Florida Drivers License
DMV Services: Drivers License Check
There are 14 million licensed Florida drivers. Every year the Florida DMV issues 800,000 plus new drivers licenses. New residents to Florida with out-of-state licenses reach well over 400,000 annually. In other words, the DMV offices are busy so you need to know your requirements and be prepared before going into an office to save yourself time.
This section will address getting a Restricted License (also known as Learners Permit) and an Operators License for Florida Residents. We have provided shortcuts to other drivers license types offered in Florida.
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Getting a Restricted License (learners permit)
A Learners permit, also called restricted license, is issued to teenagers between ages 15 and 17 once they complete the required course and tests. A teenager must have a learners permit for one year while practicing their driving skills with an adult. After 12 months, he/ she can then take the behind-the-wheel driving test for a full Florida operators license.
For more details on a restricted license read the Learners Permit page
If you are 18 years or older, you are not required to retain a learners license but you still must complete the required course and tests before going in for a behind-the-wheel driving test.
Getting a Drivers License for Florida Residents
Florida Drivers license for out of state drivers
Florida Drivers license for non US citizens
If you are getting a drivers license for the first time and are 18 years or older, you must complete the four-hour Drug and Alcohol Traffic Awareness (DATA) course and the written DMV test on road signs and road rules. Both the DATA course and the written DMV test are available online from DMV approved schools.
Once you receive your Certificate of Completion for the DATA course and DMV test you then make an appointment with your local drivers license office to take the behind-the-wheel driving test.
Along with your Certificate of Completion you must bring two forms of identification to show proof of birth date and social security number to the drivers license office. The primary identification must be an original or certified birth certificate or social security card.
At the drivers license office you will also take a vision test, behind-the-wheel driving test, pay a driver license fee, and get your picture taken for an operator's license.
Class E (operators license) Age Restrictions
Drivers under 18 with a Class E (Operator) license have restrictions as follows:
16 Year olds cannot drive from 11pm to 6am unless accompanied by a 21 year old licensed driver or driving to and from work
17 Year olds cannot drive from 1am to 5am unless accompanied by a 21 year old licensed driver or driving to and from work