Florida Law SB 1718

Last Updated

July 20, 2023

On May 10, 2023, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed SB 1718 into law. This law impacts various issues affecting immigrants, including state and local government funding for community identifications, invalidation of certain out-of-state driver’s licenses and permits for undocumented immigrants, collection and reporting of immigration status by hospitals receiving Medicaid, expansion of E-Verify and other employment-related provisions, and criminal ramifications for those transporting certain migrants into the state of Florida.

The law went into effect on July 1, 2023. Below, you will find one-pagers on the largest sections covered by this law. The one-pagers are meant to provide an overview of these sections. They are not meant to be all-inclusive of every detail of this law. They are not legal advice. It is also important to note that some parts of the law are vague or do not define important terms that are used. This means that interpretations have come out and will continue coming out. It is important to know what the provisions actually state.

On July 17, 2023, a lawsuit was filed regarding the “smuggling” provision. Please note that lawsuits take time, so we do not expect an immediate result. Please do not assume implementation has changed unless you hear this from a reliable source. Because of existing lawsuits and those to come, implementation, interpretation, and enforcement of the law may keep evolving. Please be sure to check with trusted sources.


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