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    SUMMARY: How to Apply for a Florida Driver's License

    You will need to apply for your FL driver’s license in person at a DHSMV office. You will most likely need to pass a road exam, knowledge exam, hearing test, and vision test. You will also need to pay a fee to obtain your driver’s license.

    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.

    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.
    • 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.

    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.

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