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Obtaining a Driver's License

To obtain a Florida driver's license, you must first make an appointment with the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. For a list of documents needed to obtain a Florida driver's license, visit the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles' GatherGoGet website.

Helpful Hints

  • Make an appointment
    Mid-month generally has more available appointment times than dates at the first or last of the month.
  • Avoid the lunch hour
    Many people try to conduct business at this time. If you need to do this, please be sure to make an appointment.
  • Call several offices
    near you for the earliest appointment. Please make an appointment at only one office.
  • Be prepared
    Bringing the necessary documents can help avoid delays and frustrations.
  • Know office hours
    Most of the offices are open Tuesday-Friday, 7:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. As a result, the offices are busier on Tuesday and Friday.
  • Renew early
    Renewals can be done 18 months before the license's expiration date.

More information for non-U.S. citizens available by visiting the HSMV Web site.

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