So you’ve just turned 15! Happy birthday! Now you can get your Florida learner’s permit and get behind the wheel of a real car on real streets!
But wait … there are a few things you’ll need to do before you strap yourself into the driver’s seat.
Florida has specific laws for minors (anyone under 18) called Graduated Driver Licensing laws (or GDL, for short) that you’ll need to understand and obey before graduating to that fully licensed life!
If you’ve never had a Florida drivers license before (or you’re under 21 and got a DUI), then you need to take a four-hour Drug and Alcohol Course (conveniently online through Aceable of course). The Drug and Alcohol course is also called the TLSAE, which stands for “Traffic Laws and Substance Abuse Education.” Once you’ve completed our 12-level course, we send your completion information to the Florida DHSMV for you. Then, we’ll email you in a couple of days to let you know that you can head down to your local DMV office. A confirmation from us is all you need to get your permit, and you will not get a piece of paper or an electronic copy of your certificate. (Note: If you’re over 18, then you don’t need to take the Drug and Alcohol course at all.)
Once we’ve emailed you, you’re ready to take the Class E Knowledge Test (also known as the Learner Permit Test or Drug and Alcohol Test)! This will be 50 multiple-choice questions about traffic laws and signs, taken from the Official Florida Driver License Handbook (which you’ve studied, right?). You must have 40 correct answers (80%) to pass.
If you’re between ages 14 and 17, you can take the Florida learner’s permit exam online with Aceable, while those age 18 and older must take it at the DMV office.
Once in a while, the Florida DHSMV will randomly select someone to come to the driver license office to take the learners permit test in person, so if that happens to you, we will refund your test fee to you.
Be sure to bring a signed/notarized Parental Consent Form (step-parents are OK if they’ve legally adopted you). Click here to download this form.
Your vision and hearing will be checked at this time, so don’t forget your glasses if you wear them!
Once you pass the Knowledge Exam, you’ll get your Learner’s License! Woot! Just remember, GDL laws state that in your first three months, you can only drive during daylight hours, and after three months you can only drive up until 10pm. And always have a licensed driver at least 21 years old with you.
Drive safe out there!