Learner's Permit Checklist in Florida

Learner's Permit Checklist

How to Get Your Florida Learner License

** Did You Prepare for the Written Exam?

Your written exam can be quite intimidating if you're not fully prepared for it. In fact, around 70% of first-time applicants fail their first attempt.

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Bring to the FL DHSMV:

  • Proof of identity (please see below for acceptable documents)
  • Proof of your Social Security number (i.e. your Social Security card)
  • Proof of your Florida residency (please see below for acceptable documents)
    • If your parent/guardian is providing proof of residency for you (see below), you will need to also fill out a change of address at the DMV or online.
  • Proof of completion for your TLSAE driver education course
  • A completed Parental Content for a Driver Application of a Minor (Form HSMV 71142).
    • This form MUST either:
      • Be signed in the presence of the driver license examiner.
      • Be notarized, if your parent or guardian can't come with you to the DMV office.
  • Payment for the $48 learner's permit fee

At the DMV...

  • Have your parent or guardian sign the Parental Consent for Driver Application of a Minor (Form HSMV 71142), or submit a notarized form
  • Submit the required documents listed above
  • Pass the written knowledge exam, UNLESS you took the test as part of your TLSAE course
  • Pass a vision exam
  • Pay the $48 permit fee

List of Acceptable Documents

Proof of Identity

  • Original or certified U.S. birth certificate
  • Valid, unexpired U.S. passport or passport card
  • Consular Report of Birth Abroad
  • Certificate of Naturalization
  • Form N-550 or N-570
  • Certificate of Citizenship
  • Form N-560 or N-561

Proof of Social Security

  • Social Security card
  • W-2 form
  • Pay check or pay stub
  • SSA-1099 or any non-handwritten 1099 form

Proof of Residency

*NOTE: Since teen applicants likely don't possess many of these items on their own, your parent or guardian may provide their proof of residency for you, along with a change of address done in person at the DHSMV or online.

  • Florida voter registration card
  • Mortgage or rental statement
  • Florida car title or registration card
  • Auto insurance policy
  • Auto payment booklet
  • Homeowner's insurance policy
  • Florida boat title or registration card
  • Recent utility bill
  • Selective Service card
  • Medical or health insurance card that shows your address
  • School transcripts from the current year
  • W-2 or 1099 form
  • Unexpired U.S. government-issued professional license
  • Mail from a financial institution
  • U.S. mail from city, county, state, or federal agencies

For a complete list of documents, please visit the Florida DHSMV's GatherGoGet website.


HSMV 71142
Parental Consent for a Driver Application of a Minor
This form must be signed by a parent or guardian when a minor applies for a Florida driver's license.
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