Military Service Members & Family

Driver License Information

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The Hillsborough County Tax Collector's office values the men and women serving in the armed forces and their families.

Providing excellent customer service is our primary focus and we make every effort to ensure our military service members and their families are provided with all the necessary information required to make their transition as easy as possible.

 

Important Information

Deployed and need to renew your driver license
  • 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 license. If you are out-of-state with a digital image license (does not have a blue sticker or no-photo), and interested in renewing your license by mail, click here and select Military Personnel-Need Florida License from the drop-down menu to request a renewal packet be sent to you by mail or e-mail.
  • If you are out-of-state with a digital image license (does not have a blue sticker or no-photo), and interested in renewing your license by mail, click here and select Military Personnel-Need Florida License from the drop-down menu to request a renewal packet be sent to you by mail or e-mail.
 
Special Veteran Designation on your Fl Driver License
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 “V “ 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 identification card. 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 www.archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records/.
 
Does your driver license have a blue sticker on the back?
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 found at Gather Go Get. Please  schedule an appointment at a driver license office convenient to you.
Renew your driver 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. 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, select Military Personnel-Need Florida License from the menu to request a renewal packet be sent to you by mail or e-mail.
Register your emergency contact information.
By registering your emergency contacts into the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles’ 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 it’s a good idea to make sure loved ones update their information as well, especially during a deployment if the service member is the emergency contact. Click here to register your emergency contact information. 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.