To experience all that Alachua County offers, the DMV will help you reach your destination! If you are a new resident in the state of Florida, you must visit the DMV before you can legally drive. For your convenience, Alachua County has three DMV locations, all of which are in Gainesville.
Alachua County DMV Offices & Services:
Alachua County DMV offices provide vehicle registration, driver’s licenses, ID cards, tag and titles services for cars, trucks, trailers, vessels and mobile homes. They also provide specialty tags and disability parking permits.
Many of Alachua County’s DMV services are available online or by phone. For general information about vehicle services, call (850) 617-2000. For location-specific questions, you can call the number for the Alachua County main office at (352) 374-5236.
Moving to Florida:
New Florida residents are required to register vehicles within 10 days of moving as well as obtain a Florida driver’s license within 30 days. Legal name changes and address changes also require a replacement license. If you have an out-of-state driver’s license and it has not expired beyond 30 days, you can convert the license to a Florida license without taking a written or road test. If you do not have your first driver’s license yet, you must complete a Florida DMV-approved Drug and Alcohol course (DATA) and pass a DMV test on road signs and road rules.
Car Registration and Auto Insurance:
Before new Florida residents can register their vehicles, they must obtain auto insurance from an insurance company licensed by the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation. Florida’s minimum coverage is $10,000 personal injury protection (PIP) and $10,000 property damage liability (PDL). If you have been involved in a vehicular accident or convicted of certain offenses, you may be required to purchase bodily injury liability coverage (BIL).
All Florida residents are required to verify the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN). If the vehicle being registered is new, then it must be validated with a manufacturers Certificate of Origin. If the vehicle is used, the VIN must be verified with a HSMV 82040 form that can be filled out at an Alachua County tax collector office. The form must be signed by a Florida notary, DMV compliance examiner, law enforcement officer or a licensed dealer in Florida.
Alachua County DMV Offices:
Downtown Public Branch
12 SE 1st St.
Gainesville, FL 32601
Northwest Public Branch
5801 NW 34th Blvd.
Gainesville, FL 32653
Southwest Public Branch
3837 Windmeadows Blvd.
Gainesville, FL 32608