I've used wheelchairs before and have been asked for my license to make a copy. Never have they asked for them to "hold" my license. What if I needed it during my venture?
It is common practice to hold someones driver's license when lending and even renting equipment. It is not illegal to do so. (Although I am not licensed in Fla., so am not aware of any strange laws that would address this issue in your state).
My disclaimer is simply that Avvo already has an adequate disclaimer.
In short: It is not unlawful for a business to condition your rental of their wheelchair upon your allowing them to hold your driver's license during such rental. If you need your driver's license during your venture, you may want to ask if they would be willing to hold something else as collateral instead--perhaps a credit card. If they are unwilling to do so, then you may need to find a different wheelchair provider.
I agree with my colleagues. It's not illegal for the business to hold your license. If you need your license, see if they will agree to hold a credit card. If the business won't agree, find another provider. I'm sure there's more than one out there.
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If they offer courtesy wheel chairs there is no prohibition on holding your DL. This may be to prevent theft or positive ID for damages caused. They should allow you to use your own wheel chair as you wish without such a requirement.
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