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Overview

This page provides an overview of driver license and ID card requirements and guides you to specific information to help ensure you successfully complete your transaction. To estimate your transaction costs, see our driver license fees page. Please also review our payment policy and options.

We provide limited driver license services at our DeSoto, Lakewood Ranch, North River, and Palma Sola locations. Our Driver License office provides full services, including written and road testing, license reinstatement, and first-time ID card issuance.

Our offices do not provide the following services:

  • Motorcycle safety courses
  • Traffic Law and Substance Abuse Education courses
  • Commercial driver license (CDL) driving skills road tests
  • CDL hazmat applications
  • Addition of CDL hazmat endorsements
For these services, you can get a list of providers from the Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles websiteNew window.

You may be able to complete your transaction onlineNew window through the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, which is a separate agency from the tax collector's office.

Before you visit our office for any driver license transaction, please check the status of your licenseNew window online. (Due to privacy laws, we do not provide driver license status information by phone.) If your license is invalid, you can process your transaction at our Driver License office only.

If you need to complete your driver license or ID card transaction at our office, you must fill out an application. To obtain the correct application for your transaction, please visit our driver license forms page.

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Renewals and replacements

For information about renewing or replacing your Florida driver license, ID card, or commercial driver license (CDL), read our driver license FAQ or our driver license publicationPDF file.

Commercial driver license (CDL)
CDL renewals and replacements are available at our Driver License office only – our other locations do not provide these services. For additional information, read our driver license FAQ or our driver license publicationPDF file.

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations require you to certify in one of four categories of CDL operation. For information, visit the Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles' CDL medical certification requirements pageNew window.

If you do not have a hazmat endorsement, you can renew or replace your CDL at our Driver License office (our other locations do not renew or replace CDLs). Please note that we will take a new photograph.

If you have a hazmat endorsement, our Driver License office may or may not be able to process your transaction, as follows:
  • If you're renewing your CDL and removing the hazmat endorsement, we can process your transaction. Please note that we will take a new photograph.
  • If you're replacing your CDL, we can process your transaction.
  • If you're renewing your CDL and want to keep the hazmat endorsement, we cannot process your transaction. You must visit a tax collector's office or driver license office designated to process this transaction. The closest location to Manatee County is in Hardee County – for details, see the Hardee County pageNew window of the Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV) website. You can also research FLHSMV's locations pageNew window to find other designated locations.
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Appointments

You must make an appointment for the following driver license and ID card transactions. These transactions are available at our Driver License office only.

  • Class E driving skills road testing – proof of Manatee County residency required
  • Written testing – proof of Manatee County residency required
  • Learner licenses – written testing needed in person or already passed testing online
  • Non-US citizens – includes all immigrants, permanent residents, "green card" holders, non-immigrants and temporary residents
  • Naturalized US citizens – naturalized less than two years ago
  • Naturalized US citizens – never issued a Florida driver license / ID card
  • US citizens born abroad
  • Transfer out-of-state driver license or ID card to Florida when license/ID is lost or stolen (transcript required)
  • First-time (in lifetime) ID card issuance – never had a government-issued ID card in any US state
  • Medical-related testing, re-exams and issues/questions
  • Sexual predator, sexual offender, and career offender
  • Commercial driver license, including: first-time issuance, renewal, replacement, and learner/temporary permit
  • DUI, hardship licenses, and ignition interlock device

Time slots fill up fast, so schedule your appointment now!

To ensure the best service for all driver license testing customers, we must ensure that appointments stay on schedule. If you arrive late or unprepared for your appointment, you will forfeit your appointment time and must reschedule for a later date.

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Driver license testing

We offer the following services only by appointment and only for Manatee County residents. We do not offer these services to walk-in customers or residents of other counties.


We do not administer CDL driving skills road tests. For testing locations and requirements, read our CDL road test publicationPDF file.

Time slots fill up fast, so schedule your appointment now! You can schedule up to 45 days prior to your desired testing date. For online and after-hours testing options, read our appointment FAQ.

To ensure the best service for all driver license testing customers, we must ensure that appointments stay on schedule. If you arrive late or unprepared for your appointment, you will forfeit your appointment time and must reschedule for a later date.

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First-time ID cards

If you already have a Florida driver license, an out-of-state driver license, or an out-of-state ID card, we can issue you a Florida ID card upon surrender of your existing license or card. Please note that we will take a photograph for your new ID card. If you are transferring from out of state, read our out-of-state ID card transfer publicationPDF file for more information.

If you do not have any state-issued identification, please read our ID card publicationPDF file to determine the requirements for obtaining a Florida ID card. Requirements vary based on your specific situation. You must process your transaction at our Driver License office.

For more information, read our ID card publicationPDF file.

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Suspensions, revocations, and cancellations

For information on reinstating your driver license, read the appropriate FAQ:

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Additional information

For information about transactions not covered above, read our driver license FAQ.

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