EMERGENCY CONTACT INFORMATION CAN BE
ON FILE THROUGH YOUR DRIVER LICENSE
Florida residents can
now register information with the state so police
can quickly contact relatives in an emergency.
The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor
Vehicles unveiled the program on its Web site.
The program adds phone numbers to driver license
information that only law enforcement officers can
access. The state said nearly 13,000 people signed
up in the system's first week.
Here is how it works:
www.hsmv.state.fl.us/ and click on "Emergency
Then input your driver license information on the
first screen and input one or two emergency contacts
on the second page.
Residents without computers should go to a library
or get help from a friend as there is currently no
way to phone in or mail that information.
Residents should also program emergency contacts
into their cell phones under the label "ICE,"
meaning "In Case of Emergency," so that
emergency officials can then find appropriate
contact information on the phone.
With that information, any police officer who runs a
driver license through the system can quickly get
emergency contacts for the person. The system will
be especially useful in finding contacts for people
who live alone or have out-of-state relatives.
This came about as a result of one woman's teenage daughter being killed in
a car accident and taking over five hours to locate the mother to inform
her. This way, if you are in an accident, the police can run the driver
license and have the information right away to notify emergency contacts of
As of October 1st, any child
over five years of age can be issued a Florida identification card. This
will allow your child to be placed into the D.A.V.I.D. system which can
provide vital information and a photograph for law enforcement
in case of
abduction, missing or runaway