So here are some tips to help get you through renewing that driver’s license in Florida. Please note that the requirements vary from state to state and country to country so check with your own DMV and good luck with that.
1) Have your junk in order. In Florida that means you need:
-Primary I.D. in the form of: Certified US birth certificate. Don’t even try with one issued by a hospital. They will look at you like you were not born on this planet. Bring a valid US Passport or Passport Card. Or you can bring the Form-N-500 or Form N-570. I know you have that handy.
-Proof of Social Security Number. This could be a Social Security card, any SSA-1099, any 1009 (not handwritten) and a W-2 or a pay check/stub. Wouldn’t you love to see LeBron go in with his pay stub?
-Two “proofs” of residential address. In this category, you have 22 choices. With 21 other options, I wonder how many people show up with their Transients – Sexual Offender/Predator/Career Offender: – FDLE Registration form completed by local sheriff’s department. But fair is fair.
2) Make an appointment. “I got there at 6:00 a.m. and there were already 30 people camped out there” said Emily Taffel-Schaper who recently renewed her license and could not get an appointment until December. “People who were there at 6:oo a.m. were still there at 5:00 p.m,” she said.
My opinion: make two appointments–one for now and one for 8 years from now. Our licenses are only good for 8 years. So by the time you get your first appointment, you should be up for renewal already.
3. Try to make your appointment right after you take a vacation. One last bit of advice. Before you go to DMV, make sure you take a nice long vacation. Then at least you’ll have a fairly decent picture for those 8 years.
Now the fun begins. What are your experiences at your DMV? Good? Bad? Stories to share? How about trying to call them? It’s your turn and drive safely. ~Mike