Renewing Your Florida Drivers License
In the state of Florida, Class E (non-commercial) driver licenses are valid for 8 years. You are allowed to renew your license up to 18 months before it expires, and you will pay a renewal fee of $48.
How Do I Renew My License?
If you hold a Florida driver license that was issued in 2002 or later, you can renew in one of three ways:
- In person at your local driver license office
- By mail
Am I Eligible to Renew my Florida Drivers License Online?
Not everyone can renew their Florida driver license online. Florida drivers are allowed a one-time “convenience” renewal (meaning renewing online or by mail), but if you have already used one of these methods, you will be required to to renew a Florida drivers license in person. You will also be required to renew in person if you legally changed your name (including name changes due to marriage and divorce).
When you renew online, you can pay with an American Express, MasterCard, Visa, or Discover card.
What Do I Need to Bring If I Renew in Person?
When you visit the driver license office, you will need to bring identification with you, in addition to proof of the following:
- Date of birth
- Social Security number
- Residential address
Acceptable Documents: Proof of Date of Birth
You must provide one original or certified copy of one of the following documents:
- U.S. Birth Certificate
- Valid U.S. Passport (or Passport Card)
- Certificate of Naturalization
- Certificate of Citizenship
- Consular Report of Birth Abroad
Acceptable Documents: Proof of Social Security Number
You are required to provide one of these documents for Florida drivers license renewal, which must show your full name and Social Security number:
- Social Security card
- W-2 form
- SSA 1099
- Any 1099 that is not handwritten
Acceptable Documents: Proof of Residential Address
A stipulation of Florida license renewal is providing proof of your residential address. You must provide two different documents from this list:
- Monthly mortgage statement
- Florida Voter Registration card
- Medical or health card (which shows address)
- School transcript forms for the current school year
- W-2 form
- Selective Service card
What If I’m in the Military?
If you are stationed outside of Florida and your citizenship is established on your driving record, you can apply online. You also have the option to request an extension of your driver license. Once you complete it, you can then:
- Email it to CSC-Corr@flhsmv.gov, or
- Fax it to (850) 617-3985, or
- Mail it to:Customer Service Center
2900 Apalachee Pkwy, MS 99
Tallahassee, FL 32399
After your request is processed, you will get a free extension card. This card will keep your Class E license valid up until 90 days after you are discharged from military service. You must keep this card with your driver license.
What Happens If I Don’t Renew Before My License Expires?
If you don’t renew your Florida driver license before it expires, you will have to pay an additional “delinquent fee” when you actually do renew it. That’s why it’s important to always renew on time!