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FL DMV offices in 701 E John Sims Pkwy



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(850) 651-7300

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701 E John Sims Pkwy

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Hours

Motor Vehicle office (registration & title) REMAINS OPEN until 5 p.m. // Driver License office closes at 3:30 p.m.



Monday8:30am - 3:30pm
Tuesday8:30am - 3:30pm
Wednesday8:30am - 3:30pm
Thursday8:30am - 3:30pm
Friday8:30am - 3:30pm

Holidays
Closed all federal and state holidays. Some offices are closed preceding and following a holiday; call to be sure. National holidays include: New Year's Day, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Inauguration Day, Presidents' Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas.

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Appointment in 701 E John Sims Pkwy

There is always a DMV office near you at your service, to help you solve doubts or to issue a new license. If you need to visit one of our offices there are different options you can choose.

  • You can visit us without making an appointment.
  • You can make an appointment Online by our Online Appointment Service and Information System (OASIS). This is the correct option if you want to save time and avoid long lines.
  • You can schedule your appointment by phone. This service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

To make good use of your time, before making an appointment to the DMV, try to be fully informed about the necessary documentation and deadlines for the different types of procedure you need to achieve.



DMV Offices Hours in 701 E John Sims Pkwy

There is always a DMV office near you in 701 E John Sims Pkwy. The opening hours may vary from a County to another one. In general, the offices open on Monday, Wednesday and Fridays from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM. And Tuesday and Thursday from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM.

For those people who are not available to visit us within these hours, you may contact the DMV online or by phone. DMV officials are available 24/7 to help you solve your doubts and assist you in any query.



FL DMV Practise Test

To be able to get a driver's license, you must pass a Practice test. There will be 5 shots to approve it, after that, if you are not successful, there will be a waiting period of one year to reschedule the test.

To be able to apply for the test, the following documentation will be required:

  • ID Card or passport.
  • Proof Social Security Number.
  • Proof of current address.
  • For young people under 18 - Parental Consent Form – Minor Driver Applicant Form.

If you have taken the exam in an external Driver’s license provider, there will be no need to bring any documentation to the FLHSMV, please note that the exam results will be loaded in the system and available at all the FLHSMV’s offices (Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles).

If you need more information about the available Driver’s Licence educational centers, please enter here: https://www.flhsmv.gov/driver-licenses-id-cards/driver-license-exams/



Florida License

In Florida, the Sunshine State, it is quite simple to get your driver's license. All you have to do is complete a TLSAE course, pass a driving and theoretical exam, present your paperwork and that will be it!

There are different kinds of licences depending if you are young with no experience, or if you are a senior driver.

Class E - Learners license

Drivers between 15 and 18 years old must apply for their first driver's license called: class E - Learners license. Graduated Driver License laws (GDL) establish this first step for those inexperienced people who are starting to learn how to drive.

To apply for this Learners License, you must complete a Traffic Law and Substance Abuse Education course (TLSAE). After that, you will have to make an appointment at the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHMSV), where an officer will request you all the necessary documentation. You will have to pass a vision and hearing examination before taking the test, if everything is Ok, the last step required is to pay the fee to access the knowledge test.

What Documents do you need to apply to the Learners License?

  • ID or Passport
  • Social Security Number
  • Document that Proof your Residential address
  • Parental consent for a driver application of a minor - If you are under 18
  • Proof of Legal residence in the US for all of those drivers who are not American citizens.

Characteristics of the Learners License:

  • The individual must drive under the supervision of an adult over 21 years old.
  • It is not allowed to drive at night during the first 3 months of the license. After this period, it is permitted to drive up to 10PM.

After obtaining your first Learners License, the driver will have 1 year to obtain an intermediate or full privilege license. If this is not accomplished and the license expires, the driver must renew the learners license again.

Intermediate Driver License

According to the Graduated Driver License laws (GDL), the second step the driver must obtain is the Intermediate Driver's License. In this second stage, the driver can drive with no supervision, but there are still some restrictions to follow up until the driver turns 18 years old.

To be able to apply for the Intermediate License, the individual must complete a full year of holding the Learners license with no traffic violations. It is necessary to achieve 50 hours of driving practise, 10 of which must be during dark hours. After complying with this, the driver will Schedule an appointment to the Service Center of the DHMSV, once there, the officer will request all the necessary documentation. The driver will have to pass a Driving exam, and if it is successful, he or she will have to give up the learners license in order to obtain the new one.

Necessary Documents to apply for an Intermediate License

It is mandatory that you present the form: Certification of Driving Experience of a Minor (HSMV 71142). This paper is really important, and it will be filled up by your parent or driving instructor in the presence of an officer from the Driver License Center.

