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    FL Applying for a New License (Drivers 18+)
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    Verified As Of: 04/24/2015

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    How to Apply for a Florida Driver's License:

    • Visit a Florida DHSMV office.
    • Provide proof of passing a Traffic Law & Substance Abuse Education Course.
    • Provide the required identity and residency documents.
    • Pass the written traffic laws and signs test.
    • Pass the driving test.
    • Pay the $48 Florida driver's license fee.

    For more details, please see below.

    This page will help you obtain your driver's license from the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV).

    NOTE: If you're a teenager, you will need to meet the requirements of the graduated driver licensing (GDL) program before you will be eligible for a Florida drivers license. Please visit our Applying for a New License (Teen Drivers) for more information.

    New to Florida?

    If you're new to Florida and have a valid driver's license from your previous state, you must have it converted to a FL license within 30 days of becoming a resident.

    Follow the instructions listed below to apply for your FL driver's license. In addition to submitting the required documents and fees, you will need to surrender your out-of-state driver's license.

    Your hearing, written, and driving tests may be waived if you have a valid driver's license from another U.S. state, U.S. Territories, and other countries. Testing is done at the discretion of the DHSMV.

    NOTE: If you are younger than 18 years old, your parent or guardian will need to sign your application (unless you are married).

    Types of FL Driver's Licenses

    The Florida DHSMV offers various types of driver's licenses depending on your age and type of vehicle you wish to drive.

    • Non-commercial (Class E): Allows the operation of non-commercial motor vehicles without restrictions.
    • Non-commercial (Class E) learner's permit: Allows teenagers to learn to drive under certain restrictions.
    • Motorcycle endorsement.
    • Commercial driver's license (CDL) (Class A, B, or C): Allows the operation of commercial motor vehicles.

    Eligibility Requirements for a Driver's License

    If you're younger than 18 years old, you'll need to complete the graduated driver's licensing (GDL) program before you will be eligible for a driver's license.

    This requires obtaining a learner's license first and practicing supervised driving for the required amount of time. More information can be found on our Applying for a New License (Teen Drivers) in Florida page.

    If you're 18 years old or older, you will be able to apply for your FL driver's license.

    Apply for a FL Driver's License

    When you're ready to apply for your Florida driver's license, visit your local DHSMV office and:

    • Present proof of your:
      • Identity, e.g. U.S. birth certificate, permanent resident card, or citizenship certificate.
      • Social Security number (SSN), e.g. Social Security card, paycheck, 1099 form.
        • If you don't have a SSN, you will need to provide a letter from the Social Security Administration (SSA) and a secondary proof of identity.
      • FL residential address (2 documents), e.g. rental agreement, insurance policy, bank statement.
      • Completed Traffic Law & Substance Abuse Education Course.
    • Pass the DMV tests:
      • Vision.
      • Hearing.
      • Knowledge.
      • Driving.
    • Pay the $48 fee.

    NOTE: Use the FL DHSMV's Gather Go Get website to get a complete list of documents you will need.

    Once you've passed the exams, you will be issued your new FL driver's license.

    DMV Driver's License Tests

    Before you will be issued your Florida driver's license, you will need to pass both written and driving tests.

    Written Exam

    Your written exam will consist of 50 questions (multiple choice) about road signs and local traffic rules.

    Questions will be based on information found in the Florida Driver Manual, which is available for download.

    If you fail the exam, you will need to pay a $10 fee to re-take it. Contact the FL DHSMV for more information about re-testing.

    Prepare to Pass the Written Test Today

    To help you prepare for the written test, the DHSMV suggests that you study the Florida Driver Handbook. In addition, we recommend studying with an online practice test from our certified partner. These industry-leading study helpers are designed to help you pass the exam on your first attempt.

    Driving Test

    You will need to provide your own vehicle for your road test. It will need to:
    • Have valid registration.
    • Be covered by the minimum insurance required (you will need to show proof of coverage).
    • Pass a vehicle inspection.

    Your driving exam will test your ability to safely operate your vehicle and obey traffic laws. You will need to perform various maneuvers, including:

    • 3-point turn.
    • Parking.
    • Passing a vehicle.
    • Backing.
    • Giving right-of-way.

    If you fail your driving test, you will need to return to the DHSMV office another day to retake the exam and pay a $20 fee.

    FL Drivers License Status Check

    Your Florida Drivers License should take two to four weeks to be delivered. To check your Florida Drivers License status, please go to the Florida Online Drivers License Status Check.

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