TALLAHASSEE — The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles is releasing a modified Florida driver license and ID card with enhanced security features to customers. Modifications include the removal of the magnetic strip on the back of the credential, the addition of a tactile security feature and changes to the data and data layout.
By the end of August 2019, the modified credential will be available at all service centers throughout Florida and online.
In 2017, the department began issuing a redesigned Florida driver license and ID card to provide enhanced security features for customers, better protecting against identity and driver license fraud.
Individuals are not required to replace their current driver license or ID card during this time, unless their current credential has reached its expiration, or a required change is needed, such as a name or address change.
Previously issued driver license and ID cards will still be used until they are replaced or phased out. Any credentials with a magnetic strip and no tactile feature with an issue date after August 31, 2019, are fraudulent.
To learn more about the modifications, visit flhsmv.gov/newDL, which includes additional resources.
Additionally, customers are encouraged to check their credential for the gold star in the upper right-hand corner of their credential to verify if they are REAL ID compliant. If a customer does not see a gold star, they will need to go into a driver license service center or tax collector office to become REAL ID compliant. Visit flhsmv.gov/locations to find the nearest service center and make an appointment. For the list of what to documents to bring to become REAL ID compliant, visit flhsmv.gov/whattobring. Learn more at flhsmv.gov/REALID.