How to Get Your Florida Drivers License for Teens (15-17)

The State of Florida uses a Graduated Licensing (GDL) system – which allows young drivers to gain the valuable experience and knowledge they need before obtaining full driving privileges. This system places limits and restrictions on drivers under the age of 18 to build their driving skills.

However, there’s a lot to know and the process can seem a bit overwhelming. We’re here to assure you it’s not. Here is a step-by-step list of what it takes to get your Florida Driver's License:

Step 1: Getting Your Learners Permit

  • You must be at least 15 years old
  • Start by taking an approved Traffic Law and Substance Abuse Education (TLSAE) course. This is a required course that all new drivers must take, and can be completed online. 
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  • Once you have completed the TLSAE - go to the Driver's License office (make an appointment before you go):
    • If you are under 18 years old, you must have a signed/notarized Parental Consent Form. This can be signed in the presence of a driver license examiner, or it must be notarized if your parent/guardian won’t be there.
    • You will need documents to prove your identity – including your Social Security number, and your residential address. For a personalized list of what to bring, go to gathergoget.com 
    • Then you will need to pass the Class E Knowledge Test. Prepare for the exam by studying the Official Florida Driver License Handbook. 
    • You will also need to take a vision and hearing test. You must have at least 2040 vision in each of both eyes. You should wear your contacts or glasses to the DHSMV when you go.

Step 2: Drivers Training - Behind the Wheel Experience

  • You must drive at least 50 hours with your Learner’s license:
    • 10 hours of which must be at night, and
    • Always accompanied by an adult over 21 years of age

Driving Curfews

LICENSE TYPE HOURS NOTE
Learner’s License Daylight hours first three months license issued–10pm after three months ALWAYS accompanied by a licensed driver 21+

Step 3: Getting your Florida Driver's License

  • You must be at least 16 years old
  • You must hold Florida Learner’s license for 12 months or age 18 (whichever comes first)
  • Provide signed Certification of Minor Driving Experience Form
  • You must not have any moving violation convictions for one year since learner’s date of issuance (OR may have one moving violation as long as adjudication was withheld)
  • You will then need to pass a Driving Skills Test

Driving Curfews

LICENSE TYPE HOURS NOTE
16 years old with Operator’s License NOT between 11pm to 6am Unless driving to or from work OR accompanied by a licensed driver 21+
17 years old with Operator’s License NOT between 1am to 5am Unless driving to or from work OR accompanied by a licensed driver 21+