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Changing my driver license from NJ state to Florida state. What must be done? Do I need fill some form for NJ Motor Vehicle? Thank you for you help.


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We are not aware of any paperwork you would need to fill out with the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) if you are moving to Florida. You will need to visit the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (HSMV), the licensing authority for the state of Florida, once you move to Florida and become a resident though so that you can turn in your NJ license for a FL driver's license.

According to the FL Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles the following documents are needed to obtain a Florida driver's license if you are 18 or older.

  • United States Citizen proof of identity.
  • Social Security number, if issued.
  • Proof of completion of a Traffic Law & Substance Abuse Education Course or license from another state, country, or jurisdiction.

You will want to acquire a Class E license in FL. Class E is for driving 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.

The FL HSMV notes that a new resident exchanging a valid out-of-state license for a Florida license will be required to pass the vision and hearing tests only. If you are under 18 and are not married, your license application must be signed by one parent or legal guardian.

If you are now a resident of Florida you will now also need to register and title your vehicle in this state. Before you are able to register the car in FL you will need to obtain Florida auto insurance from a company licensed to do business in Florida--in other words, visit a Florida insurance agent.

You next would take your proof of Florida insurance; your original out of state title and verification of the motor vehicle's vehicle identification number (VIN), completed on form HSMV 82040 or HSMV 82042 (can find online at the HSMV website) to your local Florida county tax collector's office. If there is more than one owner on the out of state title for transfer, all applicants must sign the application or all applicants must be present.

In the state of Florida, a motor vehicle is required by law to be registered within ten days of the owner either becoming employed, placing children in public school, or establishing residency. Registering your motor vehicle goes hand in hand with the titling process.

For more information on what the Florida the licensing agency will require of you in order to turn in your New Jersey driver's license and acquire a Florida driver's license contact the FL HSMV directly and also read through their website that offers new resident information on how to change over their license.

For an affordable auto insurance quote for Florida click here so that you will have FL insurance on your vehicle and be able to register it without delay.


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