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Old 02-25-2011, 04:05 PM
 
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Has anyone else with a mobility disability had a problem getting a problem getting a D/L in Florida? I had a stroke 30 years and I never lost my California Drivers License. I have a perfect driving record. However, when I went to exchange my California License for my Florida license, I was told I am required to have a medical evaluation plus an extended driving test because of the ungainly way I walk plus the fact that I use hiking poles for balance. They even took my California License. This is a real hardship since I haven't made many friend here yet nor do I have a physician who knows me well that I trust. I like to hear from others who have faced this problem and any solutions anyone would be kind enough to offer. I live on the beachside in Ormond Beach.
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Old 02-27-2011, 07:29 AM
 
Location: North Florida
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Florida has a system for determining, by doctor's statement, who should and should not have a driver's license. It is for your protection and the protection of other drivers. Please don't consider it a problem. Any physician can complete the assessment, just as any physican can complete a pre-employment physical, etc.
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Old 02-28-2011, 09:50 AM
 
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It isn't that simple. You have to be evaluated by a Doctor, then a medical board of three examiners has to go over this report, then you have to take an a series of up to five extended driving tests and pass three of these consecutively. What I find unfair is that I came here with a valid California License which I have had for all the 30 years I've been driving with my disability and they took it without explaining all these to me. I have a clean driving record in California and get cheaper rates for my car insurance because of it. Does anyone know of an advocacy group for the disabled in the Daytona/Ormond Beach area. I am single and new in town without hardly any friends and without a way to get to even to a grocery store without taking a cab which are very expensive in this area. I sure didn't anticipate this problem
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Old 02-28-2011, 10:20 AM
 
Location: Houston, TX
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Order a duplicate license from California and just drive on it.

If you get pulled over just say you haven't gotten around to it yet. Don't let the State of Florida bully you around!
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Old 03-02-2011, 08:48 AM
 
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Unfortunately, my California driver's license expires this month. I have found other people I have had to deal with in Florida very helpful but DMV has bullied me around. I would love to hear from others that have had to go though this extended testing at DMV.
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Old 03-08-2011, 09:51 PM
 
Location: Houston, TX
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Unfortunately, my California driver's license expires this month. I have found other people I have had to deal with in Florida very helpful but DMV has bullied me around. I would love to hear from others that have had to go though this extended testing at DMV.
So renew it online...

I was successful at renewing my Florida license online and even having it mailed to me at my address in Tennessee when I lived there.
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Old 03-15-2011, 05:55 PM
 
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I did not have my California license to even get the number and I could not find it anywhere so I have no chance of renewing that license. I talked to my Doctor last week about this and she told that she had another patient just last week that ran into the same problem. The patient had been disabled for the last twenty years with a Florida License that he had been renewing online during that time. This time he had to go into DMV and they did the same thing they did to me. He also had had a good driving record during the twenty years he had been driving as a disabled person. Does anyone know of an agency that would advocate in cases like these. Also, PLEASE CONTACT ME IF YOU OR SOMEONE YOU KNOW HAS HAD A SIMILAR SITUATION. Thank you.
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Old 03-15-2011, 07:41 PM
 
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So renew it online...

I was successful at renewing my Florida license online and even having it mailed to me at my address in Tennessee when I lived there.
CA is lot stricter than FL when it comes to renewing licenses. They even require you to come in for a eye exam, a written test, and maybe even a road test every few years.

They want to make sure you still should be behind the wheel.

It is not like FL where an 80 yr old can renew their DL over the phone and be good to go till age 88 or death, whichever comes first.
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Old 04-23-2011, 11:45 AM
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We are just now being subjected to the same thing. My husband went in to renew his DL one day. As far as we knew, it was just a big hassle with all the new document requirements. But he was feeling a little sick that day and not quite up to snuff (I drove, BTW). When it came out that he had a mild case of Parkinsons the nightmare began. Even though he's had it for over 10 years and is the best driver I know (safe driver record and no accidents) and has had a FL license for over 40 yrs, he was subjected to to the same treatment - the doctor, the panel of examiners, and now an extended driving test. Can you tell us anything about that part? We don't know what to expect. He usually drives a dually and if they expect him to parallel park on the square downtown, well, that's just unrealistic.
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Old 03-12-2014, 03:42 PM
 
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Default DMV Extended Driving Test

I have had MS for 15 years. I am forced to do the extended driving test. Can anyone give me hints as to what they are looking for?
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