How to Get a Florida Drivers License

How to Get a Florida Drivers License

For Teen Drivers and Adults

How to get Your Florida Learners Permit and Drivers License

There are two types of people getting their first drivers license in Florida - Teens Getting Their Learners Permit and Adults Getting their first Drivers License. Below you will find step by step instructions with the specific courses you need to take to get your drivers license.

Teens Getting a Learners Permit and Drivers License

As a teenager in Florida you can get your learners Permit at 15 years old and a year later you can get your Drivers License. Here are the steps to getting your Learners Permit and your Drivers License.

Driving with your Learners Permit

The first rule of driving with a learners permit in Florida is that you can never drive alone - you must always have a licensed driver 21 or older in the seat closest to you. You must also follow these rules:

  • You are required to have your learners permit for 12 months or until your 18th Birthday to get your Class E Drivers License
  • You can only drive during day light hours for the first 3 months
  • After 3 months you can drive until 10pm
  • You are required to have 50 hours of driving experience before you can get your Class E Drivers License
  • At least 10 hours of night driving experience is required

More details on Getting Your Learners Permit


Adults Getting Their First Drivers License

If you are 18 or older getting your first drivers license in Florida you are not required to hold a learners permit - you can go straight to a Class E unrestricted drivers License. Here are the steps to follow.

Florida has many drivers that get their first drivers license as an adult. The process of getting your first license when you are 18 or older is different in that you are required to take the Permit Test in person at a local DMV Office and you are not required to hold a learners permit - you can skip that step and get your drivers license.

Step 1. Take the DATA Course Online

The DATA course must be taken before anyone - regardless of age - can get their first drivers license in Florida. And adults can take this course online.

Step 2. Study for the Permit Test

The Permit Test (also known as the DMV Test) is the 50 question test that all new drivers must pass. As an Adult you are required to take this test in person - you cannot take it online. We highly recommend studying the Florida Drivers Handbook or taking an online study guide. The permit test has 40 questions on the rules and regulations of driving in Florida and 10 questions about Florida Road Signs.

Step 3. Pass the Permit Test

Go to a DMV Office and take the Permit Test.

After you pass the permit test you have the option of getting a learners Permit to practice driving or you can take the Road Test (Behind the Wheel Driving Test) and get your Class E drivers license.