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Out-of-State Driver License

If you surrender a valid (not suspended/revoked/cancelled) non-commercial driver license from another state, you will not be required to take written or driving skill exams to obtain a Florida license.

If you surrender a valid learner’s permit from another state, you will receive a Florida learner’s permit (must be at least 15 years old.) A driving skills (road test) exam will be required to upgrade the permit to a full Class E driver license. 

Out of state commercial driver license (CDL) holders, please view our commercial driver license page for information on obtaining a CDL in Florida.

You cannot hold a license or ID in two states at once. Obtaining a Florida driver license or ID card will cancel any other state-issued license or ID.

Standard document requirements must be met for all applicants, even if you already hold a Real ID compliant out-of-state driver license.

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Out-of-Country Driver License

If you are a visitor holding a valid out-of-country license you are not required to obtain a Florida driver license unless you are becoming a permanent Florida resident.

Those who present an out-of-country license for first-time Florida license issuance are exempt from completing the Traffic Law Substance Abuse Education (4-hour drug and alcohol) course; however, not all written and driving skill exams are exempted. For clarification on which exams are necessary, please contact us online or call our office at 239.533.6000.

Standard document requirements must be met for all applicants, even if you hold an out-of-country license.

Those applying for a license will be issued a temporary driving permit (en español) (an kreyòl). The permit should be carried with photo identification until the hard card comes in the mail. Please wait until the last week the permit is valid to return to our office. That should allow enough time for the license to be approved and mailed from the Florida Department of highway Safety and Motor Vehicles.

Canadian Driver License

Canadian citizens have the option of retaining their Canadian driver license in addition to a Florida driver license. However, if you choose to retain your Canadian driver license you must take and pass both the written and driving skill exams.

If you choose to surrender your license, all exams will be exempted. View our first-time drivers page for more information on testing requirements.

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