How to Replace Your ID in Florida

replacing your ID in Florida

There are many reasons for replacing an ID card, and if you live in Florida you have multiple options for how to do this.

Why Replace Your Florida ID Card or Driver’s License?

There are many reasons you may need to replace your Florida ID card, including:

  • Losing an existing ID 

  • Needing to register a change of address

  • Replacing your Florida ID card with a REAL ID card, required for travel or entering certain facilities

  • Renewing an expired card

  • Recording a name change

  • Replacing a stolen card

  • Adding a driving endorsement or designation

Florida ID cards and driver’s licenses must be renewed every eight years. Look at the front of your card to find its expiration date. You may renew up to 18 months before this date. If you move, you are required to make the change of address on your ID within 30 days of moving.

When replacing an ID card or driver’s license because of a name change, you must first report the change to the Social Security Administration, and then present your marriage certificate when you apply for your replacement card.

If you lose your Florida ID card or driver’s license before it expires, you can get a replacement card. In some cases, you can apply for a replacement online. In other cases, you must go in-person to a Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FDHSMV) service center and apply for a new ID card or license there.

Replace Your Florida ID Online

If your current Florida ID or license is REAL ID compliant, you may be able to replace your card online. Look on your ID card for a gold star, which indicates the card is REAL ID compliant. If your card does not have this symbol, you must get a replacement card at an FDHSMV service center.

If you are eligible to renew or replace your Florida ID card online, go to and follow the on-screen directions. You will need to enter your social security number, which the FDHSMV will verify before a new card is issued. After submitting your application, your new ID card will be mailed to you within seven to ten days.

Replace Your Florida ID In-Person at a Service Center

You can always renew or replace your Florida ID or driver’s license by making an in-person visit to an FDHSMV service center anywhere in the state. Go to the FDHSMV main website for a complete list of service center locations to find one near you.

If you are renewing or replacing a non-REAL ID-compliant card, you are obliged to renew in-person at a service center. You must also renew in-person if you renewed online the last time, and a new photograph will be taken when you do so.