Identification Cards in Florida

Florida ID Cards

In Florida, ID cards are issued by the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV) Division of Driver Licenses office. An ID card proves your age, identity, or residence in many everyday activities.

We'll help you learn how to apply for a Florida ID card, renewing or replacing a lost ID card, fees and changing your name or address.

Florida REAL ID Cards

The Florida DHSMV began issuing federally-compliant REAL ID driver’s licenses in 2010. REAL IDs allow you to use your license for domestic travel and entry into federal and military buildings. For details on FL REAL IDs, see the DHSMV's guide and FAQs.

Florida ID Card Eligibility Requirements

The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV) offers REAL ID-compliant identification cards to residents who are 5 years old or older.

There are a few other requirements to apply for an ID card in Florida. You must:

  • Cancel any out-of-state license.
  • NOT already hold a FL driver's license.

NOTE: You cannot simultaneously hold a Florida driver's license and an identification card.

Applying for a Florida ID Card

The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV) requires you to apply for your Florida ID card in person at a Division of Driver Licenses.

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The DHSMV encourages you to make an appointment online before your office visit—that way, you don't have to wait in a stand-by line!

To do so, make an appointment online using the DHSMV's OASIS online service before visiting a nearby Division of Driver Licenses office and provide:

  • Proof of identity (1 document).
    • For non-U.S. citizens, please see “Non-U.S. Citizen FL ID Requirements" below.
  • Social Security card.
    • If you do not have a Social Security number, the DHSMV requires that you bring a letter from the Social Security Administration indicating you were never issued one, plus an acceptable document proving your identity.
  • Proof of FL residency (2 documents).
  • Payment for the $25 FL ID card fee.

The DHSMV's GatherGoGet page has a list of all acceptable documentation.

Non-U.S. Citizen FL ID Requirements

You must provide 1 document (original or certified copy) to establish your identity, in addition to all other documents listed above for U.S. citizens. However, your identity document may be different, as you will not be able to provide a U.S. birth certificate or passport.

A few examples of acceptable documents for non-U.S. citizens include:

  • A valid, unexpired Permanent Resident Card—I-551 for Lawful Permanent Residents.
  • A valid passport for non-immigrants (excluding asylum applicants and refugees).
  • Department of Homeland Security document (showing proof of lawful presence).

The DHSMV provides a complete list of acceptable primary identification documents, or you can visit the GatherGoGet website to create your own customized list of documents.

Florida ID Card Fees

The costs for an identification card in Florida are as follows:

  • Original ID card: $25.
  • Renewal: $25.
    • Late fee for expired license: $15.
  • Duplicate ID card: $25.
  • Address change: $25.
  • Tax Collector office additional service fee: $6.25.

Renew Your Florida ID Card

You may renew your Florida ID card online or in person at a Division of Driver Licenses office. Customers currently without REAL ID-compliant ID cards must renew in person and get their upgraded credentials.

Replace Your Florida ID Card

You may be eligible to replace your Florida ID card online or in person at any driver license office. If you don't currently have a REAL ID card, you'll need to replace your ID in person.

IMPORTANT: Non-REAL ID Cards

If you DO NOT currently hold a REAL ID-compliant card, you'll need to replace your ID in person.

If your ID was stolen, the replacement fee will be waived if you provide a copy of a police report. The fee to replace your FL ID is $25. You will pay an additional $2 convenience fee if you replace your ID online.

If you are out of state and your identification card has been lost or stolen, please visit our page on Replacing a Lost License in Florida.

Online Replacement

To replace your ID card online, visit the GoRenew website and provide:

  • Primary identification.
    • This is usually your FL ID number; if you have lost it or do not know what it is, you must replace your ID in person.
  • Date of birth.
  • Last 4 digits of your Social Security number.

In-Person Replacement

The Division of Driver Licenses office will ask to see proof of your identity, Social Security number, and residential address. You will have to pay a replacement fee of $25.

Check out Applying for a Florida ID Card for examples of acceptable documents to provide. Payment option vary by office so it is important to check to see what kinds of payment your local office accepts.

Changing Your FL ID Card Information

Need to change your address or name displayed on your Florida identification card? Choose your scenario below to find out the steps to follow.

Out-of-State or Military ID Cards in FL

Florida military members, whether residents of FL or not, may use the steps listed above to apply for a Florida ID card.

If you're temporarily out of state and your Florida ID card is due to expire, you may renew online if your last renewal was completed in person. Please note that your identification card will be sent to the address on file with the DHSMV.

If you are out of state and your ID card has been lost or stolen, please visit our page on Replacing a Lost License in Florida.

U.S. Military Veteran: Special Designation

Veterans living in Florida may add a veteran designation to their Florida state ID cards. A “V" notation will display on the right side of the card.

To add the “V" to a Florida ID card, veterans can:

  • Visit any Division of Driver Licenses office.
  • Present a DD-214, showing an honorable discharge from active duty.
  • Pay a one-time $1 fee, in addition to the $25 replacement or renewal identification card fee.

To obtain a copy of your DD-214, submit an online request through the National Archives.

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