What Counts as Proof of Residency in Florida?

When applying for a Florida driver’s license, you may use tax returns, bank statements, and more to prove you are a permanent resident and occupy a legal residence.
Written by Kianna Walpole
Edited by R.E. Fulton
If you want to obtain a
Florida driver’s license
, you'll need proof of resident status and potential additional documentation when applying at the Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV). Be sure to check the FLHSMV website to see what classifies as proof of residency and identity by the state of
when applying for a Florida identification card. 
  • According to Florida statutes, proof of residency for a Florida driver’s license can include income tax forms, bank statements, or a signed and completed vehicle registration form.
  • Documents that do not count as proof of residency by Florida law are out-of-state or old in-state driver’s licenses, medical or health cards, or expired IDs.
  • Proof of identity will vary depending on whether you’re from the US, Canada, or an outside country.

What documents can be used as proof of residency in Florida? 

There are a few differences in what you may be able to use as proof of residency, depending on the type of license you are seeking enrollment for. 
Most people will need a Class E license or
learner’s permit
. Those applying for a commercial learner’s permit (CLP) or commercial driver’s license (CDL) have a few more options. 
The following documents will serve as proof of residency documentation for a Class E license
  • Florida voter registration card
  • Florida vehicle registration or title
  • Deed, mortgage, monthly mortgage statement, or rental/lease agreement 
  • Utility bill, or a utility hook-up or work order (dated within 60 days prior to application) 
  • Automobile payment booklet
  • Current permanent home insurance policy or bill
  • Current automobile insurance policy or bill
  • Selective service card
  • Medical or health card if the address is listed
  • School transcripts for the current year
  • Bank statements from a financial institution 
  • Government-issued professional license (cannot be expired)
  • W-2 or 1099 tax form
  • Form DS2019, Certificate of Eligibility for Exchange Visitor (J-1) status
  • A letter from a homeless shelter, transitional service provider, or half-way house to confirm they receive individual’s mail, accompanied by a
    Certification of Address
  • Mail from federal, state, county, or city government agencies
  • FDLE registration form completed by local sheriff’s department
You will need to bring two different required documentation pieces from the above list to provide sufficient proof of a primary residence. Claimants such as minors or those who may not have accounts or property in their name can use a parent’s or legal guardian’s information instead. 
Those who wish to get a
CDL or CLP license
, prospective drivers will need two proofs of residence from List A, or one proof from List A and one from List B. 
List A:  
  • Recent cellular or landline telephone bill (must be dated within the last 60 days)
  • Recent internet service provider bill (must be dated within the last 60 days)
  • A recent lease or rental agreement for the residence with a term of 6 months or greater in the name of the driver (must be dated within the last six months)
  • Latest property tax bill
  • Current utility bill
  • Current homeowner’s insurance policy or bill (declaration of domicile)
  • Current Florida voter registration card
  • Florida vehicle or vessel registration or title
List B
  • Recent official government documents
  • Recent pay stub (from the last 60 days)
  • Recent credit card statement (from the last 60 days)
  • Recent bank statement (from the last 60 days)
  • Latest W-2 form or 1099 form (from the last 6 months)
  • Latest military orders
Florida allows you to use printouts or faxes for residential documents, but your name must match on every proof. If you have recently changed your name, be sure to change it with the Social Security Administration before attempting to get your driver’s license. 

What documents do not qualify as proof of Florida residence? 

You can’t bring just anything to the DMV with your name on it and expect it to work. Some documents won’t qualify as valid proof of residence. 
These include: 
  • Current out-of-state driver’s license
  • Current ID card
  • Personal mail 
  • Medical or health cards without an address
  • Other forms of ID without an address (such as work IDs, student IDs, etc.)
  • Expired IDs or documents 
If you’re in doubt, call ahead to the DMV and ask—or stick to the official list. 

Proof of identity for different citizenships 

Your proof of identity documents will depend on your citizenship. There are four categories (U.S. citizen, immigrant, non-immigrant, and Canadian) that affect what documents will serve as proof of identity. 
U.S. Citizen
  • U.S. birth certificate (includes District of Columbia and some U.S. territories)
  • U.S. passport or passport card 
  • Consular Report of Birth Abroad
  • Certificate of Naturalization
  • Certificate of Citizenship
  • Valid green card (form I-551)
  • I-551 stamp in passport or on I-94
  • Asylum order (with admissions number)
  • I-797 asylum order 
  • I-797, or another form from the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) with approved refugee status
  • Valid employment authorization card issued by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) form I-688B or I-766
  • Proof of non-immigrant classification (DHS form I-94) with required supporting documents (must be valid for more than 30 days)
  • Valid travel document/refugee permit (I-571) 
  • Parole letter (I-512)
  • Asylum court order or removal cancellation 
  • Valid Canadian passport
  • Birth certificate (original or certified)
  • Canadian naturalization certificate
  • Canadian citizenship certificate 
Keep in mind: You only need one of these documents for proof of identification in Florida, but it must be the original copy. Members of each category will also need proof of their social security number. 


You can drive in the state of Florida for up to 30 days (or a one month period) with a foreign license before you will have to apply for a Florida issued ID. 
In Florida, you must live in the Sunshine State for at least 183 days (or 6 consecutive months) before you can prove residency and accessibility. Remember, that any time spent in Florida can count as a day.
Currently only
Florida license renewals
, replacements, or address changes can be completed online through the FLHSMV. To register a new Florida license, you will need to visit your local Florida DMV. 
When claiming Florida residency for tuition purposes as a dependent student, proof of residency can include:
  • Florida voter’s registration card
  • Florida ID and driver’s license
  • Florida vehicle registration
  • Proof of permanent home in Florida for 12 consecutive months prior to enrolment 
  • Proof of homestead exemption in Florida
  • Proof of full-time employment in Florida 
  • Documentation of family ties in Florida
  • Proof of membership to a Florida-based charity or organization
  • Official transcript from Florida high school for 2 or more years, only if the high school diploma or GED was earned in past 12 months
For a full list of documentation requirements, please contact your Florida college for more information.
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