How to Get Your Florida Driver's or Learner's License

It’s finally here — the day you’ve been waiting for! You’re ready to get your Florida learner’s permit or your driver’s license. But before you head over to the driver’s license and motor vehicle service center and wait in line, you’ll want to make sure you’re fully prepared.

Here’s a closer look at the requirements to obtain a learner’s license or driver’s license in Florida.

Obtaining a Florida Learner’s License

Applying for a Florida Learner’s License is the first step toward getting your driver’s license. To begin the process, you must be at least 15 years old and complete the following steps:

Note that you’ll need to visit the driver’s license office in person and provide original documents.

Obtaining a Florida Intermediate Driver’s License (Teens 16-17)

You must be at least 16 years old to apply for a Florida Driver’s license. In addition, you must have had your learner’s license for at least 12 months or until you turn 18 (whichever comes first) and have at least 50 hours of driving, with 10 of the hours being at night.  

To obtain your license, here's what you'll need to bring to the DMV:

Obtaining a Florida Driver’s License (Adults 18+)

Adults over the age of 18 do not need to go through the process of getting a learner’s license, even if they are getting a driver’s license for the first time. However, you will still have to take an approved TLSAE course and pass a written exam as well as vision and hearing tests.  

You’ll also need to provide the same required documents and take a road test using a vehicle that has a valid registration and meets the state’s minimum insurance requirements. Once you pass this test, you’ll receive your full unrestricted driver’s license right away.

Final Quick Tips

Now that you’re familiar with all the requirements, you can start preparing to get your Florida learner’s license or driver’s license. Before you head out, though, it’s important to note that many driver’s license offices now require appointments for service. Be sure to check with the appropriate offices in your county to confirm the process and schedule an appointment if necessary.

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