child be issued a Florida identification card?

Answer: Children five years of age and older can obtain a Florida identification card. Children under five years of age applying for a handicap placard also may be issued a Florida identification card. Please be prepared to meet the Real ID requirements and present the handicap placard application signed by a doctor. Beginning November 1, 2009, no driver license or ID card will be required to obtain a handicap placard.

I received a traffic citation. How can I keep the points off my Florida license?

Answer: Contact the Clerk of Court in the county the citation was received in and arrange to attend the driving school prior to paying the citation. CDL drivers cannot attend the school to avoid points on their license.

My driver license may be suspended. How can I find out without visiting an office?

Answer: You can check the status of your driver license online at www.flhsmv.gov.

I’m in the military stationed outside of Florida and my license/ID card was stolen/lost/destroyed. How do I get it replaced?

Answer: You can apply for a replacement online if your citizenship has been established on your driving record.

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Military personnel whose driver license or ID card have been lost or stolen may receive a replacement license through the mail, or a 90-day temporary permit will be mailed to you along with duplicate license instructions. Please contact DHSMV’s Customer Service Center at (850) 617-2000.

I’m in the military stationed outside of Florida and my license/ID card is about to expire. How do I request an extension?

Answer: You can request an extension of your license by writing:

  • Bureau of Records
  • 2900 Apalachee Parkway, MS 92
  • Tallahassee, FL 32399-0575

Requests also can be processed by calling (850) 617-2000. You will receive an extension card that will keep your Class E license valid until 90 days after your discharge from military service. Please keep the card with your license and present it with your military ID. The card is free of charge and available to all active duty members of the armed forces and their dependents (spouses, children, and step-children under 21 living in the same household). The extension card is only available to military personnel who are stationed outside Florida and have a license that expired after July 1, 1995. If your license expired prior to July 1, 1995, you may request renewal forms to be mailed to you.

How do I apply for a commercial driver license (CDL)?

Answer: Applicants for a CDL should consider this a professional license that will require additional testing far beyond that of other drivers. Applicants wishing to apply for a CDL are strongly encouraged to obtain a CDL handbook prior to setting appointments for testing. Click the link to download a copy of the CDL handbook: www.floridadmvbooklet.com

Class A License

  • Requires passing the written general knowledge, air brakes, and combination exams.*

Class B License

  • Requires passing the written general knowledge exam and air brakes exam, if needed.*

Class C License

  • Requires passing the written general knowledge exam and one of the following endorsement exams: school bus, passengers, or hazardous materials.*

All CDL applicants must also pass the CDL pre-trip, basic skills, and driving exams in a commercial motor vehicle of the proper license class.

*These are examples of the testing requirements and may vary depending on the vehicle driven and loads carried. Refer to the study guide for additional testing requirements.

NOTE: Requirements for Real ID apply to all CDL applicants.

What are the residency requirements for a commercial driver license (CDL)?

Answer: Federal regulations require drivers to obtain a CDL license in their home state. This includes members of the armed forces. Proof of Florida residency will be required for all original applications.

I am a member of the armed forces and a Florida resident. How can I obtain a commercial driver license (CDL)?

Answer: Military members with a military equivalent CDL must pass all required written exams for the class license for which they are applying.

Once the written exams are passed, the applicant can use a driving skills waiver signed by his/her military command to waive the driving exams.

Does Florida require a valid medical card for CDL licensed drivers?

Answer: Yes, unless exempt.

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations require all commercial driver license holders to certify with the State’s driver license agency in one of the four categories below prior to the issuance or renewal of a CDL. Those certifying in non-excepted interstate or intrastate commerce (Category 1 or 3) also must ensure their medical documentation is on file with the state issuing agency and that it remains current. Failure to present valid medical documentation when required will result in the denial of the issuance or renewal of the CDL. Failure to maintain current medical documentation on file may result in CDL disqualification.

1. Non-excepted Interstate: I operate or expect to operate in interstate commerce and am required to maintain federal medical certification (medical card required).
2. Excepted Interstate: I operate or expect to operate in interstate commerce but engage exclusively in operations that qualify me for exception from the requirement to maintain federal medical certification.
3. Non-excepted Intrastate: I operate or expect to operate only in intrastate commerce and am required to meet State of Florida medical certification requirements (medical card required).
4. Excepted Intrastate: I operate or expect to operate only in intrastate commerce but engage exclusively in operations that qualify me for exception from State of Florida medical certification requirements.

CDL holders can no longer claim exemption from medical certification requirements because they are not currently operating in non-excepted interstate or intrastate commerce. If not specifically included in Category 2 or 4 above, they must maintain their medical certification or downgrade to a non-commercial license.

Note: If you self-certify in a category exempt from medical certification requirements (Category 2 or 4) and later change to a non-exempt type of operation (Category 1 or 3), you must recertify in the appropriate category and provide proof of valid medical certification to avoid potential enforcement actions.

For additional information and frequently asked questions concerning medical requirements, visit www.flhsmv.gov/ddl/cdlmedicalcert.html.

I received a citation. How can I verify if I can attend a driver school to avoid points?

Answer: You can verify your driver school eligibility online at www.flhsmv.gov by using the online driver license check.

I have updated my Social Security information. How can I verify it now matches?

Answer: You can verify your Social Security information online at www.flhsmv.gov by using the online driver license check.

I received a letter asking for insurance information for my driver license. How do I update my insurance information?

When insurance information is requested by Tallahassee for your driver record, you can update the records online at www.flhsmv.gov by using the online driver license check.

How do I obtain a driver handbook for Florida?

Answer: Handbooks are available online at www.floridadmvbooklet.com.

I have passed the written commercial driver license exams. How do I contact a third party tester for the driving exams?

Answer: The Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles’ authorized third party testers are listed online at www.flhsmv.gov.

I have been fingerprinted for my hazardous materials endorsement. How can I check the status of my background check?

Answer: You can verify your background status online at at this site.

How do I renew my Florida CDL with a hazardous materials endorsement?

Answer: In addition to all other CDL requirements, you must pass the hazardous materials written exam, submit a background application, and be fingerprinted.

I have a Florida CDL with a hazardous materials endorsement. Will I still be allowed to carry hazardous materials while my background and fingerprints are being processed?

Answer: Drivers renewing with at least one day left on their current CDL will receive a 90-day permit for hazardous materials. Once your background is approved by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), you will receive by mail a new CDL with the “H” endorsement.

I am applying for a hazardous materials endorsement on my Florida CDL. When will I be able to haul hazardous materials?

Answer: The background and fingerprint application can take up to 90 days to complete. You will not be authorized to haul hazardous materials until your background and fingerprinting have been approved by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and the new license is in your possession.

For how long is a Florida CDL with hazardous materials endorsed?

Answer: A Florida CDL with hazardous materials is valid for four years.

I have a valid Florida CDL that is valid for eight years. How will adding a hazardous materials endorsement affect my current license?

Answer: Your replacement license with hazardous materials will expire in four years.

I have to renew my Florida CDL in 15 months. If I add the hazardous materials endorsement now, will I have to pass the written test and background again?

Answer: Yes. The hazardous materials written exam, background check, and fingerprinting are required during every renewal.

How far in advance can I renew my Florida CDL with hazardous materials endorsement?

Answer: CDL drivers with a hazardous materials endorsement may renew up to 12 months in advance. To avoid possible loss of eligibility to haul hazardous materials while waiting for the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to approve your background, you are encouraged to make application at least 30 days prior to expiration.

What courses are approved for driver improvement or DUI?

The following link has information on approved driver improvement or DUI courses http://www.flhsmv.gov/ddl/drivingcourses.html