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    New Florida Residents

    From applying for a new driver’s license, to registering your car, if you’re a new resident to the state of Florida, you can find the information you need using this handy guide.

    Vehicles in Florida

    If you have a vehicle you’re bringing into Florida from out of state, you’ll need to have it registered with the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV) and obtain relevant license plates.

    FL Vehicle Registration

    In the state of Florida, your vehicle is required to be registered within 10 days of when you either:

    • Become employed.
    • Place your children in public school.
      OR
    • Establish residency in the state.

    For more information please, visit our Car Registration in Florida page.

    Special Vehicle Registration

    If you’re looking to register a boat, recreational vehicle (RV), moped, or other unique vehicle, please refer to our Florida Special Vehicle Registration page.

    Car Insurance in Florida

    The FL DHSMV requires you to have valid car insurance before you can register your car. To learn your new state's minimum requirements and get the best value for your personal needs, please refer to our page on Car Insurance in Florida.

    Vehicle inspections in Florida

    The State of Florida abolished their previous auto emissions test for all vehicles. They do, however, offer some incentives for eco-friendly driving. You can find additional information about this topic on our page detailing Car Inspections in Florida.

    FL Driver’s Licenses and ID Cards

    Once you’ve moved, you must obtain a Florida driver’s license within 10 days of becoming a resident. If you fail to drive with a valid Florida driver's license after this time, you could risk receiving a fine if you're pulled over by law enforcement.

    Adult Florida Driver’s License

    If you have a valid out-of-state driver’s license, you will usually be able to easily convert it over to a Florida license.

    For more information, visit our  Applying for a New License (Drivers 18+) page.

    Teen Drivers

    If you’re under 18 years old and wish to drive in Florida, you can find everything you need to know on our page about Applying for a New License (Teen Drivers).

    If you have an out-of-state learner’s permit, you may be eligible to transfer it for a FL learner’s license.

    Florida Identification Cards

    If you’re new to Florida but don’t drive and just need to obtain an ID card, you can find the information you need on our Florida Identification Cards page.

    Voter Registration in Florida

    If you’ve just moved to Florida and wish to vote in the next election, you will need to re-register within the state. Your out-of-state voter registration does not automatically transfer to Florida when you move. Refer to our FL Voter Registration page.

    Find Your Local Florida DMV

    Florida DHSMV offices are abundant throughout the state. If you’re unsure of where your closest branch is, you can find it by using our handy DMV Office Finder. You may also find some other helpful information using these following resources:

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