Non-U.S. citizens who are permanent residents of the United States
CONTACT: Robert Sanchez
Public Information Administrator
February 25 , 2002
TALLAHASSEE – Non-U.S. citizens who are permanent residents of the United States will be affected by additional changes in driver license procedures scheduled to take effect on March 1.
Those who have a valid permanent resident classification (I-551 or I-151 "green card") from the Immigration and Naturalization Service -- and who have obtained or renewed a license or identification card at a driver license office since December 13, 2001 – may accomplish most subsequent transactions without being required to go to an office.
This means that if they’re otherwise eligible, they may handle license or ID renewals and address changes via the Internet, by telephone, or through the mail. Examples: Green card holders who obtained a license or ID card prior to December 13, 2001 must bring their green card to one of our designated offices the next time they need to renew or report a change of address. After we record the necessary information, they may use the convenient alternatives that avoid an office visit.
Green card holders who obtained a driver license or ID card after December 13, 2001 may already take advantage of those alternatives. However, those who choose to visit one of our designated offices for any service should be prepared to show their INS documents.
Non-U.S. citizens and citizens alike who have never been licensed or issued an ID card must continue to present all of the documentation required by law.
"Our procedures for non-U.S. citizens continue to evolve," said Fred O. Dickinson, Executive Director of the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. "We are continuing to evaluate our procedures to ensure the highest integrity of identification for Florida driver licenses, while providing the best customer service possible."
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