Under section 322.212 (5), Florida Statutes, it is a
third degree felony
to use a false or fictitious name in any application for a driver license oridentification card, or to knowingly make a false statement, knowingly conceal a material fact, or otherwise commit a fraud in any suchapplication.Violators face immediate arrest and, upon conviction, penalties up to a maximum fine of $5,000 and imprisonment up to 5 years.The Department will suspend the driving privilege for one year of any person who makes a fraudulent application for a Florida driver license.Under section 322.36, Florida Statutes, it is unlawful for any person to authorize or knowingly permit a motor vehicle to be operated by anyperson who does not hold a valid driver license.
Florida law and sound records management practices require the collection of certain personal information in the driver licensing process. Thispersonal information identifies an individual and is used for records management, driver improvement, financial responsibility, and lawenforcement purposes.Failure to provide the required information will result in denial of a license or identification card. Falsification of information may result inprosecution. Florida law specifies that all documents or other material made or received in connection with the transaction of official business byany agency are public records. In addition to all documents, information taken from them is subject to public disclosure under Florida's PublicRecords law. This personal information, including name, address and driver license number is confidential by law, but may be given to lawenforcement agencies, insurance companies, credit bureaus, lending institutions, and any other entity exempted by statute. Medical information,social security number and emergency contact information are further protected and may only be released as specifically authorized by Floridalaw.The Division of Motorist Services strives to ensure the accuracy of information obtained in the licensing process and makes every effort tocorrect any incorrect information in its files. Incorrect information may be corrected by supplying your complete name, date of birth, driver licensenumber, information on the nature of the error and proof that it is an error to the Chief, Bureau of Records, Neil Kirkman Building, MS 89,Tallahassee, Florida 32399-0575, or telephone (850) 617-2000..Certain information, such as conviction reports received from a court, can onlybe corrected upon notification from the court that the report was in error.Automobile insurance information is exempt from the Public Records Law. This information is provided to any party involved in the crash, theirattorney or insurance company, law enforcement agencies and officers of the court, after receiving a written request and copy of the crashreport.
Important Law Changes
A voluntary contribution is authorized on the driver license application for Disabled American Veterans. (Section 322.08 F.S.)
Written driver license examinations for a Learner
s License are available through third party testers. Section 322.56(8) F.S.)
Written driver license examinations for a Learner
s License are available online. (Section 322.56 F.S.)
Veterans are provided the opportunity to pay a fee of $1 to have a Veteran Designation added to their driver license or identification cardafter presenting proof of eligibility. (Section 322.14 & 322.051)
The curricula for driver improvement courses and traffic laws and substance abuse courses are to include information on the risk associatedwith driving while using handheld electronic devices. (Section 318.1451 & 322.095 F.S.)
The Division of Driver Licenses and the Division of Motor Vehicles have been combined into the Division of Motorist Services. (Section20.24 F.S.)
The blue alert program is created to notify the public regarding an assault on a law enforcement officer or when a law enforcement officer ismissing while in the line of duty and under certain circumstances. (Section 784.071 F.S.)
Message from the Director
The Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles touches the lives of nearly every Floridian and visitor to our great state. All members ofthe Department are devoted to achieving our vision of a safer Florida, and we are proud to serve you. We are focused and committed toproactively protecting our roadways; enhancing online services; increasing strategic relationships with stakeholders; improving customer service;measuring critical business indicators and managing based on those results.This driver
s handbook provides some basic information you will need to be a safe driver and understand Florida
s traffic laws and regulations.This knowledge, along with driving experience and your sense of responsibility while driving can help protect you, your family, your friends andother highway users.As a Department, we will continue to make doing business with us easier, faster and better. Safe and considerate driving is everyone
sresponsibility and we wish you many years of happy and safe driving.
Clayton Boyd Walden, Director
Division of Motorist Services