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Driver's License Issuance Procedures for Non-U.S. Citizens

Before applying for your Florida Driver License or ID card, please be sure all of the information on your documents (listed below) is consistent with the way it appears in your passport. Please be sure page 3 of your I-20 has been signed by a DSO. If you have any questions, please contact The Office of International Programs.

For an original driver license or ID card, Florida law requires identification, proof of date of birth, proof of residential address and proof of social security number from all customers before a driver license or ID card can be issued. The name assigned to the social security number must match the name that will appear on the driver license or ID card. If you have recently changed your name, you must update your records with the Social Security Administration before you can apply for your license or ID card. If you do not have a social security number, please refer to the following page for a list of alternate documents.

All applicants must show proof that they have completed a traffic law and substance abuse education course and will be required to pass vision and hearing tests, road rules and road sign tests, plus a driving test. The 4-Hour Drug & Alcohol (DATA) course can be taken online at for $29.95 and a certificate of completion will be mailed to you.

Non-U.S. citizens applying for an original driver license will be issued a 30-day, no photo, paper temporary permit and a receipt. Non-U.S. citizens applying for an ID card will be issued a receipt. All records are transmitted to a database in Tallahassee, where the information will be examined and run against FDLE, FBI and USCIS databases.

Upon identity and legal status verification, a driver license or ID card will be issued within 30 days from Tallahassee and mailed to the address on the driver record. The license or ID card will be issued for the period of time specified on the USCIS document, up to a maximum of one year. If a problem is detected, a denial of issuance letter will be mailed to the applicant.

Non- U.S. citizens holding a driver license or ID card who need a renewal or replacement driver license or ID card must apply in person at a driver license office and present the required supporting documents.

If you do not have the required documents showing legal presence, your driver license or ID card will be retained and a receipt issued. If you have an unexpired driver license, you will be issued a 30-day temporary permit. When you return with the required documentation, you will be processed for a renewal or replacement license and the expiration date will be changed to the expiration date on your USCIS document, but not for a term greater than one year.

Each non-U.S. citizen renewing or applying for a new driver license or ID card must submit the following:

Identification (must provide either one of the following): 
  • Employment authorization card (I-766) or
  • Proof of nonimmigrant classification (all of the following):
    • Form I-94, not expired. You can print out your I-94 information from the website:
    • Passport
    • I-20 or DS-2019
  • Canadian Citizens must provide one of the following:
    • Valid Canadian passport
    • Canadian Naturalization Certificate
    • Original or certified Canadian birth certificate
    • Canadian Certificate of Citizenship

Proof of Social Security Number
  • Social Security card
    If you do not have a Social Security Number you must provide one of the following: 
  • A driver license from the District of Columbia, U.S. Territories or one of the 50 US states
  • Immigration form I-571
  • Marriage certificate
  • Receipt copy of your last Florida driver license issuance
  • Government issued out-of-country passport, driver license or identification card
  • School record stating date of birth, which must contain United States military or military dependent identification card 
  • Florida license record or identification card record 
  • An identification card from the District of Columbia, U.S. Territories or one of our 50 states
  • Florida Vehicle Registration certificate (HSMV 83399, owner’s copy) obtained from the tax collector’s office where the customer’s vehicle was registered, Florida, or out-of-state registration certificate, if name and date of birth are shown

Proof of residential address (must provide two of the following): 

  • A letter from the Office of International Programs on letterhead stating campus address
  • Educational institution transcript forms for the current school year
  • Florida Vehicle Registration or title
  • A utility hook up or work order dated within 60 days of the application
  • Medical or health card with address listed
  • Mail from federal, state, county or city government agencies
  • Automobile payment booklet
  • Enrollment certification from the Registrar’s Office stating campus address
  • Unexpired professional license issued by a government agency in the U.S.
  • W-2 form or 1099 form
  • Form DS2019, Certificate of Eligibility for Exchange Visitor (J-1) status
  • Utility bills, not more than two months old
  • Mail from financial institutions; including checking, savings or investment account statements, not more than two months old

Driver's License Office
4100 W. M.L. King, Jr. Blvd.
Tampa, FL 33614-7090
(813) 871-7375
Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
To make an appointment:
Cash, Check, MasterCard, Discover Card or American Express Accepted 

Florida Department of Motor Vehicles