► ON THE ROAD IN FLORIDA. NOTE: Florida has its own driving laws, some differing from other USA states. Titan Insurance [FABB's partner in Florida ] will give you all the right answers. Details below. CAR INSURANCE FOR BRITS IN FLORIDA FABB advises:
Since Florida law changed in 2002, it is difficult for new Brits with no USA driving record to get insured here. Visitors from UK with no proof of Florida residency are usually denied outright by most insurance companies. You can purchase a car without a Florida Driver's licence but it's not easy. Newcomer resident Brits will usually pay a higher rate till they get established. The USA does not recognise your UK driving record, however perfect. Many companies will not insure you without a Florida resident's driver's licence and to get that you have to prove residency. In Florida it is the CAR not the driver who is insured--good news. So anybody [with a licence] who drives your car is insured, with certain restrictions, of course. NEW EMIGRANTS: Florida authorities want to see you in person with your actual proof of residency documents, to obtain a Florida licence.
CALL OUR INSURANCE COMPANY FOR THE RIGHT, CURRENT ANSWERS: .......FABB works with West Insurance Group, based in Ft Lauderdale with a Tampa satellite office. West specializes in auto insurance for Florida Brits, newcomers and longtime residents. Phone WEST INSURANCE (954) 491-1942. Ask for owner Trae West. Or email:
IMPORTANT: On subject line put: TO TRAE--UK driver TRAE says “70% of our clients are Brits and FABB members and our agency will get you insured and advise you how to overcome problems. Many insurance agents will NOT be able to answer your questions on international car insurance. We can!" [FYI: Once you've settled in Florida, Titan also offers homeowners, commercial property, business insurance and workers compensation--all useful for Brits living in Florida].
- British visitors should bring their international or UK licence, valid to use while visiting Florida. Florida does not issue state drivers licences to visitors. [That has been the case since 9-11, as an anti-terrorist security measure].
- British visitors, on a tourist visa, including those who own a Florida holiday home and spend several months a year here, may have difficulty buying a car in Florida. That's because you can't get insurance without official proof of residency. Also where are you going to store it safely for your months back in UK? Most UK visitors rent a car each time they come over to Florida.
- British permanent residents on work visas/Green Cards must get a Florida drivers licence-----it's asked for as ID often in Florida shops and elsewhere. You must show proof of Florida residency at the Driver's Licence Centre.
HOW AND WHERE TO GET A FLORIDA DRIVING LICENCE: FOR ALL INFO YOUR NEAREST FLORIDA OFFICE AND TESTCENTRES, GO TO OFFICIAL STATE OF FLORIDA WEBSITE FOR DEPARTMENT OF MOTOR VEHICLES: www.hsmv.state.fl.us or www.flhsmv.gov ADDRESS ALL YOUR QUESTIONS TO THEM.
WHAT YOU NEED TO BRING: Visitors from UK and non-resident Brits will only be issued a Florida's driver's licence until the expiry date shown on your immigration documents, up to a maximum of 2 years--USA Immigration law. You have to go in person to your nearest driver's licence centre, with your UK passport and current immigration documents/visa. Non-residents have to re-apply each time you come over to Florida, but there is no limit to the number of times you can apply. For more answers, call the Florida Department of Motor Vehicles in Tallassee:  922-9000.
EXCLUSIVE LICENCE PLATES only available from the British Bureau. For Brits in USA, Brits married to Americans, British-American clubs, Brits with American business partners....... BRIGHT, FADEPROOF COLOURS. QUALITY ALUMINIUM. HOLES PRE-DRILLED TO FIT ANY USA CAR. EACH PLATE COMES SHRINK-WRAPPED. PUT THEM ON YOUR OFFICE WALL OR RECEPTION AREA OF YOUR BRITISH-AMERICAN BUSINESS. PUT ONE IN YOUR BOAT. PUT THEM ON BRITISH PUB WALLS OR BEHIND THE BAR. GREAT CHRISTMAS AND BIRTHDAY GIFTS. GREAT FOR BRITISH CLUBS.
TO ORDER: $11 each includes shipping, handling & tax.
Call THE BRITISH BUREAU in Miami with your VISA/Mastercard.
Tel.  371-9340 OR: email your order to
Include your name/phone/address to ship plates to.....plus VISA/MC info.
OR MAIL CHEQUE to THE BRITISH BUREAU 1717 North Bayshore Drive #3250, Miami FL 33132
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