Fellsmere drivers can renew, replace licenses in Sebastian

SEBASTIAN – Fellsmere residents now have a more convenient place to go to renew or replace their drivers’ licenses as the Indian River County Tax Collector’s Sebastian branch is offering the service. By late January or early February, Fellsmere drivers could also go to the west branch near Interstate 95 and State Road 60 to take care of their licenses.

The new service in Sebastian came just in time for employees to be trained on the equipment as state rules for licenses went into effect Jan. 1 that require drivers to provide more documentation before receiving their licenses.

“It’s quite a lot of training for staff,” said Tax Collector Carole Jean Jordan, who set up the main branch located in the County Administration complex on Nov. 1 so staff would have time to train. On Dec. 1, the Sebastian branch began offering license renewals.

The new service means Indian River County residents needing to change the address on their license or need to renew it do not have to make an appointment at the Florida Department of Motor Vehicles office on US 1 in Vero Beach.

“This is definitely more convenient,” said customer Dorothy Davies at the Sebastian branch. She had gone to one of the Vero Beach offices to get her license but was told the wait would be shorter in Sebastian.

First-time drivers who need to take the driving test before receiving their licenses must still go through the state office.

Jordan said that she hopes to offer the written portion of the test at the Sebastian branch some time in the future.

But for now, the employees are still getting used to offering the service.

“They’re kind of getting their feet wet,” Jordan said.

Jordan said she has been working for the last several months to get the state’s approval to offer the licensing and had to wait for the state to work out the budget.

Along with wanting to offer more places for residents to get their licenses, Jordan said she wanted to be ready if and when the Florida DMV closes its US 1 office.

“We’re kind of getting ahead of it,” Jordan said.

It cost the Tax Collector’s Office about $48,000 to equip each branch, according to Jordan.

“The equipment is not cheap by any means,” she said, explaining that just the printer that crafts the license costs $11,000.

“It was an investment,” she said.

The branches have to have backup equipment, as well, including an extra camera and printer.

“They’re not the most dependable thing,” Jordan said.

To that end, the tax collector said she hopes customers who come to any of the branches to renew or replace their licenses come with patience.

“We’re not fast,” she said, “but we’re pleasant.”

Jordan also said that while customers are there to take care of their licenses, they can also register to vote – a process that takes just a couple moments.

To learn more about what you need to renew your license, visit www.GatherGoGet.com.

 

Where to renew/replace your driver’s license:

Phone: (772) 226-1338On the Web: www.irctax.comMain Office: 1800 27th St., Building B, County Administration Complex, Vero BeachWest Branch: 1860 82nd Ave., Suite 102, Ameritrend Commerce Park, Vero BeachSebastian Branch: 11610 US 1, Suite 1, Sebastian

 

What you’ll need:

Before heading to the Tax Collector’s Office, check out www.GatherGoGet.com to determine what you will need to bring with you. Below is a list of what you might need to have with you:

One original or certified copy from the following –

Certified United States birth certificate, including territories and District of Columbia

Valid United States Passport or Passport Card

Consular Report of Birth Abroad

Certificate of Naturalization, Form N-550 or Form N-570

Certificate of Citizenship, Form N-560 or Form N-561

One original or certified copy from the following –

Social Security card

W-2 form

Pay check

SSA-1099

Non-SSA-1099

Two originals or certified copies from the following –

Deed, mortgage, monthly mortgage statement, mortgage payment booklet or residential rental/lease agreement

Florida Voter Registration Card

Florida Vehicle Registration or Title

Florida Boat Registration or Title (if living on a boat/houseboat)

A statement from a parent, step-parent or legal guardian of an applicant. The parent or guardian must reside at the same residence address, accompany the applicant and present “Proof of Residence Address”

A utility hook up or work order dated within 60 days of the application

Automobile Payment Booklet

Selective Service Card

Medical or health card with address listed

Current homeowner’s insurance policy or bill

Current automobile insurance policy or bill

Educational institution transcript forms for the current school year

Unexpired professional license issued by a government agency in the U.S.

W-2 form or 1099 form

Form DS2019, Certificate of Eligibility for Exchange Visitor (J-1) status

A letter from a homeless shelter, transitional service provider, or a half-way house verifying that the customer resides at the shelter address

Utility bills, not more than two months old

Mail from financial institutions; including checking, savings, or investment account statements, not more than two months old

Mail from Federal, State, County or City government agencies (including city and county agencies)

Transients – Sexual Offender/Predator/Career Offender: – FDLE Registration form completed by local sheriff’s department

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