Monday, June 03, 2013

Florida Driver Can Register Emergency Contacts Free

TALLAHASSEE, FL. – The recent disasters in Oklahoma highlighted the need for law enforcement to have access to emergency contact information. Now as Floridians brace for the 2013 Hurricane Season and create disaster preparedness plans, the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles encourages you to make sure first responders know who to notify if you are in an emergency situation. The Department offers Emergency Contact Information registration online at and in driver license offices (to include driver license offices operated by county tax collectors).

Floridians who hold a current driver license or identification card can enter up to two contacts into the ECI database. Even if you have registered your information previously, it is a good idea to update your contacts periodically, especially if you or your contacts have moved. It takes only a few minutes, and there is no fee to register. The information you register is only available to law enforcement officers in the event of an emergency.

“Registering your emergency contact information can provide families and loved ones with added peace of mind,” said DHSMV Executive Director Julie L. Jones. “We are pleased that more than 7 million Floridians have registered their contacts, but that leaves nearly 10 million whose contact information is not available." 

“The Florida Highway Patrol has run into situations where a person involved in a crash had registered their emergency contact information but failed to update it,” said FHP Director Col. David Brierton. “Outdated information can significantly delay our efforts to provide quick notification to families and loved ones.”

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