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Old 12-11-2012, 03:11 PM
 
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Hi,

I'm moving to Orlando from Puerto Rico on the second week of January. I will start school there so I will need to buy a used car. I'm planning to get a part-time job. So here is the question: I need to have Florida drivers license (I have PR drivers license) to get Florida car insurance, register the car, and get the tag? or I can get the insurance, the registration, and the tag with my drivers license from Puerto Rico?

I really don't want to lose my PR drivers license because I don't know if I will going back to PR in the near future.

And if I need to get the Florida drivers license, it's hard to get? I will need to to take a vision test and a written test? And after getting the license, is fast get the insurance?

Thanks for the info.
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Old 12-12-2012, 06:01 AM
 
Location: NW Orlando
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When I moved here in 2004, I had to have FL car insurance before getting a FL license and tag. I don't know if its changed but you can call the Tag Office or an insurance agent and ask.

When I got my driver's license, all I had to do is the vision test...nothing more. It could take some time to get the license though as the offices are usually very crowded and you don't get your license and tags at the same location.
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Old 12-12-2012, 07:12 AM
 
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You need a FL DL and insurance to get tags. You do not need insurance to get the DL. You will probably not be able to get insurance for a car you intend to domicile in FL without a FL DL.

In order:

DL (will require a written test and possibly a driving test as well depending on reciprocity with PR. You will need to provide a properly registered and insured vehicle for a driving test, it can not be a rental.)

Insurance

Registration/Title/Tags
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Old 12-12-2012, 09:20 AM
 
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We moved from the UK and got a car, tags and insurance using our UK License earlier this year. We then got our FL DL, informed the insurance company and on renewal the premiums shot up!! We did the written and driving tests, they were very easy, my 6 year old could easily pass them.
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Old 12-15-2012, 04:04 PM
 
Location: Orange County, Florida
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Florida has full reciprocity for driver's licenses with Puerto Rico, which means you will not have to take either the written or road tests. You will have to surrender your Puerto Rico license.

-Harry
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Old 12-18-2012, 09:54 AM
 
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You do not need FL license. I got tags and insurance with IL drivers license last week.
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Old 12-19-2012, 05:37 PM
 
Location: Florida
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This website will give you all the information you need to know regarding DLs:

State of Florida.com - Florida Drivers License Information

There are also links on this website regarding insurance and vehicle tags.

If you don't already know, when you register your vehicle for the first time, it'll cost you about $400 (first-time registration fee, license plate, tags, etc.) .

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Old 12-20-2012, 07:49 PM
 
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Go to the Florida "Gather, Go, Get" website. It will walk you through what you need.

I got my insurance changed immediately. Took my proof of insurance, my out of state license, passport and something else (utility bill?) and I got a license. Check your license before you walk away. They marked mine as "insulin dependent" instead of "organ donor" and I had to go back and have it straightened out. Grrr.

Then I was able to go get my Florida title and license plate. You get these at the Tax Collector's office, not the DMV. It was around $400, which I know is ridiculous. Yell at Florida, not me.

That's how I did it.

There is some law about having to get it all done in ten days. I was not able to comply with that, but I think I had it down in 4-6 weeks.

Good luck!
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Old 12-22-2012, 07:30 PM
 
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Thanks everyone for the replies, now I have a clear idea about the process.
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