Innacurate Information About Florida License Renewal

Spring 2010 CSANews Issue 74  |  Posted date : May 27, 2010.Back to list

The Snowbird Alert information on page 6 of issue 73 is not accurate.

The "renewal" of a Florida driver's license is straightforward. Canadians who already have a license are grandfathered and with the exception that it is now $48/year; can renew yearly. The new rules referred to in the article are applicable to new applicants not holding a current license. I just went through the procedure today, Jan 25/10. No change from last year.

D. Arnott
Ontario


Response:
Ed: This has become a hot topic as it seems that different offices have different rules. We have several letters that speak to both sides of the issue. Many people have been turned down and many people have gotten their licences. In Mr. Arnott's case, the grandfathered position seems to hold for about one-third of the letters received.

I, personally, was told that I could only renew my license for one year, not two, as was previously the case. They implied that I could renew it next year, but I did not want to push it. The Patriot Act is pretty clear - a non-resident of the United States is not to be issued any form of U.S. identification. More to come, obviously.