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Out-of-State
Driver License/ID Card
Transfer to Florida
Need to transfer your out-of-state driver license or ID card to Florida?  Follow these 6 easy steps!
 
To transfer your driver license/ID card to Florida from another US State or US Territory (Puerto Rico, Guam, etc.), because of the US Federal Real ID Act (https://www.dhs.gov/real-id), EVERYONE must present the documents listed below the first time he or she obtains a driver license or ID card even if your out-of-state driver license/ID card is Real ID Compliant or you previously had a driver license/ID card in Florida.
 
1.  Appointments & Application REQUIRED / Office Locations
 
Appointments are REQUIRED for all transactions! Visit taxcollector.com to schedule an appointment.  We only serve Manatee County residents. Individual appointments are required for each person for all transactions.  For example, a married couple who have two children – all four are getting driver licenses – four separate appointments would be required (one for each person).
 
An Online Application is REQUIRED for all transactions! To complete your driver license or ID card transaction at one of our offices, you must complete the Online Driver License & ID Card Application (https://taxcollector.jotform.com/210103795736152  – or scan the QR code to access the application – prior to your appointment. Do not print the application; an associate will access your electronic submission during your appointment. Applications are valid for 90 days. We have three convenient offices to serve you: Our DeSoto Office (located closest to the Island, West and Central Bradenton), our Lakewood Ranch Office (located closest to Lakewood Ranch and East Manatee County), and our North River Office (located closest to Palmetto, Ellenton, and Parrish).
 
2.  Proof of Citizenship or Legal Presence (Identity) – Bring One
 
Bring one of the following documents for proof of your citizenship or legal presence (identity):
3.  Proof of Name Change (if applicable) – Bring ALL
 
If your current name is different than your name as listed on your proof of citizenship/legal presence, bring all that apply for proof of your legal name change (if applicable):
Note: You must report any name change to Social Security at least 48 hours before visiting our office so that your name verifies in the State driver license system and the Social Security Administration’s database.
 
4.  Proof of Residential Address – Bring Two
 
Bring two documents for proof of your residential address – it cannot be a PO Box. The documents must show your name and your residential address.
 
Refer to the Commercial Driver License publication for requirements specific to CDL holders.
 
5.  Proof of Social Security Number – Bring One
 
Sections 322.051 and 322.08, Florida Statutes, require customers to present proof of social security number (SSN). Proof must list full name and full SSN. Bring one of the following documents for proof of your SSN:
Note: You must report any name change to Social Security at least 48 hours before visiting our office so that your name verifies in the State driver license system and the Social Security Administration’s database.
 
6.  Bring Your Out-of-State Driver License or ID Card
 
You will surrender your out-of-state driver license/ID card to our office when you obtain your Florida driver license or ID card. Because of the US Federal Real ID Act, you may only retain one credential – either a driver license or ID card, not both. You also cannot have driver licenses or ID cards from multiple US States or US Territories.
 
Please Note: If your driver license has been expired for more than one (1) year, you may be required to complete additional testing.
 
If your out-of-state driver license or ID card is lost/stolen, you must schedule an appointment at our Driver License Office at 904 301 Blvd. W. in Bradenton – this is the only office that can process these transactions. This office will attempt to verify you have been issued an out-of-state driver license or ID card, but there may be delays in receiving this confirmation from the State that issued your driver license or ID card. Please allow 3-5 days after you visit for the verification and for the issuance of a Florida driver license or ID card. In addition, in cases where you have lost your out of state license or ID card, additional documentation may be required to be obtained by you to be presented to our office, including but not limited to: a driving transcript from your home state; a law enforcement fingerprint scan (RAPID ID); other documents as necessary. For additional information on what is required when your driver license or ID card is lost/stolen, refer to our Original & Lost Out-of-State Driver License publication.

 
Acceptable Methods of Payment and Estimated Fees
 
We accept cash, check, debit cards, and credit cards. A $2.50 processing fee for debit cards and a 2.5% processing fee (minimum of $2.50) for credit cards will apply. Our office does not retain any portion of this fee.
 
Estimate of fees for transferring your out-of-state driver license or ID card to Florida:
 
Driver License.......................................$54.25              ID Card.............................$31.25
Commercial Driver License*................$81.25          Endorsements..................$7.00 (each)
 
*All Commercial Driver License (CDL) transactions (including questions) are processed at our Driver License Office only.

 
Add US Military Veteran Designation to your Driver License or ID Card
 
If you are Veteran of the US military, bring proof of your Honorable Discharge (e.g. a copy of your DD-214, Veteran Identification Card issued by US Department of Veterans Affairs, etc.) and we will add this designation to your driver license or ID card. There is no additional cost to add this designation when transferring your driver license or ID card to Florida. Visit our Military Benefits page on taxcollector.com to view additional benefits.

 
How to Obtain Records – Birth Certificates, Divorce Decrees, Marriage Certificates, etc.
 
Nationwide records accessVitalChek (https://www.vitalchek.com) a private company, sells the following certificates nationwide: 
Although we don’t “officially” endorse this company and there are other competitors on the internet, customers have told us that they have obtained their records from this company when they were in a time crunch. (It is also the official 3rd party provider recommended by the Florida Department of Health.)
 
Florida records access – For anyone born in Florida needing birth certificate records from any of Florida’s 67 counties, the Florida Department of Health in Manatee County (http://manatee.floridahealth.gov/certificates/birth/index.html) has access to them. Even if you were born in another county, the local office can access and print most birth certificates for persons born anywhere in Florida.

 
Out-of-State Driver Licenses with Suspensions/Revocations/Unpaid Tickets and Other Issues
 
Each person attempting to receive a Florida driver license is checked against a national driver registry to determine if the person has a valid out-of-state license and whether or not they have unpaid tickets or unresolved driving issues in any state. Advances in computer systems are increasingly discovering more and more issues, some of which may have occurred years ago. Ensure all of your issues are resolved before visiting our office. Each visit to our office where we check this system costs the customer at least $6.25 and, when issues are found, delays the issuance of your driver license.

 
Non-Manatee County Residents
 
Our offices are open by appointment only for Manatee County residents/businesses only.  All out-of-county residents must visit their home county for information and processing.  To find a location visit flhsmv.gov/locations.

OOSDLTransfer – Last Update: 10/06/2022