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Florida teens are required to have their learner's license (also known as a learner's permit) for at least one year before they can get a driver license. You can apply for your permit, which allows you to drive while accompanied by a licensed adult, when you're 15. In order to get your permit, you'll need to pass a 50-question written exam. The best way to prepare is to study the Florida Driver License Handbook. In addition to studying for your written exam, you'll also need to complete a Traffic Law and Substance Abuse Education (TLSAE) course. This requirement may be waived if you take a comprehensive driver education course.
Once you've completed or waived your TLSAE course and studied the handbook, you're ready to schedule an appointment at the DMV. You'll need to bring:
Once you get your learner's license, be sure to abide by all its restrictions. You're only allowed to drive with a licensed driver in the front seat who is at least 21. You can only drive during daylight hours for the first three months. After that, you cannot drive after 10:00 p.m. If you break these rules, it could interfere with your ability to get your Florida driver license.
If you're at least 16 and you've had your permit for a year or longer without any traffic convictions, you're eligible to apply for your first Florida driver license. Though an intermediate license still comes with a few restrictions, it will allow you to drive on your own.
In order to get your intermediate license, you'll need to make another trip to the DMV. Be sure to bring your proof of identity, social security number, and residential address, like you did when applying for your permit. At the DMV, you'll also need to take a road skills test, unless you've taken a driver education course with an instructor who was approved to administer the road skills test on their own.
The Florida driver license exam includes two parts: a vehicle inspection and a skills test. Be sure you've practiced driving the vehicle in which you'll be taking the test. Ultimately, your test administrator will be looking to confirm several things:
Once you've gotten your intermediate license, a few restrictions still apply:
As long as you have a safe driving record, all restrictions are removed from your license when you turn 18. Then you're free to hit the road whenever you choose!