Military Service Members & Families
How do I renew
my driver license or ID card when I get deployed?
get any special designation on their license?
your license online?
have a blue sticker on the back of your driver license?
How do I
register my emergency contact information?
How do I renew my driver license or ID card when I get
If your license is
scheduled to expire while you are deployed or stationed outside Florida, you are
encouraged to renew before you deploy or move. Florida drivers
may renew a license up to 18 months prior to the expiration date printed on the
You may renew your license by mail or
online one time between
office visits. In addition, you may order a replacement license at any time if
your address changes or your license is lost.
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Can veterans get any special designation on their
Yes. Honorably discharged veterans have the
opportunity to place a veteran designation on their Florida driver license or
identification card by presenting proof of an honorable discharge from any
branch of the armed forces to a driver license office. The designation will
appear on the license as a ďV ď and there is a one-time fee of $1.00 in addition
to applicable license or identification card fees. The new designation makes it
easier for the veteran to take advantage of discounts or preferences offered by
various retailers by simply presenting an official state driver license or
Proof of an honorable discharge can be either
of the following and photocopies are acceptable:
DD Form 214
Verification of Service letter from the
United States Department of Veteran Affairs
DD Form 2 Military Retired ID Card
100% Disabled Veteran Card or Letter
Proof of veteran status documents issued
before 1950 may be accepted with or without verbiage indicating the customer
was honorably discharged.
Veterans who need to obtain a copy of their
DD-214 may request it through the National Archives, which provides information
on how to make the request online at
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Canít renew your license online?
If you are not eligible to renew online and hold a Class E driver license, you
may be eligible to receive a military extension card that extends the expiration
date of the license you currently hold until 90 days after you permanently
return to Florida or are discharged from the military. You may delay the
purchase of a driver license renewal by requesting this free extension card.
Click here to download an
application. If you have a Commercial Driver License, your license must be
renewed, we cannot extend Commercial licenses. If you are interested in renewing
your license by mail, click
here and select Military
Personnel-Need Florida License from the menu to request a renewal
packet be sent to you by mail or e-mail.
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Do you have a blue sticker on the back of your driver license?
If your current license has a blue sticker on the back, you are encouraged to
visit a driver license office before you deploy or move out-of-state to obtain a
new license with a digital image. You must visit a driver license office for
license renewal or replacement. Be sure to bring the
required documents. Please click here
schedule an appointment at a driver license office convenient to you.
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How do I register my emergency contact information?
By registering your emergency contacts into the Florida Department of Highway
Safety and Motor Vehiclesí Emergency Contact Information system, you provide law
enforcement officials with information on who they should contact during an
emergency, such as a crash. The Department stores the information in a secure
database that only law enforcement officers can access.
Even if you previously registered your contacts, we recommend that you update
the registry if your contacts change or if they move or change their phone
number. Not only should service members make sure to register your emergency
contacts, but also itís a good idea to make sure loved ones update their
information as well, especially during a deployment if the service member is the
Click here to register your emergency
Anyone who has a Florida driver license or ID card can register his/her
emergency contact information in the system. Children as young as five years old
are eligible for a Florida ID card.
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Driver License E-Mail:
Telephone: (813) 635-5200, Fax: (813) 612-6707
Under Florida law, e-mail addresses are
public records. If you do not want your e-mail address released in
response to a public-records request, do not send electronic mail to this
entity. Instead, contact this office by phone or in writing.
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Page URL: http://www.hillstax.org/motor/driverlicense/DL_Military.asp