Driver licenses have a new look

The Martin County Tax Collector’s Offices are now issuing the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles’ new, more secure Florida driver license and ID card. Changes have been made to incorporate increased fraud-protection measures.  Previous driver license and ID cards will still be in use alongside the new credential until replaced or phased out.

The new credential provides Floridians the most secure over-the-counter credential on the market today.

A New Look

new driver license frontnew driver license back






The card front incorporates a pastel-colored linear rendering of the Florida state seal and a large orange “FL” over a stark white base. On the card back, an image of the state of Florida rests among ocean waves and the year 1845 is displayed, referring to the year Florida became the 27th state in the Union.

Photograph images will now be printed with a transparent background and appear in four locations on the credential.

Fraud Protection

The new credential design incorporates nearly double the fraud protection measures compared to the previous design, including redundant data, ultraviolet (UV) ink and optically variable features.

Designated Header Colors

New credentials will be issued with designated header colors that denote the type of license the customer holds. Credentials held by customers under 21 years of age will display a red box on the card front that indicates the date until which the customer will be under 21.

New/Updated Designations

The new design incorporates designations for lifetime sportsman’s, boater, freshwater, saltwater and hunting licenses, as well as designations for veteran, organ donor, deaf/hard of hearing and developmentally disabled.

new driver license designations

Deaf/Hard of Hearing deaf hard of hearing Designation showing that the cardholder is deaf or hard of hearing
Developmentally Disabled developmentally disabled Designation showing that an ID cardholder is developmentally disabled
FWC Lifetime Boater lifetime boater Lifetime Boater Safety endorsement from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC)
FWC Lifetime Freshwater lifetime freshwater Lifetime FWC Freshwater Fishing License
FWC Lifetime Hunting fwc lifetime hunting Lifetime FWC hunting license
FWC Lifetime Saltwater lifetime saltwater Lifetime FWC Saltwater Fishing License
FWC Lifetime Sportsman’s fwc lifetime sportsman Lifetime FWC Sportsman’s License
Insulin Dependent INSULIN DEP Designation showing that the cardholder is insulin dependent
Organ Donor organ donar Designation showing that the cardholder wishes to be an organ donor
Veteran veteran Designation showing that the cardholder is a veteran of the United States Armed Forces


Getting Your New Card

Individuals are only required to replace their current driver license or ID card if their current credential has reached its expiration or a required change is needed, such as a name or address change.



Other Notable Updates

Changes to Motorcycle Endorsements:

new driver license motorcycle endorsementMotorcycle endorsements will no longer be spelled out on the front of Florida driver licenses. Motorcycle-also and motorcycle-only endorsements have been added and are designated by an “A” or “O” in the endorsement field located on the front of the card and are also indicated by a “A-MTRCL Also” or “O-MTRCL Only” on the back of the card.

Sexual Predator/offender Identifiers:

new driver license sexual predatorThe new Florida driver license and ID card allows for the identification of sexual predators and sexual offenders with a blue identifier on the bottom right of the front of the card. Sexual predators will have “Sexual Predator” spelled out on the card, while sexual offenders have “943.0435 F.S.”listed in this area.

AAMVA Mandatory Data Element Numbers:

new driver license aamva numbersThe new Florida driver license and ID card will display small numbers next to each data field (i.e. name, expiration date, sex, height). The inclusion of these numbers is required by the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators’ driver license and ID card design standard and has been adopted by many states.



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