The Florida Driver's Handbook covers many condensed
and paraphrased points of the Florida state laws and provides safety
advise not covered in the laws. The handbook is not a legal authority
to cite and should not be used in a court of law.
The Florida Driver's Handbook is printed in volume
and copies already purchased will not reflect any changes made by
the Legislature regarding fees or laws passed after the revision
The Department of Highway Safety and Motor
Vehicles consists of the following divisions:
THE DIVISION OF DRIVER LICENSES administers
examinations to qualify persons to drive on Florida's highways. Its
primary mission is to promote and maintain the highest possible driving
standards on the streets and highways of the State of Florida and
to remove unsafe drivers from the highways.
THE DIVISION OF FLORIDA HIGHWAY PATROL enforces all state laws
pertaining to motor vehicles, patrols the state highway system to
help ensure the safety of all drivers and implements the state traffic
safety programs. Each trooper is always ready and willing to render
assistance to the motoring public.
THE DIVISION OF MOTOR VEHICLES regulates the sale and distribution
of all motor vehicles and vessels in Florida. The division administers
the sale of license plates through county tax collectors and authorized
tag agents for every automobile, vessel, trailer, truck, mobile home,
camper and motorcycle that operates on the public roads. In addition,
it keeps records on every motor vehicle that is titled or registered
in Florida and enforces mobile home construction standards.
THE INFORMATION SYSTEMS ADMINISTRATION manages data processing
for the agencies operating divisions.
THE DIVISION OF ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES manages the functions
of payroll, personnel, purchasing, data processing, accounting and
fiscal operations and maintenance and repair of equipment for agencies
operating divisions above.
DRIVING IS A PRIVILEGE AND NOT A RIGHT. PROTECT
YOURSELF AND OTHERS BY KNOWING THE LAWS AND DRIVING SAFELY.
Florida law and sound records management practices require the collection
of certain personal information in the driver licensing process.
This personal information identifies an individual and is used for
records management, driver improvement, financial responsibility,
and law enforcement purposes.
Failure to provide the required information will
result in denial of a license or identification card. Falsification
of information may result in prosecution. Florida law specifies
that all documents or other material made or received in connection
with the transaction of official business by any agency are public
records. In addition to all documents, information taken from them
is subject to public disclosure under the State's public records
act. This information, except for medical data, which is confidential
by law, is regularly given to law enforcement agencies, insurance
companies, credit bureaus, lending institutions, and any other person
who desires to obtain a copy and who pays the required fee.
The Division of Driver Licenses strives to ensure
the accuracy of information obtained in the licensing process and
makes every effort to correct any incorrect information in its files.
Incorrect information may be corrected by supplying the Department
with your name in full, date of birth, driver license number and
information on the nature of the error as well as proof that it
is an error to the Chief, Bureau of Driver License Records, Neil
Kirkman Building, Tallahassee, Florida 32399-0575, or telephone
(850) 922-0927. Certain information, such as conviction reports
received from a court, can only be corrected upon notification from
the court that the report was in error.
Automobile Insurance information is exempt from
the Public Records Law. This information will be provided to any
party involved in a crash when a written request with a copy of
the crash report is received. This information will also be provided
to law enforcement agencies, officers of the court and representatives
such as insurers and attorneys of parties involved in the crash,
upon receiving a written request.
Under Section 322.212 (5), Florida Statutes, it
is a FELONY of the third degree "to use a false or fictitious name
in any application for a driver's license or identification card,
or knowingly to make a false statement, knowingly conceal a material
fact, or otherwise commit a fraud in any such application."
Violators face immediate arrest and, upon conviction,
penalties up to a maximum fine of $5,000.00 and imprisonment up
to 5 years.
The Department will suspend for one year the driving
privilege of any person who made a fraudulent application for a
Florida driver license.
Under Section 322.36, Florida Statutes, it is unlawful
for any person to authorize or knowingly permit a motor vehicle
or moped to be operated by any person who does not hold a valid
business district: An area where 50% or
more of the land next to the road is used for businesses.
bicycle: Every vehicle propelled solely by human power.
cancellation: The act of declaring a driver's license void
certified copy: A copy which has been marked in some official
way to show that it is a true copy of the original document. To
get a certified copy of a document, you must contact the agency
that issued the original document.
child restraints: Infant carriers or removable car seats
specially designed to keep babies and young children from being
injured in car crashes. A lap belt may be used as a restraint for
children four years old or older.
conviction: A judgement of guilt in a court. In a driver's
record, suspended sentences, forfeiting/estreatures of bonds, and
pleas of no contest count against the driver just as a conviction
department: The Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles,
felony: A serious crime for which you can be sent to a state
prison or receive a death sentence.
intersection: Where two streets meet or cross.
motor vehicle: Any self-propelled vehicle, including a motor
vehicle combination, not operated upon rails or guideway, excluding
vehicles moved solely by human power, motorized wheelchairs, and
motorized bicycles as defined in Section 316.003, Florida Statutes.
pedestrian: Any person afoot.
resident: A person who has his principal place of domicile
in this state for a period of more than six consecutive month, has
registered to vote, has made a statement of domicile pursuant to
Section 222.17, Florida Statutes, or has filed for homestead exemption
on property in this state.
residential district: An area where most of the land next
to the road is used for homes.
restriction: A prohibition against operating certain types
of motor vehicles or a requirement that a driver comply with certain
conditions when driving a motor vehicle.
suspension: The temporary withdrawal of a licensee's privilege
to drive a motor vehicle.
vehicle: Every device, in, upon, or by which any person is
or may be transported or drawn upon a highway, excepting devices
used exclusively upon stationary rails or tracks.
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