Licensing & State Laws
To get your driver’s license in Florida, you’ll move through three licensing stages. As you progress, you’ll also need your parents’ permission at each step.
At age 15 you can apply for a learner’s permit in the state of Florida. You must pass the written, and vision tests, and have a signed parent consent form.
- DMV Practice Questions – Take this sample test to determine if you’re ready to take the state driving test.
With a learner’s permit, you may only drive with a licensed driver age 21 or older who has a valid driver’s license or older supervising and sitting in the front seat.
When you turn 16 and have had a learner’s permit for at least 1 year without any traffic violations and have completed 50 hours of practice driving, (10 of which must be at night), passed a behind-the-wheel driving test, completed a vision test and provided proof of practice driving time, you can apply for this intermediate license. You must also have completed a driver education course approved by the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. A legal guardian must accompany you to the DMV to sign the application form, or their signature must be notarized on the form.
- Keep track of your practice driving with the AAA Driving Log.
At age 18, you can obtain a full unrestricted driver's license if you have had no major traffic convictions during the previous 12 months. Such violations include driving under the influence, drag racing, and reckless driving.
For more information on the licensing process, visit the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles.