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New Florida driver’s licenses available in Tampa Bay

The new Florida IDs are beginning to roll out across the state, with some locations in Tampa Bay already carrying the cards.

The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles announced it began to issue the cards to various counties across Florida this month.

By the end of 2017, the new credential will be available at all service centers throughout the state and online, according to the DHSMV.

The current state ID will be phased out, officials said, and residents only need to renew their drivers license or identification card upon its expiration or if a required change is needed, such as a name or address change.

While previous driver license and identification cards will still be in use alongside the new credential until they are replaced or phased out, all credentials issued after Jan. 1, 2018, will have the new look and security features, the DHSMV said.

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The new IDs include features to make it easy to identify what type of license it is and some of the special privileges of the license holder:

ē Each card will have a different colored header to designate what type of license it is. Commercial driverís licenses will be blue; standard driverís licenses will be green; identification cards will be red; and learnerís licenses will be orange.

ē Floridians under the age of 21 will have a red box on the front of their licenses that will list the date of their 21st birthday.

ē The new IDs will also include other designations such as lifetime boating and hunting licenses; freshwater and saltwater fishing licenses; those that identify military veterans; list medical conditions such as hearing loss and insulin dependency; and, of course, whether the holder is an organ donor. Adding those designations, with the exception of developmental disabilities and organ donors, will add $1 for each designation when the card is renewed or $2 when itís replaced.

[Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles]

New Florida drivers license and ID cards

Tampa Bay service locations to carry the new ID in October:

Hillsborough

601 E. Kennedy Blvd., Tampa (Oct. 13:)

3030 N. Falkenburg Rd., Tampa (Oct. 16)

3002 College Avenue, Ruskin (Oct. 16)

2814 Hillsborough Ave. Bldg. 2, Tampa (Oct. 17)

3011 University Center Dr. Suite 150, Tampa (Oct. 26)

1834 James Redman Parkway, Plant City (Oct. 27)

4100 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Tampa (Oct. 30)

Pinellas

1067 62nd Ave. S., St. Petersburg (Oct. 13)

29399 U.S. Hwy 19 N. Suite 100, Clearwater (Oct. 16)

13025 Starkey Rd, Largo (Oct. 16)

663 Gulf to Bay Blvd, Clearwater (Oct. 23)

1800 66th St. N, St. Petersburg (Oct. 30)

Pasco

4111 Hwy 41 Land OíLakes (Oct. 23)

4720 U.S. Hwy 19, New Port Richey (Oct. 23)

14236 6th Street Room 100 Dade City (Oct. 24)

4610 Pet Lane C101 Lutz (Oct. 25)

8731 Citizens Dr. Room 101, New Port Richey (Oct. 26)

To find out more about the new IDS and the full list of when and where the credential will be available, visit www.flhsmv.gov/newDL.

Contact Samantha Putterman at [email protected] Follow her on Twitter @samputterman.

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