Thank you for allowing me an opportunity to answer your interesting question.
New residents obtaining a new Florida license must SURRENDER their
other VALID driver license. Florida DMV will know that you have an
INVALID Michigan license when they run your name through NCIC (I?ll
talk more about that in a moment). If you do not have your Michigan
license (i.e., the license was seized by the court, or it was
otherwise rendered invalid) you will not have a license to surrender.
You certainly wouldn?t want to lie about what happened to it either ?
should you get the brilliant idea to make up some story about how your
dog ate it or something - because if you do YOU WILL BE CAUGHT. The
consequences of that would be bad indeed (The application also asks
about driver history and other licenses, that, if concealed or
fraudulently answered, is considered a third degree felony which may
result in arrest.)
The fact that you may have no Michigan license in your possession to
surrender to Florida is a serious obstacle but not nearly your biggest
problem. You see, under Florida law the DMV will flat-out refuse to
issue a license to anyone whose license is suspended or revoked in ANY
other jurisdiction. The Florida statute on this is clear:
?Title XXIII MOTOR VEHICLES
Chapter 322 DRIVERS' LICENSES
322.05(5) Persons not to be licensed.--The department may not issue a
license to any person whose license has been suspended, during such
suspension, nor to any person whose license has been revoked, until
the expiration of the period of revocation imposed under the
provisions of this chapter.?
Will the state of Florida know that you have a suspended license in Michigan?
YOU BET!. Virtually every adult US citizen (and this is especially
true with those who have held licenses and/or been convicted of even
the most minor crimes like traffic offenses) is listed in a central
national database called NCIC (which stands for NATIONAL CRIME
INFORMATION CENTER). Authorities will not rely on your application
alone. They will also check to see if you are wanted anywhere in the
US or abroad. When they perform this check at the time that you apply
for your Florida license your name, date of birth, social security
number (and/or Michigan driver?s license number) or other personal
identifiers (such as an FBI control number or SID [State
Identification Number] ) will be researched through NCIC. This will
quickly reveal your problem in Michigan. Trust me, I know ? I have
been a certified NCIC operator for more than 20 years.
The fact is that while a temporary permit (hardship, restricted
license, or whatever other provision they might have) may be an option
for Florida residents who have valid Florida licenses, you (being a
non-resident, with an invalid driver license) will not qualify for
such an exemption. Florida?s Department of Highway Safety and Motor
Vehicles web site doesn?t beat around the bush where this is concerned
and says in no uncertain terms to make sure there is absolutely no
misunderstanding [emphasis mine here]:
?PERSONS WHO HAVE HAD THEIR LICENSES SUSPENDED IN ANOTHER STATE, are
addicted to drugs or alcohol, or have mental or physical impairments
preventing safe vehicular operation, CANNOT OBTAIN A LICENSE.?
DEPARTMENT OF HIGHWAY SAFETY AND MOTOR VEHICLES DRIVER LICENSURE
In short, that is a resoundingly clear "NO". Sorry for the bad news. I
just hope you?re not the kinda guy who kills the messenger because of
At any rate, I hope you find that my research exceeds your
expectations ? at least in an informative sense even if the answer is
a bit disappointing (can?t help that, you know. Wish I could.). If you
have any questions about my research please post a clarification
request prior to rating the answer. Otherwise, I welcome your rating
and your final comments and I look forward to working with you again
in the near future. Thank you for bringing your question to us.
Tutuzdad ? Google Answers Researcher
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