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These out-of-state licenses are invalid in Florida because of immigration law

Drivers with these invalid licenses could be issued a citation.
 
Heavy traffic is seen along the southbound lanes of I-275 on the Howard Frankland bridge on Aug. 28, 2019, in Clearwater.
Heavy traffic is seen along the southbound lanes of I-275 on the Howard Frankland bridge on Aug. 28, 2019, in Clearwater. [ DOUGLAS CLIFFORD | Times ]
Published July 17, 2023

Are you planning to take a road trip to Florida this summer? Take note of your driver’s license.

A law enacted by Gov. Ron DeSantis on July 1 declared certain driver’s licenses and learner’s permits from five states invalid in Florida. The restriction primarily affects immigrants who entered the country illegally and is part of a larger immigration law that critics argue is among the harshest in the country.

The law also cracks down on illegal immigration by making it illegal to transport an person who entered the country illegally into the state and penalizing anyone who uses fake documentation to find work.

Not every license from the five states on the list is considered invalid in Florida — just those labeled with certain conditions, which are listed below.

If drivers present one of the invalid driver’s licenses when pulled over, they could be issued a citation for driving without a valid permit. Residents of the five states who don’t have the designated conditions on their licenses shouldn’t face citations if pulled over.

These are the five invalid licenses and learner’s permits with the conditions:

  • Connecticut, “Not for Federal Identification”
  • Delaware, “Driving Privilege Only” or “Not Valid for Identification”
  • Hawaii, “Limited Purpose Driver’s License,” “Limited Purpose Provisional Driver’s License” or " Not Valid for use for official Federal purposes”
  • Rhode Island, “Not for Federal Identification,” “Driver Privilege Card” or “Driver Privilege Permit”
  • Vermont, “Not for REAL ID Purposes Driver’s Privilege Card”