Alexis P. Tsoukalas
December 10, 2020

Expanding Driver's License Access to All Floridians

This post was last updated on September 29, 2021. As new policies are announced, FPI will update this page.

As Florida’s response to COVID-19 takes front and center, concern grows for low-income families who struggle to take precautions against the spread of the virus. Although Congress has passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act to address, at least in part,  the public health crisis and economic fallout from COVID-19, many barriers continue to keep struggling families from accessing the assistance they need during the pandemic. As Florida initiates policies implementing the Act and addressing other barriers to the safety net, FPI will update this form. When available, hyperlinks are provided to agency documents or statements that provide greater detail  about the new policy.

On March 22, 2020, FPI and 44 other organizations sent a letter to Governor DeSantis, leadership in the Legislature and agency heads to urge action on 47 specific policy changes to reduce unnecessary barriers for Florida’s safety net programs in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. See the letter here.

There are an estimated 680,000 driving-age immigrants in Florida who are undocumented.

For over a decade, numerous organizations and individuals in Florida, including business owners, law enforcement, nonprofits, and faith leaders, have been pushing for an inclusive driver’s license policy. They recognize that immigrants already living and working in the state should be trained and licensed to drive just like U.S.-born Floridians. Sixteen states plus D.C. have enacted inclusive driver’s license laws.  

This fact sheet serves as an update to Florida Policy Institute (FPI)’s 2019 report.

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