Restrictions of the Intermediate License:

  • You will be allowed to drive between 6:00 a.m. and 11:00 p.m without supervision . This rule will apply until you turn 17 years of age.
  • You will be allowed to drive between 5:00 a.m. and 1:00 a.m without supervision. This rule will apply until you turn 18 years of age.
  • You will not be allowed to drive outside these periods of time, unless you are supervised by an adult of 21 years old or older.

Full privilege Driver's License (Adult +18)

If you are over 18 years old, and have never held a Driver's license, you can apply for a Full privilege License without working the steps mentioned before. However, if you prefer to have supervised driving for a period of time, you are allowed to get your full license starting from a learners step.

To apply for this Full-Privilege License, you must complete a Traffic Law and Substance Abuse Education course (TLSAE). After this, you will have to schedule an appointment to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHMSV), where you will present all of your papers to the officer. You will have to successfully pass a vision and a hearing examination, to access the Knowledge and driving test. If you comply with all of these steps, you will have to pay a fee (if apply) and take your Picture for your new drivers license.

Required Documents for a Full privilege License

  • ID
  • Social Security Number
  • Residential address
  • If you are not a US citizen: Proof of Legal residence in the US.

How to transfer your Driver's License to the Florida Driver’s License.

Holders of a License from another State in the US.

If a Driver up to 16 years old, with a current valid Driver's license needs to transfer their out of state license to a Florida one, the only requirement will be to pass a Vision and Hearing examination. On the contrary, if the license is expired, the driver will be requested to pass these medical examinations, plus the Knowledge and the Driving exam.

To apply for this Full-Privilege License in Florida, you will have to schedule an appointment at the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHMSV), where you will present all the required documentation to the officer of the DMV. After that you will have to go through a vision and a hearing examination. If you comply with all of these steps, you will have to pay a fee and take the picture for your new drivers license.

Once you comply with all the requirements mentioned above, you will obtain a Full Privilege Florida Drivers License. This License will be valid for 8 years, and it will expire the day of your birthday.

Outside of the United States License.

If you are coming from another country, and need to obtain the Florida Drivers license, you will have to follow a similar process to the one followed for a new Driver's license. There are some exceptions if you are coming from Canada or Germany, (in which case you will only be required to take a driving and Knowledge test), France, South Korea and Taiwan.

To apply for this Florida driver’s license, you must schedule an appointment at the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHMSV), once you are there an officer will request all of your documentation. You will have to pass a vision and a hearing examination, and if apply, you will also take the Knowledge and the Driving test. If you comply with all of these steps, you will have to pay a fee and take your Picture for your new drivers license.



Change address in 701 E John Sims Pkwy

The State of Florida requires that every change of address is registered in the system and changed on the drivers license. After moving, there is a limit of 30 days to communicate this to the DMV.

There are different options to comply with this:

  • Change of address Online: Access the site GoRenew.com and sign up. Pay a fee of 2$ to complete the process. Please keep in mind that this process accepts all credit cards.
  • Change of address by mail: you will find all of the information at www.gorenew.com.
  • Change of address visiting a DMV office: Localize the nearest office and bring the documentation personally.

What documentation do you need?

  • Valid Identification Card.
  • Proof Social Security Number.
  • Proof of your new address.


Bill of Sale

It is known that at the time to purchase a new vehicle, there is a lot of paperwork to go through. During the last few years there have been some incidents when selling/buying a car. There have been cases of fraud, theft or simply mistakes that have led people to lose extra money and waste their time.

The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV) highly recommends that, at the moment of buying or selling a vehicle, the owner and the buyer protect themselves by completing the Bill of Sale Document. This paper is not legally required by the DMV officers, and in any case it replaces the Title transfer, but it is a very good backup form, as the Bill of Sale protects both parts of the transaction: The Buyer and the Seller.

The “Notice of Sale and/or Bill of Sale for a Motor Vehicle, Mobile Home, Off-Highway Vehicle or Vessel”, can be downloaded from the DHSMV site. This paper is a very good backup to avoid any future possible problems.

What is the purpose of this paper?

The Bill of Sale is beneficial for both of the parts. It protects the Seller and the Buyer during a certain period of time. This paper works as a proof of the transaction made and the change of responsibilities form one part to the other one.

It is necessary that the actual owner of the vehicle is the first one to fill up this paper and sign it, before the buyer at the moment of the sale.

To correctly complete the form, the seller must include all the Vehicle details, the Certificate of title number, the current kilometer count of the vehicle, the personal information of both parts, the vehicle`s price and the current date.

Benefits for Sellers

The Bill of Sale protects the seller of the vehicle in case there is any infraction or new ticket once the vehicle is driven by the new owner. It is a proof of non responsibility over the vehicle.

Once the transaction has been completed, the seller should notify the tax collector’s office, to let them know about the sale. After this, the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles will cancel the registration of the vehicle under the Seller’s name and wait for the buyer’s notification to register the vehicle under the new owner’s name.

