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What You’ll Need To Bring with You To Get Your Florida Learner’s Permit

As many states are tightening up their requirements for driver licensing, the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles has also recently followed suit.  Florida teens who are looking to get their first learner’s permit should take note of the documents that will now be accepted as proof of identity or residential address so that they will not waste a trip to their local driver license office.

First, proof of your social security number (if issued) can be presented through any of the following documents:

  1. Social Security card
  2. Tax return
  3. W-2 form
  4. Pay check
  5. DD-214
  6. School record

DHSMV will not accept any passports, permanent resident cards or employment authorization cards that are not valid, or are expired. Also, they will not accept driver licenses or identification cards issued by other states as primary identification, although these documents might still be accepted as a secondary form of documentation to reciprocate driving privileges.

Proof of residential address MUST be submitted. Some of the documents that will be accepted as proof of residential address include the following:

  1. Florida Voter Registration Card
  2. Florida Vehicle Registration or Title
  3. Florida Boat Registration or Title (if living on a boat/houseboat)
  4. A statement from a parent, step-parent or legal guardian of an applicant. The parent or guardian must reside at the same residence address, accompany the applicant and present “Proof of Residence Address”
  5. Automobile Payment Booklet
  6. Selective Service Card
  7. Medical or health card with address listed
  8. Current automobile insurance policy or bill
  9. Educational institution transcript forms for the current school year
  10. W-2 form or 1099 for

The DHSMV official website provides Florida driver license applicants with the complete list of documents that are acceptable for proof of residential address.

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