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How to Apply for a Florida Identification Card

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Get ID Card Credentials in Florida

In Florida, any resident who is at least five years old can get an identification card.With a Florida ID card, you can travel within the United States, open bank accounts, visit the doctor and much more. To apply for ID card credentials in Florida, it must be done in person at a nearby DMV office. When you apply for a DMV ID card, you can select to make a REAL ID, which would then classify it as a federal form of identification.

More Important Information on ID Cards

The Real ID Act of Florida

The Real ID Act of the United States is a nation-wide effort to prevent terrorism and identity fraud. The Act requires all participating Florida DMVs to utilize a standard system to identify applicants. All documents are reviewed with layers of security to verify that an individual's identity is true. In essence, the Real ID Act makes it extraordinarily difficult to create a fake identity.
DMV.com Note: You cannot have a FL driver's license and an ID card at the same time.

How to Apply for an ID Card

  1. In order to get identification cards in Florida, this process must be done in person at a driver's license office. You want to make your way to the nearest DMV location to you and book an appointment before going in.
  2. To be issued an identification card, you must bring the following forms of documentation. All documents offered to the FL DMV must be originals are certified copies. Be prepared to bring the following:
    • One primary form of identification:
      • Birth certificate
      • Valid passport or passport card
      • Certificate of Naturalization
      • Certificate of Citizenship
    • One proof of Social Security Number:
      • Social Security card
      • W-2 Form
      • Paycheck or stub
    • Two proofs of residential address:
      • FL Voter Registration Card
      • Vehicle registration
      • Utilities bills
      • Bank statements
      • Mortgage/deed/lease
    • One proof of legal presence (non-U.S. citizens):
      • Green Card a.k.a. I-551 Form
      • I-551 stamp on passport

Note: All bills or statements must be post-dated within the past 60 days.
If you are 14 years of age or younger, your ID card will expire in four years. If you are older than 14, your ID card will expire after eight years.

Documents for Non-Residents in Florida

In addition to showing documents that prove your Social Security Number and residential address, non-residents must bring certain proof of identity:

  • Permanent Resident Card
  • Valid passport for non-immigrants
  • Department of Homeland Security document proving lawful presence

Fees and Forms of Payment

A new ID card costs $25 in Florida. The FL DMV accepts these methods of payment:

  • Cash
  • Check
  • Visa
  • MasterCard
  • American Express
  • Discover

Get a U.S. Passport

If you find that you are missing certain documentation to obtain your Florida ID card, you must take the steps provide additional proof of identity. The best form of identification to get any type of official document is a passport. Issued by the federal government, a U.S. passport contains your:

  • Full, legal name
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Social Security Number
  • Nationality

Fill out a U.S. passport application online today.

Voter Registration

With a Florida ID card, you now have the option to register to vote in the state. However, your right to vote does not come along with simply owning a Florida ID card. Instead, you will use your Florida ID card as proof of identity when you are ready to proceed with voter registration. Once you turn 18, you can legally begin registering to vote. But, before you visit the polls, you will need to get a voters registration card. Be sure to register to vote online in Florida with the Supervisor of Elections, so you can cast your vote in the next election, be it county, city, state or presidential.

Renew ID Card in Florida

Renewing ID card documentation in Florida depends on your eligibility to do so online or in person at a driver's license office.Whether or not you have an expired ID card, your ID card renewal will be a breeze. Simply choose the option that is best for you below:

Online

Not everyone can renew expired ID card credentials online. To be eligible for online FL identification card renewal, you must:

  • Have a valid Florida ID card with a digital image
  • Have renewed your last ID in person at a licensing office.

To renew identification card documentation online, first click here to access the Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles online portal.You will be asked to enter your FL ID number, your date of birth and the last four digits of your Social Security Number.

In Person

If your ID does not have a digital image, or if you renewed online the last time, you will need to visit a FL driver license office in person to proceed with the ID card renewal process.
At the office you will need to provide:

  • One primary form of identification:
    • Birth certificate
    • Valid passport or passport card
    • Certificate of Naturalization
    • Certificate of Citizenship
  • One proof of Social Security Number:
    • Social Security card
    • W-2 Form
    • Paycheck or stub
  • Two proofs of residential address:
    • FL Voter Registration Card
    • Vehicle registration
    • Utilities bills
    • Bank statements
    • Mortgage/deed/lease
  • One proof of legal presence (non-U.S. citizens):
    • Green Card a.k.a. I-551 Form
    • I-551 stamp on passport

Note: All bills or statements must be post-dated within the past 60 days.

Fees and Forms of Payment

To renew an ID card costs $25 in Florida. The FL DMV accepts these methods of payment:

  • Cash
  • Check
  • Visa
  • MasterCard
  • American Express
  • Discover

Out-of-State or Military ID Cards in Florida

The Florida DMV wants its residents to have proper identification, even when they are out-of-state for an extended period of time. If your ID card is close to expiring and you're not in Florida to renew in person, you can renew it online if:

  • Have a valid Florida ID card with a digital image.
  • Have renewed your last ID in person at a licensing office.

Keep in mind that in this case, you will receive the renewed ID card at the address that is on file and the U.S. Postal Service will never forward DMV-related mail to another address. That means you will need someone at your residence to then mail your renewed ID card to your temporary out-of-state address.

U.S. Military Veteran: Special Designation

Veterans who wish to add the "V" notation to their ID card can visit a driver license office with a DD-214 showing an honorable discharge from active duty and pay the $25 replacement fee, plus a one-time charge of $1. You can request a copy of your DD-214 from the National Archives.

Replace ID Card in Florida

Getting a duplicate ID card in Florida will not require too much effort on your effort. Follow our steps and you will have an ID card replacement in no time.

  1. If have a lost ID card or a stolen ID card, you will want to notify the police immediately. It's important that local law enforcement is aware of the liability of identity fraud. You will want to then:
  2. When your FL ID card copy is lost, stolen or damaged, then you will need to begin the process of replacing ID card credentials. You can either do this online or in person.

Online:

Login to the Florida GoRenew system, and have prepared the following information:

  • FL ID number
  • Date of birth
  • Last four digits of your Social Security Number.

If you don't know your ID number you will have to ask to replace stolen ID card credentials in person.However, if you are out-of-state and need to replace your ID card, then online is the only option you have at your disposal.

In Person

To replace lost ID card copies, you will have to bring in certain documents. The FL DMV only accepts the originals or certified copies of documents.

  • One primary form of identification:
    • Birth certificate
    • Valid passport or passport card
    • Certificate of Naturalization
    • Certificate of Citizenship
  • One proof of Social Security Number:
    • Social Security card
    • W-2 Form
    • Paycheck or stub
  • Two proofs of residential address:
    • FL Voter Registration Card
    • Vehicle registration
    • Utilities bills
    • Bank statements
    • Mortgage/deed/lease
  • One proof of legal presence (non-U.S. citizens):
    • Green Card a.k.a. I-551 Form
    • I-551 stamp on passport

Note: All bills or statements must be post-dated within the past 60 days.

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