Renewing Your License in Florida

To renew your Florida driver's license:

For eligibility requirements and other renewal options, continue reading!

Driver's License Renewal in Florida

You must renew your FL driver's license before it expires if you plan to continue driving in the state.

For information about renewing your Florida commercial driver license (CDL) or FL state ID cards, you can visit our Renewing Your CDL in Florida or Identification Cards in Florida pages.

REAL ID License Renewals

The FL DHSMV complies with the REAL ID Act in order to meet federal requirements. Its REAL ID-compliant licenses allow their holders to board domestic flights or enter federal facilities.

If you currently hold a non-compliant FL driver's license, you will be required to bring a series of identification documents to your local FL DMV driver license office when you renew your FL driver's license. Details are below.

When to Renew Your FL Driver's License

Before your license expires, the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV) will mail you a renewal notice telling you that it's time to renew. The DHSMV allows you to renew your valid FL driver's license up to 18 months before the expiration date.

  • Your FL driver's license will be valid for 8 years at a time.
  • If you're 80 years old or older, your FL driver license will be valid for 6 years and you'll be required to pass a vision test to renew it.

Your eligibility will differ from the above if your license is:

  • Expired.
  • Suspended or revoked.
  • Missing or damaged.

See the options below if any of these pertain to you.

FL License Renewal Options & Steps

REAL ID-Compliant Renewals

If you currently hold a non-compliant FL driver's license, you're required to make switch to the new REAL ID driver's licenses.

To become REAL ID-compliant in Florida, you must bring a series of identification documents in person to your local FL DMV driver license office when you renew. For a complete list, visit the Florida DHSMV document guide.

You can renew your FL driver license online or in person at your local Florida DMV office. You cannot renew your driver's license in Florida by phone or by mail**.

See each option below for details on how to renew.

**Military members: Please see the Out-of-State Military Members section below for your options.

Vision Testing

If you're 80 years old or older, you must pass a vision test when you renew your FL driver license. You may have your vision test administered by a medical doctor, osteopathic physician, or an optometrist.

Your doctor must complete the Mature Driver Vision Test (Form HSMV 72119) and submit it to the FL DHSMV. If you pass the vision test, you may proceed with your FL driver's license renewal. Otherwise, you must visit a FL licensed eye specialist and complete a Report of Eye Exam (Form HSMV 72010).

NOTE: Vision tests administered by out-of-state doctors are not accepted.

Out-of-State Military Members

IMPORTANT: Military Stationed in Germany

If you are currently stationed in Germany, please be aware that some states require you to have a valid U.S. driver's license in addition to your USAREUR license. Read our article for more information.

If you're a FL military member stationed outside of Florida, you can:

  • Renew your FL driver's license online or by mail up to 18 months in advance.
    OR
  • Apply for an extension.

Choose your option below for details.

License Renewal Fees in FL

  • Class E driver's license renewal fee: $48.
  • Late fee: $15 (in addition to renewal fee).
  • Florida skills retest: $20.
  • Florida knowledge retest: $10.
  • Tax Collector Additional Service fee: $6.25.

Accepted Payment Methods

All Florida state-sponsored DHSMV service centers accept the following payment options:

  • Cash.
  • Check.
  • MasterCard.
  • Discover Card.
  • American Express.
  • VISA.

For online transactions, payment must be made by credit/debit card only.

Contact your local FL DMV driver license office for more information about acceptable payment methods.

Forms

HSMV 72010
Report of Eye Exam
Required if you fail your vision test when applying for OR renewing a Florida driver's license or permit. Must be completed by an eye doctor.
HSMV 73032
Military Personnel and Dependents Affidavit and Driver License Extension Application
Form for military members, spouses, and dependents to request an extension on driver's license renewal from the FL DHSMV.
HSMV 72119
Mature Driver Vision Test
Submit this form if you're a mature driver and require an eye exam as part of renewing your Florida driver's license. Must be completed by an eye doctor.

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