Florida Learners Permit Penalties
Teenagers in Florida are eligible to get a restricted drivers license when they turn 15 years old. The restricted license, also known as a learner permit, has specific restrictions and tougher penalties for speeding tickets or any traffic citation that results in points.
Get No Tickets with Your Learners Permit
All drivers' ages 15 to 17 years old must keep their Learners Permit free of points for 12 consecutive months before applying for a full driver's license. If a Learners Permit driver receives a ticket and wants to avoid the points, a DMV approved Florida Traffic School must be completed. The course is commonly called the four-hour Basic Driver Improvement course.
If the Learner Permit driver does not complete a Florida Traffic School course and accumulates points then a full driver's license cannot be obtained until the age of 18 years or 12 consecutive months are completed with no additional points. And, once a Learners Permit has six (6) points restrictions start applying such as driving for business purposes only. One speeding ticket going 15 mph or faster can result in four (4) points on a Learners Permit.
Auto Insurance for Young Drivers
In addition to the penalties described above new drivers that incur points on their learner permit may find it very difficult to obtain car insurance. And if car insurance can be found it will be extremely expensive. Parents should be aware of these penalties and costs as they teach their teenager to drive.
Getting your learners permt - restricted license summary:
- Complete the DATA course - you must 14 1/2 years old
- Study the Florida Drivers handbook to prepare for the DMV Test
- Take the DMV test - you must be 15 years old
- Take a vision test at your local DMV office and get your learner permit
Learners Permit Restrictions
A Florida learners permit is also known as a restricted license. This is because it has specific restrcitions and requirements as follows:
- Be accompanied by a license driver 21 or older in the front passenger
- For the first 3 months only drive between 6 a.m. and 7 p.m.
- After the first 3 months drive between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m.
- Hold your Learners License for 12 months with no convictions
Getting your Operators License - Class E
All Florida drivers 15 or older and under 18 years old must hold their learners license for at least 12 months with no convictions to get their class E drivers licesne. Additional requirements include:
- Complete 50 hours of driving experience with your learners permit
- At least 10 hours of driving must be at night