During the 2014 session, Florida legislators approved a 3-year pilot program under Statute 409.1454 Motor Vehicle Insurance for Children in Care, to provide youth in licensed out-of-home care with the opportunity to obtain their drivers license. The program, Keys to Independence, is now in effect and provides reimbursements to eligible youth for:
- Learner's License Fee – Actual cost or $100 limit
- Driver's License Fee – Actual cost or $100 limit
- Testing Fees – Actual cost or $100 limit
- 4-Hour Traffic Law & Substance Abuse Course – Actual cost or $100 limit
- Driver's Education Course – Actual cost or $500 limit
- Insurance - $200/month or $1,200/six months or $2,400/year
- Deductible – Actual cost or $1,000 limit
To be eligible, youth must:
- Be in licensed foster care, relative or non-relative placement.
- Be 15-21-years-old.
- Meet the Department of Motor Vehicle (DMV) requirements for application of a learner's intermediate or full privilege license.
- Complete a comprehensive driver's education course if you are requesting reimbursement for the costs for expenses related to an intermediate or full driver's license.
- Have approval of your primary caregiver who will use the same standard that they would use for their own child - we call this the reasonable and prudent parent standard.
- Complete the application forms and provide the required documentation.