How to Get a Driver’s License in Florida

In order to apply for an intermediate Florida driver license you must:

  • Be at least 16 years old
  • Have held your learner’s license for at least one year without any traffic convictions. If you receive a moving traffic conviction, the one year period you are required to hold your learner’s license will be extended for one year from the date of the conviction, or until you are 18 years old, whichever happens first.
  • Schedule an appointment at a state driver’s license office using the DHSMV’s Online Appointment Service and Information System, or by calling your local tax collector’s office. Check for office locations near you.
  • Provide parent or guardian certification that you have completed at least 50 hours of behind-the-wheel driving experience, of which 10 hours must be at night
  • Provide proof of current registration and insurance on the vehicle you will be driving during the test
  • Take the driving test and perform certain driving maneuvers, or present a waiver from an accepted behind-the-wheel driver education course.

Florida Driver’s License Restrictions

Your intermediate Class E license has restrictions based on your age.

  • If you are 16 years old, you may drive between 6 AM and 11 PM.
  • Once you turn 17 years old, you may drive between 5 AM and 1 AM.

At all other times, you must be accompanied by a licensed driver who is at least 21 years old and occupies the front passenger seat, or be traveling to or from work.

When you reach age 18, these restrictions are removed from your license.

How to Keep Your Driving Privilege

The Florida DHSMV keeps track of traffic convictions and collisions by assigning a point value to each moving violation. If you receive 6 points on your driving record within a 12 month period, your driving privileges are automatically restricted to business purposes only for 12 months or until you are 18, whichever happens first. If you receive additional points during this restricted period, the restriction is extended 90 days for each additional point.

If you are a young driver, your license can also be restricted for other reasons:

  • If you are under age 21, your license can also be suspended for drinking alcohol. If you have a blood alcohol level of .02% or more, your license will be suspended for six months.
  • If you are under 18, your license can be suspended if:
    • You are truant in your school attendance. If you accumulate 15 unexcused absences in 90 calendar days, your driving privilege will be suspended until you provide proof you have attended school for 30 consecutive days.
    • You are convicted for possession of tobacco or nicotine products.