Driver License Classification in Florida

5 Oct

According to the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, there are four majorĀ driver license classification, namely class A, B, C, and E. Those driving large vehicles, like trucks and buses for commercial purpose qualify for class A, B, or C, whereas, class E of driver license is particularly for non-commercial vehicles. Drivers of large vehicles are additionally provided with a manual called Commercial Driver License Manual. It can be obtained either from the Department’s website, or from the office of tax collector licensing agent or driver licenses office. You can drive a vehicle only if have been tested and issued a driving license.

Who Requires a Driver License?


You must carry a driver license if you live in Florida and intend to drive publicly throughout the downtown and highways. Then there are those who move to Florida from other states and carry driver licenses issued by the authorities of the state they were previously in. These drivers need to get their Florida driver license within a month from the day they become residents. You become a resident of Florida in any of the following cases:

  • Your children are enrolled in a public school
  • You register yourself as a voter
  • You file for real estate exemption
  • You accept an employment offer
  • You live in Florida consecutively for six months or more.

Who Doesn’t Require a Driver License?

Those who carry a valid driver license issued by another state or country are legally allowed to drive in Florida. The following persons are eligible:

  • Any non-resident, aged 16 years or more
  • Employees of the US government meant to drive government vehicles for official purpose(s)
  • Any non-resident employed by a firm that is tied in a contract with the US government. (Here, however, the license is valid for no more than 60 days)
  • Any non-resident studying at a college in Florida
  • Persons temporarily driving farm tractors and road machines on highways
  • Residents and licensed drivers of other states who travel to Florida for work on a regular basis
  • Residents and licensed drivers of other states who migrate to Florida as farm workers. (They might be employed or get their children enrolled in public schools but can still drive without Florida’s driver license)
  • Members of the Armed Forced posted in Florida, as well as their dependents. However, the following are exceptions:
  1. Service members or their spouses claiming for real estate exemption. (All drivers in the family are thus supposed to get Florida license)
  2. Service members get employed. (All drivers in the family are thus supposed to get Florida license)
  3. Spouse gets employed. (Spouse and children who drive are thus supposed to get Florida license)
  4. Child gets employed. (Only the employed child, if he/she drives, must get the Florida license)

Identification Requirements

Those applying for a driver license or identification card in Florida are required to present a primary identification that serves as a proof of social security number in addition to completing a