Florida Driver's Handbook
Chapter 2: The Florida Driver License

2.1. Definitions

Business District:

An area where 50% or more of the land next to the road is used for businesses.


Every vehicle propelled solely by human power.


The act of declaring a driver's license void and terminated.

Certified Copy:

A copy which is marked in some official way to show that it is a true copy of the original document. To get a certified copy of a document, you must contact the agency that issued the original document.

Child Restraints:

Infant carriers or removable car seats specially designed to keep babies and young children from being injured in car crashes. A lap belt may be used as a restraint for children four years old or older.


A judgment of guilt in a court. In a driver's record, suspended sentences, forfeiting/entreasures of bonds, and pleas of no contest count against the driver just as a conviction does.


The Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles


A special authorization which permits a person to drive certain types of vehicles, transport certain types of property or transport a number of passengers.


Any criminal offense that is punishable under the laws of this state, or that would be punishable if committed in this state, by death or imprisonment in a state penitentiary. "State penitentiary" includes state correctional facilities.


A "Permanent Resident Alien" who is admitted to the United States as a lawful permanent resident. Immigrants are legally accorded the privilege of residing permanently in the United States and are issued immigrant visas or adjusted to permanent resident status by the USCIS.


Where two streets meet or cross.

Motor Vehicle:

Any self-propelled vehicle, including a motor vehicle combination, not operated upon rails or guide way, excluding vehicles moved solely by human power, motorized wheelchairs, and motorized bicycles as defined in section 316.003, Florida Statutes.


Any motor vehicle having a seat or saddle for the use of the rider and designed to travel on not more than three wheels in contact with the ground, but excluding a tractor or a moped.


An alien who seeks temporary entry to the United States for a specific purpose and who has declared ones intention to stay only for a temporary period of time.


Any person afoot.


A person, who has his principal place of domicile in this state for a period of more than six consecutive months, has registered to vote, has made a statement of domicile pursuant to section 222.17, Florida Statutes, or has filed for homestead exemption on property in this state.

Residential District:

An area where most of the land next to the road is used for homes.


A prohibition against operating certain types of motor vehicles or a requirement that a driver comply with certain conditions when driving a motor vehicle.


The termination of a licensee's privilege to drive a motor vehicle.


The temporary withdrawal of a licensee's privilege to drive a motor vehicle.

U.S. Citizen:

A person born in the U.S., Naturalized, or one who has obtained a Certificate of Citizenship from the Department of State.


Every device, in, upon, or by which any person is or may be transported or drawn upon a highway, except devices used exclusively upon stationary rails or tracks.

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