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Obtaining Your Florida Learner's License

The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FL DHSMV) mandates that new drivers seeking their first license must complete a Traffic Law and Substance Abuse Education (TLSAE) course to obtain a learner's license.

Florida Learner's License Requirements

To be eligible for a Florida learner's license, you must:

  • Be at least 15 years old
  • Complete a TLSAE course
  • Provide a parental consent form (for applicants under 18), signed in front of a driver license examiner or notarized if a parent or guardian cannot be present
  • Present proof of identity, social security number (if issued), and residential address; visit FL DHSMV for document information
  • Pass a knowledge exam consisting of 50 multiple-choice questions on traffic laws and signs; achieve at least 80% (40 correct answers) to pass. While we're one of the schools that do not offer the knowledge exam, note that the exam can be taken at the DMV for a lower fee than at other traffic schools. If unsuccessful on the first attempt, the knowledge exam retest fee must be paid
  • Undergo vision and hearing tests
  • Pay the application fee for an Original Class E License, which includes your learner's license

Practicing with a Parent or Guardian

Florida law stipulates that learner's license holders must drive with a licensed driver aged 21 or older in the front passenger seat at all times.

For the first three months, you may drive during daylight hours only. Afterward, driving is permitted until 10 PM. You cannot drive alone until obtaining an intermediate license at age 16 or older.

Complete a minimum of 50 hours of behind-the-wheel driving experience, with 10 hours at night. Upon applying for an intermediate license, a parent or guardian must verify the completion of practice hours.