The Life Center of Hernando Suggests Having an ID

The Life Center Suggests Having an ID

ID’s for the Homeless 

Everyone needs ID

Everyone needs ID

Everyone needs property identification. Sometimes being homeless and not having an ID go hand in hand. Here’s some good news. The $25 fee  for an ID will be waived for those who provide proof of homeless status that is dated within 90 days of the ID issuance date. The service fee (about $6.25) by the Hernando County Tax Collector may or may not be waived. If you take that your proof of homeless status to the Florida Highway Patrol DMV office on 98 in Brooksville and they will issues an ID without charging  the service fee. A good proof to use is a letter from a shelter.

Waivers will only be for ID cards and not driver’s licenses. An individual may only possess one kind of ID,  not both

The address on a homeless status letter will be used on the ID card. An individual is not allowed  to self-certify an address other than the address listed on the homeless status letter.  The primary goal is to capture most accurately  information where a person resides at night.

There is no policy that limits the number of free ID cards an individual can obtain over a given period. 

Proofs required to apply for a Florida ID card

The current requirements for proof of identity and proof of social security number remain the same. The  Gather Go Get website is an excellent source for what documents are required and where to  find  them.

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Florida Learners Permit 

A driver's license is ID

A driver’s license is ID

You can NEVER Drive Alone with a Learners Permit in Florida You must always have a licensed driver in the seat closest to you.

Getting Your Learners Permit in Florida

When you turn 15 years old in Florida you are eligible to get your Learner License (AKA Learners Permit) – here are the steps:

  • Complete the DATA course – this is required and can be completed online at 123driving.com 
  • Study your Road Signs and Rules to prepare for the written DMV Test
  • You have the option of taking a Preparation Course for the DMV test
  • Take the DMV written test

The DMV Test

Before anyone  can get their first drivers license or learner permit in Florida they must pass the DMV Test. Before you can take the DMV test you must complete the DATA course, which is the Drug, Alcohol, Traffic Awareness class.

The DMV test is comprised of 40 questions. 20 of which address road signs and 20  address road rules. You must get at least 15 answers correct in each section.

Testing at Local DMV office

To take the  test at your local DMV office, it is best to make an appointment by using the Florida DMV online appointment system and make an appointment. You should arrive at least 15 minutes before your appointment and be prepared to spend at least two hours at the DMV office.

The DMV Test CAN BE TAKEN ONLINE if you are under 18.

To prepare for the 40 question DMV Test you may study the drivers manual or Take an Online DMV Preparation Course and Practice Test.  The DMV recommends you take an online preparation course with practice tests.

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Drivers License Identification Requirements

Renewing Your Florida Drivers License 

Having an ID is good

Having an ID is good

If you are renewing a current Florida Drivers License you may renew your license online or via mail only one time. The next time,  you must visit a Florida DMV office and provide the required ID

New Drivers License or ID

If you are applying for a new Florida Drivers License, ID Card, or have legally changed your name you MUST PROVIDE the DOCUMENTS listed below

US Citizens

Florida law requires proof of identification, proof of date of birth, proof of residential address, and proof of social security number 

The name assigned to the Social Security number must match the name that will appear on the Florida driver license or identification card. If you have recently changed your name, update your records with the Social Security Administration before you apply for your license or identification card

Primary Identification 

ID helps you succeed

ID helps you succeed

An Original or Certified of One of the Following Primary Identification Documents

  • Certified United States birth certificate,
  • Valid United States Passport or Passport Card
  • Consular Report of Birth Abroad
  • Certificate of Naturalization, Form N-550 or Form N-570
  • Certificate of Citizenship, Form N-560 or Form N-561

Note: When necessary, marriage certificates, court orders, or divorce decrees must be provided to tie the name on the primary identification to the name the customer would like to place on the driver license or identification card.

Proof of Social Security Number

  • Social Security Card
  • W-2 form
  • Pay check
  • SSA-1099
  • Any 1099

2 Proofs of Residential Address

Gather TWO of the following documents showing your residential address: (internet printouts or faxes of these documents are acceptable)

  • Florida Voter Registration Card
  • Florida Vehicle Registration or Title
  • Medical or health card with address listed
  • Current automobile insurance policy or bill
  • Educational institution transcript forms for the current school year
  • W-2 form or 1099 form
  • A letter from a homeless shelter, transitional service provider, or a half-way house verifying that the customer resides at the shelter address
  • Mail from financial institutions; including checking, savings, or investment account statements, not more than two months old
  • Mail from Federal, State, County or City government agencies (including city and county agencies)
  • Registration form completed by local sheriff’s department
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Need a New or Replacement Social Security Card? 

Social Security Card

Social Security Card

Your nine-digit Social Security number remains your first and continuous link with Social Security. It is an accurate record your covered wages.

You need a Social Security number to get a job, collect Social Security benefits and get some other government services. But you don’t often need to show your Social Security card. Do not carry your card with you. Keep it in a safe place with your other important papers.

To Get A New Or Replacement Card go to   http://www.ssa.gov/ssnumber/

All documents submitted must be either originals or copies certified by the issuing agency. Photocopies or notarized copies of documents will not be accepted.

Get a certified copy of a document showing a birth, marriage or divorce that took place in the United States.

If you are filing an application on behalf of someone else (child), you must show evidence of your relationship to, or responsibility for, that person. You must also show proof of your identity.

Some businesses offer Social Security name changes or cards for a fee. Social Security provides those services and more for free. Do not pay for something that is free. Social Security is the best place to get information about Social Security.


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The life Center of Hernando, Inc. is a 501(c)3 charitable organization registered under s.496.411(3), F.S. A copy of the official registration may be obtained from the division of consumer affairs by calling 1-800-435-7352 Toll-Free within the state. Registration does not imply endorsement, approval, or recommendation by the state. The Life Center’s registration number in Florida is CH 22951.