Florida Driver's License and Identification Card
|Driver's License||Identification Card|
Information for F1 students:
Florida Drivers License: This card allows you to legally operate a vehicle in Florida. This card can also be used as official photo identification or to show proof of your birth-date.
Florida Identification Card: This card does not allow you to legally operate a vehicle in Florida. This card can only be used as official photo identification or to show proof of your birth-date. To apply for this card, you only need to gather the documents listed below in step 1 and go to the Department of Motor Vehicle (DMV) office.
1. Gather documents
Gather the following documents to apply for your driver’s license:
Apartment Lease Agreement
Official CF transcripts
Social Security Card*
*If you have been issued a U.S. social security number, you must bring your social security card with you. If you do not have a social security number, you must bring a letter from the Social Security Administration indicating that you were never issued a social security number.
Complete details of drivers license identification requirements can be found in the Florida drivers manual.
2. Complete the Drug and Alcohol Awareness (DATA) course
If you have never been issued a drivers license in any state or country, you are required to complete a First Time Driver education course. Florida first time driver courses will teach you how drugs and alcohol affect driving, traffic responsibilities and laws and techniques for safe driving. This course is commonly called the Drug and Alcohol Awareness (DATA) course. After completing the course, you will receive a Certificate of Completion. Print out your certificate and bring it to the DMV office with you. Click for a list of approved online courses.
3. Take the written test
The written test covers Florida road signs and road rules. The written test (also known as the Permit Test) is available online to people under 18. Anyone over the age of 18 must take the written test at a local DMV Office. The written test consists of two sections each with 20 questions. There are 20 questions on road rules and 20 questions on road signs. You must have 15 correct answers in each section to pass. You must have an appointment and bring your documents with you.
4. Take driving test
Once you are ready to take the driving test (also known as the “road test”), make an appointment. On the day of the test, you will need to bring a vehicle with you. The vehicle you bring for your driving test must have a valid tag, proof of insurance, and pass a vehicle inspection. During the driving test, the examiner will observe your ability to control the vehicle and how well you obey traffic laws. You will also take a vision test, pay a driver license fee, and get your picture taken for an drivers license.
Non-U.S. citizens applying for an original driver license will be issued a 30-day, no photo, paper temporary permit and a receipt. Non-U.S. citizens applying for an identification card will be issued a receipt. Upon identity and legal status verification, a driver license will be issued within 30 days from Tallahassee and mailed to the address on the driver record. The license or identification card will be issued for the period of time specified on your I-20, up to a maximum of one year.
DMV Office Location:
Ocala Tax Collector
110 Southeast 25th Avenue
Ocala, FL 34471-9108
8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Phone: 352-368-8200 Call for information about fees.
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