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    Applying for a Teen Driver’s License in Florida

    In an effort to minimize the risks associated with first-time drivers on the road, the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV) has implemented a graduated driver licensing (GDL) law.

    The program requires all teen drivers to achieve certain milestones prior to obtaining a driver’s license. Many of these milestones are based on age and experience.

    New to Florida?

    If you’re new to Florida and have held a driver’s license in your previous state, you may transfer it without having to take the written and road tests.

    You will need to visit your local Florida DHSMV office with various required documents. Use the GatherGoGet website to find out what documents you need to bring.

    For more information, please contact the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles at (850) 617-2000.

    If you have an out-of-state learner’s permit or intermediate driver’s license, you may transfer it for a Florida learner’s license or intermediate license. Follow the steps outlined in the “Florida Learner’s Permit” and “Intermediate Driver’s License” sections below.

    FL Graduated Driver’s Licensing Law

    If you’re under 18 years old, you must complete the following stages of the Florida GDL program:

    • Learner’s license.
    • Intermediate driver’s license.
    • Full privilege driver’s license.

    Until you obtain your full driver’s license, you will have to follow certain driving restrictions, which are detailed below.

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    Age Requirements

    • Learner’s license: 15 years old.
    • Intermediate license: 16 to 17 years old.
    • Full privilege driver’s license: 18 years old.

    Florida Learner’s Permit

    In order to apply for a Florida learner’s license, you must be at least 15 years old and have completed the Florida Traffic Law and Substance Abuse Education (TLSAE) course. For more information, visit our Driver’s Ed in Florida page.

    You must visit your local FL DMV office with:

    • A completed Parental Consent for a Driver Application of a Minor (Form HSMV 71142).
    • Proof of your identity (e.g. certified U.S. birth certificate).
    • Proof of your Social Security number (e.g. Social Security card).
    • Proof that you have completed a TLSAE course OR your out-of-state learner’s permit.
    • Proof of your Florida residential address.

    For more information, please refer to this list of required documents or use the GatherGoGet system.

    Once you provide the required documents mentioned above, you’ll need to pass the following:

    • Vision exam.
    • Hearing test.
    • Written knowledge exam.
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    The best way to prepare for the written exam is to study with the assistance of an online practice test. These have been created from material sourced directly from the Florida driver handbook.

    Driving Restrictions and Behind-the-Wheel Practice

    With your learner's license in your possession, you can only drive during daytime hours for the first 3 months. After this time, you will be allowed to drive until 10 p.m.

    You must always be with a licensed driver who is at least 21 years old and is sitting in the front passenger seat.

    Before moving on to your intermediate driver’s license:

    • You must practice driving for at least 50 hours.
    • 10 hours of the total 50 must be driven at night.

    Intermediate Driver’s License

    To move on to your intermediate driver’s license, you must:

    • Be at least 16 years old.
    • Have had your learner’s license for at least 1 year without incident.
    • Have completed a minimum of 50 hours of behind-the-wheel driving experience (10 hours must be at night).

    You must visit the Florida DHSMV and:

    • Submit your FL learner’s license or out-of-state learner’s permit.
    • Pass a driving test OR present a road test waiver from your Driver’s Ed course.
    • Submit certification that you’ve completed the required behind-the-wheel hours.

    Intermediate License Driving Restrictions

    Depending on your age, you’ll need to follow certain driving restrictions while on your intermediate driver’s license.

    • 16 years old: You may drive unsupervised, but only between 6 a.m. and 11 p.m.
    • 17 years old: You may only drive unsupervised between 5 a.m. and 1 a.m.

    Regardless of your age, you can drive at any time of day if:

    • You’re supervised by a licensed driver who is at least 21 years old.
      OR
    • You are driving to and from work.

    Full Unrestricted Driver’s License

    Once you turn 18 years old, your intermediate driver’s license will turn into a full-privilege driver’s license. You will no longer need to follow any driving restrictions or have a licensed driver supervising you.

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