Obtain Re-Entry Vehicle Windshield Stickers
Now is the time to get your Re-entry Vehicle Windshield Stickers. Do not wait until just before a storm.
The Atlantic hurricane season begins June 1. Now is the time for all residents of Monroe County who don’t already have a Re-Entry Windshield Sticker to obtain one for their vehicle. Do not wait until a storm is approaching.
These stickers will be needed in the event that checkpoints are required to assure safe re-entry into the Keys following a destructive storm.
Beginning this hurricane season, and in order to make re-entry smoother for everyone, residents no longer will be able to pass through re-entry checkpoints without a valid re-entry sticker. Those who don’t obtain them in advance will be delayed getting back into the Keys. They will be detoured to a location out of the County to obtain a re-entry sticker.
Residents can obtain one sticker for each vehicle registered in their name. You will need a proof of residency: driver’s license, utility bill, rental agreement, tax bill, etc. The stickers are color-coded based on where you live for possible zone by zone re-entry.
- Yellow for Upper Keys (County line, including Ocean Reef, to north end of Long Key Bridge) MM 113 to MM 64
- Blue for Middle Keys (south end of Long Key Bridge to north end of 7 Mile Bridge) MM 64 to MM 47
- Red for Lower Keys (south end of 7 Mile Bridge to Stock Island) MM 40 to MM 4
- White for City of Key West
In the event a storm devastates a particular area of the Keys, the color-coded re-entry stickers will allow law enforcement the option of authorizing people returning to relatively intact areas of the Keys to return sooner than those who live in more badly damaged areas.
Several factors are considered in the re-entry process, including whether emergency personnel, supplies and equipment have been brought in and set up, whether rescue crews have had enough time to assist any trapped or injured people in the hurricane affected area and, most importantly, whether it is judged to be safe for residents to re-enter a particular area.
Where to Get Re-Entry Stickers
- Residents who live in Key West: Stickers are available at Key West City Hall (1300 White Street) or the Key West Police Department (1604 North Roosevelt Boulevard). The hours for both are from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays
- Residents who live from Ocean Reef to Stock Island: Stickers are available at the Monroe County Sheriff’s substations or at the Department of Motor Vehicle/Driver License service centers listed below. Monroe County residents who are not currently in the County also can get them via mail. (See below). For residents who live at Ocean Reef, stickers also are available at Ocean Reef Public Safety,110 Anchor Drive in Key Largo.
Monroe County Sheriff's Office locations:
All are open 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays for sticker pickup.
- Monroe County Sheriff’s Office Headquarters: 5525 College Road, Key West, FL 33040; 305-292-7000
- Freeman Substation, Lower Keys Area, District 1; 20950 Overseas Highway, Cudjoe Key, FL 33042; 305-745-3184
- Marathon Substation, Middle Keys Area, District's 4 and 5; 3103 Overseas Highway; Marathon, FL 33050; 305-289-2430
- Islamorada, District 6; 86800 Overseas Highway, First Floor; Islamorada, FL 33036; 305-664-6480
- Roth Building, Upper Keys, District 7; 50 High Point Road, Suite 100; Tavernier, FL 33070; 305-853-3211
Department of Motor Vehicle and/or Driver License Service Centers:
- 101487 Overseas Highway, Key Largo; 8 a.m. to 4:15 p.m., Mondays through Fridays
- 3439 South Roosevelt Blvd., Key West; 8 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. Monday through Fridays
- 1200 Truman Avenue, Suite 101, Key West, 8 am. to 4:45 p.m. Monday through Fridays
- 88800 Overseas Highway, Plantation Key (Islamorada), 8 am. to 4:45 p.m. Mondays through Fridays
- The Marathon Offices do not have the stickers at this time.
- You can mail proof of Monroe County residency (Florida driver's license, utility bill, tax bill, etc.) to Tamara Snider, Monroe County Sheriff's Office Headquarters, 5525 College Road, Key West, FL 33040. Include your return address and contact information, in case the Sheriff's Office personnel have questions. The appropriate colored re-entry sticker will be mailed to you.
The revised Monroe County Placard Reentry Program is available to agencies with representation at the Emergency Operations Center. These agencies can obtain early reentry placards for their employees from Monroe County Emergency Management.
New this year, businesses or organizations not represented within the EOC but believe they have an essential response mission and wish to apply for inclusion within the Second Tier of the Placard Program, may apply directly with Emergency Management. The placard program enrollment period for 2018 is June 15 - July 31. Applications are available at www.monroecountyem.com/placardprogram or click below.
REMINDER: ALL PLACARD PROGRAM APPLICATIONS FOR 2018 MUST BE RECEIVED BY JULY 31.
The applications will be reviewed by Emergency Management.
- IF APPROVED: You will be contacted within 21 days of the application submission if your business/organization's request is approved and will be given instructions how to get your placards.
- IF NOT APPROVED: You will receive an email within 21 days of the application submission if your business/organization's request is not approved. The email will include the reasons and provide opportunity to address those issues and resubmit the application.
Monroe Emergency Reserve Corps
Citizens who go through Monroe County’s Community Emergency Response Training (CERT) and become part of the volunteer Monroe Emergency Reserve Corps also can obtain early re-entry placards. To volunteer for this program, go to www.monroecounty-fl.gov/volunteermonroe or click below.
The first training for CERT instructors is June 16 and 17. The class is full, with 40 people signed up. Once the instructors receive their certification, they will begin setting up CERT training for volunteers in locations throughout the Keys. That information will be forthcoming.
When a storm is destructive to the Keys, re-entry after evacuations must be done in an orderly, staged manner when it is safe and there are enough services for people to return. For information about re-entry procedures, click here.