Florida Governor Rick Scott signed the “Keys to Independence Act” on Monday which makes it easier for children in Florida’s foster care system obtain driver’s licenses. The legislation makes the pilot program that began in 2014, permanent and expands it to children living with relatives and caregivers.
State officials have identified acquiring driver’s licenses as one of the main barriers standing in the way of foster children, possibly preventing them from finding work or pursuing preferred career options. SB 60 also prohibits insurance companies from charging extra for foster children.
Currently 96% of eligible foster children are enrolled in the program in Orange County and 77% in Seminole County.
“I’m proud to sign this legislation today to help Florida’s teens in foster care and out-of-home settings obtain their drivers licenses.” said Scott “This bill continues our efforts to help children in our foster system thrive and live their dreams in our state. I would like to thank DCF Secretary Mike Carroll and Florida Guardian ad Litem Executive Director Alan Abramowitz for their hard work on this important legislation.”