New Documents Required to Get Florida Driver's License

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Florida's effort to help you obtain all the documents you need for a license is called "Gather, Go get."
TAMPA (2009-12-30) -

As of Jan. 1, getting or renewing your Florida driver’s license or state ID card will become much more complicated.

Federal standards go into effect requiring more documentation to prove your identity, social security number and address.

To prove your identity, you will need a valid passport or an original birth certificate. If your name has changed since birth (say, because you got married) you’ll need a marriage certificate or other documentation.

You can prove their social security number with the card itself or a W-2 form or pay stub from your employer.

And proving your residency requires two pieces of evidence, such as utility bills or a voter registration card.

The impetus for these changes is the federal Real ID Act, passed by Congress in 2005.

Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles spokesman Dave Westberry says the program's aim is to create a unified ID verification system with heightened security.

"What you're looking for is a way to reduce fraud, help protect against identity theft and to do everything you possibly can to ensure that the ID cards and driver licenses, which are the foundation for identity verification in our country, that those documents are as secure as they possibly can be," he said.

For more information and for a checklist of documents you'll need, go to

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