Benefits for Buyers

The Bill of Sale also protects the buyer of the vehicle in case there is any infraction or ticket of the vehicle from the previous owner. It is a proof of non responsibility over the vehicle from the date of purchase backwards.

When the transaction has been completed, the Buyer should notify the purchase to the tax collector’s office. After this, the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles will cancel the registration of the vehicle under the Seller’s name and register the vehicle under the new owner’s name. Bear in mind that in this stage of the purchase it will be required to pay the sales tax. If the Vehicle Registration, under the new owner, takes more than 30 days after the sale, it will be a penalty fee due to the late transfer.



Drivers License Renewal

In Florida your Drivers License will be valid for a period no longer than 8 years. The expiration date will be on the day of your birthday. In Florida, it is allowed to renew your license up to 18 months before the expiration date.

There are some situations where the renewal will not be possible due to eligibility, traffic violations not solved in court, or cases of suspended, cancelled or revoked licenses. In this scenario, it is possible that the driver must comply with a new training and/or start over step by step to achieve a brand new license.

The are different ways to renew your license in Florida:

Online renewal

There is an exception applied to the Commercial Drivers License that does not allow its renovation online. Renewing the license online is the most easy, fast and convenient way to do it. This service is only available for American citizens or permanent US residents. When choosing this option, please bear in mind that it is not allowed to use this way if the last renewal was made online, by mail or over the phone.

Renewal Personally

This is the chosen option in most of the cases. All you need to do is to schedule an appointment at the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV) service’s center and bring your paperwork.

It is probable that you may have to pass a vision test (If applicable) and you`ll have to surrender your expired Driver’s license.

Once you attend your appointment, the officer will require all the paperwork, including your ID, proof of address and if you have changed your name, two different proofs of your new name. Bear in mind that if you have not renewed your driver's license in person since January 1st, 2010, you will need to bring one form of primary ID, two proofs of your current address and your social security number.

Real ID and the Driver’s License.

If you need to renew your license, keep in mind that you will have to do the renovation in person starting from October 1st 2021. From this day forward, all the renewal of the drivers licenses in Florida will be issued complying with the Real ID standards. To avoid double paperwork and assure the renovation is made under the new security standards from the Real ID. You may seek advice from a FLHSMV office.

More info at https://www.realidinfo.net/en/fl-florida

Renewal for special situations

Requirements for Older and Senior Drivers

After the age of 80, the Drivers license will have a validity of 6 years. At the time to renew this license, the driver will be required to pass a vision examination, and other kinds of tests may also apply depending on the situation. Before making your appointment for the renewal, please contact the FLHSMV for more information.

Military personnel - Requirements

All Military personnel can apply for the renewal of their driver's license up to 18 months before its expiration date. Before completing the online application for the renewal, please contact the FLHSMV for more information.

In a force majeure situation it is impossible for the soldier to renew their license, there are other types of extensions that may apply under certain circumstances. The DMV will allow the License’s validity to be extended for 90 days after its expiration date.

The state of Florida will allow some exemptions for those soldiers who are outside the State and cannot apply for the online renovation. This will be permitted until the soldier comes back to Florida to reside.



DMV Offices in 701 E John Sims Pkwy

In order to help and assist citizens all over the State of Florida, the Department of Motorized Vehicles provides a wide range of possible communication channels.

In the last couple of years, a restructuring plan for the office's location across the State has been necessary due to some of the DMV offices outside Miami, Broward and Volusia having suffered a depreciation of its services.

For this reason, the DMV focused their effort on centralizing the services in some places and merging the services with the tax collectors offices in other places where the demand was lower. It is necessary to mention that despite this, the DMV offices have never lost their quality and speed at the time to manage the citizens' formalities.





FL DMV offices in Niceville, Florida

310 W. Van Matre, Building 210, Suite #179


Driver License & Motor Vehicle Services


32542


(850) 651-7300

1250 N. Eglin Parkway Suite #101


Shalimar Driver License & Motor Vehicle Office


32579


(850) 651-7300

4012 Commons Drive West, Unit 122


Driver License & Motor Vehicle Services


32541


(850) 651-7300

120 Simpson Ave,, Room #111


Hurlburt Driver License & Motor Vehicle Office


32544


(850) 651-7300

302 N. Wilson St.,, Suite #101


Driver License & Motor Vehicle Services


32536


(850) 651-7300

31 Coastal Centre Blvd., Suite 700


Driver License & Motor Vehicle Services


32459


(850) 892-8121

571 Highway 90, East


Driver License & Motor Vehicle Services


32433


(850) 892-8121

571 Highway 90 East


DeFuniak Springs Clerk of the Court Office


32433


(850) 892-8115




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