Licensing & State Laws
Are you legally allowed to drive without supervision now? Learn more about Florida’s multi-stage licensing process.
At age 15 you can apply for a learner’s license in the state of Florida. You must pass the written driver’s test, and vision tests, and have a signed parent consent form.
With a learner’s license, 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 license 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.
When you have an intermediate license and you are 16 years old, you may only drive between 6 a.m. and 11 p.m. and if you are 17 years old, you may only drive between 5 a.m. and 1 a.m., unless accompanied by a licensed driver who is at least 21 years old and sits in the front passenger seat, or if you are traveling to or from work.
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.
Now is a good time to set up a parent-teen driving agreement to help you and your parents establish expectations related to both their rules and those of the state.
For more information on the licensing process, visit the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles.
- Expect to present your driver’s license, the vehicle registration and proof of insurance.
- Always cooperate and be respectful with law enforcement, whether you’re the driver or a passenger.
- Talk to your parent about what happened.
If you get a ticket or are in a crash, it could lead to a court appearance and many unpleasant consequences.
- Suspended driving privileges
- Driver’s license points
- Attorney’s fees
- Court costs
- Insurance rate increases
The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles is in charge of licensing for all drivers in Florida. FLHSMV keeps track of your license status and can suspend your license if you get too many tickets, don’t keep insurance on your car or commit other violations.
- StartSmart: Practice Driving – AAA’s tips for parents and teens about practice driving.
- StartSmart: Always Use Seat Belts – 63 percent of 16- to 20-year-olds who die in car crashes aren’t buckled up.
- StartSmart: Distractions and Driving – Read about the most common distractions, and get helpful advice for teens and parents.
- Parent-Teen Driving Agreement – Signing a formal agreement with your parent helps in multiple ways.
- Driver-ZED – Offered by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, Driver-ZED is a computer-based program to help you practice driving.