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Just wondering what is a class "E" driver license in Florida? I live in Michigan and may be relocating to Florida for a job which would require me to have Class "E" Florida license. What is it and does MI have class "E" license so when I move I can just switch it over to FL? Thanks for your time.


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A Class E Florida driver's license allows one to operate any non-commercial motor vehicles with Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) less than 26,001 pounds, including passenger cars, 15 passenger vans including the driver, trucks or recreational vehicles and two or three wheel motor vehicles 50 cc or less, such as mopeds or small scooters. Farmers and drivers of authorized emergency vehicles who are exempt from obtaining a commercial driver license must obtain a Class E license.

The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (HSMV) notes that:

  • A resident who holds a valid Florida operator license may continue to operate vehicles for which a CLASS E driver license is required, until the operator license expires.
  • 16 year olds cannot drive from 11 PM to 6 AM unless accompanied by 21 year old licensed driver or driving to and from work.
  • 17 year olds cannot drive from 1 AM to 5 AM unless accompanied by 21 year old licensed driver or driving to and from work

So in FL their non-commercial driver's license that most people hold is the Class E license. Commercial licenses in Florida are Class A, B and C.

A standard Michigan driver's license appears to be like the Class E Florida's driver's license so you should be able to obtain this type of license if you relocate to Florida for a job.

The FL HSMV notes that driver's licenses from certain states, including Michigan, are accepted but a secondary identification and to reciprocate driving privileges but be accompanied by one of the following:

  1. Original or certified United States birth certificate
  2. Valid United States passport
  3. Certificate of Naturalization.
  4. Effective April 10, 2002, United States Military ID cards with an officer rank will be accepted as proof of citizenship only; however, not as proof of primary identification

You can contact the Florida HSMV directly to get more information on what you would need to do in order to change over your MI driver's license for a Class E FL license. If you do move to Florida for a work opportunity then you can obtain low cost car insurance by following this link.


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