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Another Miami driver license office will process applications for non-US citizens.

CONTACT: Robert Sanchez
Public Information Administrator

December 19 , 2001

Beginning Friday (Dec. 21), the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles is adding another Miami area office to process applications for driver licenses and ID cards for persons who are not citizens of the United States. It is the Coral Reef office located at 14653 SW 122nd Ave. in southwest Miami-Dade County.

Two other Miami-Dade driver license offices already provide this service. They are located at 12601 NW 42nd Ave., Opa-locka, and 901 NW 39th Ave., Miami. Customers may call 305-229-6333 to make an appointment at any of these three offices.

Miami-Dade is one of five Florida counties with large numbers of non-U.S. citizens where specific offices have been designated to handle their transactions. The other counties are Broward, Hillsborough, Orange, and Pinellas. In all other counties, non-U.S. citizens may use any driver license office. All driver license offices statewide are available to U.S. citizens.

Except for Canadian citizens, all non-U.S. citizens applying for a Florida driver license or ID card must show proof of legal presence by providing at least one of the following documents:

  • Alien Registration receipt card - Green card-Form I-151 or I-551
  • Employment authorization card issued by the United States-Form I-688B or I-766
  • Proof of nonimmigrant status provided by United States-Form I94, not expired.

Under federal law, Canadian citizens are allowed to stay in the United States without obtaining INS documentation. To be issued a Florida driver license or ID card, Canadians must provide proof of Canadian citizenship by presenting two of the following documents: a valid Canadian passport, a Canadian driver license, and/or a certified copy of a Canadian birth certificate. Customers who are not Canadian citizens but have a Canadian driver license must provide the same proof of legal presence as any other non-U.S. citizen. Canadian applicants must use the offices designated for non-U.S. citizens.

Customers applying for a driver license will be issued a 30-day paper permit. Customers applying for an identification card will be issued a receipt. If there are no discrepancies in the applicant’s documents, the driver license or ID card will be mailed from Tallahassee within 30 days of the application. The expiration date on each license and ID card will be the same as the expiration date on the applicant’s INS documents.

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