Learner’s Permit

How To Get a Learner’s Permit in Florida

Florida is the first state in the nation to develop the Graduated Driver’s License program in 1996. Teens aged 15 to 17 must go through three stages to increasing driver’s responsibility. They must be capable of passing each stage before obtaining the full, permanent driver’s license.

To help you get started, we gather the steps you need to take to get a Learner’s Permit to getting your Operator’s License.

 

Step 1. Complete the Traffic Law and Substance Abuse Education Course (TLSAE)

Ø For Florida Residents

The DMV requires you to complete the course before applying for a temporary driving permit (restricted driver license) in Florida. You must be 14 and 1/2 years old to be eligible for the TLSAE course offered by your local high school. Driver education courses offered by other county schools may also substitute for this requirement. You can contact your local school board for information.

Ø For New Residents

If you are new to Florida and do not have a non-provisional license from another state, you need to go through the Graduated Driver License Program. If you have your old state license for a year, you can skip the learner’s permit and apply straight for an Operator’s License> However, you will still be required to take the Traffic Law and Substance Abuse Education (TLSAE) Course first.

 

Step 2. Apply for your Learner’s Permit

Before going to the DMV office, schedule an appointment for faster and easier process. And to get your driver’s permit, you must provide the following:

Ø Proof that you have completed the TLSAE course or an equivalent driving course/license from any state or county

Ø A Parental Consent Form signed in the presence of a driver’s license examiner or a notarized form if  your parent or guardian is not with you when you apply.

Ø Please note that unmarried teens under the age of 18 must be accompanied by their parents or legally appointed guardian. Stepparents are not allowed to sign the parents Consent Form unless they have legally adopted you.

 

Valid Documents to Bring

Ø One Primary proof of identification

  • Certified United States birth certificate, including territories and District of Columbia (Hospital birth certificates are not accepted)
  •  Valid United States Passport or Passport Card
  • Consular Report of Birth Abroad
  • Certificate of Naturalization, Form N-550 or Form N-570
  • Certificate of Citizenship, Form N-560 or Form N-561

Ø One Secondary proof of identification

  • School record stating date of birth which must contain the registrar’s signature
  • Baptism certificate which shows date of birth and place of baptism
  • Family bible record or birth announcement in a baby book
  • An insurance policy which has been active for the last two years and has the month, day and year of birth

Ø Proof of date of birth

  • Certified United States birth certificate, including territories and District of Columbia (Hospital birth certificates are not accepted)

Ø One Proof of Social Security Number (SSN)

  • Social Security Card (must be original and states your current full name)
  • W-2 Form
  • Pay check/stub
  • SSA-1099
  • Any 1099

Ø 2 Different Proof of Residential Address

  • Deed, mortgage, monthly mortgage statement, mortgage payment booklet or residential rental/lease agreement
  • Florida Voter Registration Card
  • Florida Vehicle Registration or Title
  • Florida Boat Registration or Title (if living on a boat/houseboat)
  • Two proofs of residential address from applicant’s parent, step-parent, legal guardian or other person with whom the applicant resides, along with (see next)
  • A statement from a parent, step-parent, legal guardian or other person with whom the applicant resides, combined with two proofs of their residential address (see above)
  • A utility hook up or work order dated within 60 days of the application
  • Automobile Payment Booklet
  • Selective Service Card
  • Medical or health card with address listed
  • Current homeowner’s insurance policy or bill
  • Current automobile insurance policy or bill
  • Educational institution transcript forms for the current school year
  • Unexpired professional license issued by a government agency in the U.S.
  • W-2 form or 1099 form
  • Form DS2019, Certificate of Eligibility for Exchange Visitor (J-1) status
  • A letter from a homeless shelter, transitional service provider, or a half-way house verifying that they receive mail for the customer. The letter must be accompanied by the Certification of Address Form (see next)
  • Certification of Address Form combined with a letter from a homeless shelter, transitional service provider, or a half-way house (see above)
  • Utility bills, not more than two months old
  • Mail from financial institutions; including checking, savings, or investment account statements, not more than two months old
  • Mail from Federal, State, County or City government agencies (including city and county agencies)
  • Transients – Sexual Offender/Predator/Career Offender: – FDLE Registration form

 

You are required to take the following tests:

Ø Written exam – made up of two multiple-choice sections, the Road Rules (traffic rules) and Road Signs. Each section consist of 20 questions. You need to get at least 15 correct answers for each section to pass the exam.

Ø Vision Test - you must have at least 20/40 vision in each eye without corrective lenses or better if with a corrective lens to pass

Ø Hearing test

* You can also save time and effort in processing your learner’s Permit application by doing the test online through the American Safety Council. It is the only provider authorized by the state to offer online driver license test. You can learn more about the online driver license test by visiting American Safety Council website for first time drivers.

 

Conditions for Driving using a learner’s Permit

Ø First 3 months - you may drive during daylight hours only

Ø On your fourth month and onward – you can drive until 10 p.m.

Ø At all timesmust be accompanied with a licensed driver aged 21 years or older occupying the front passenger seat as you drive

 

Step 3. Pass the Parent-Supervised in-Car Driving Training

Ø The state of Florida requires your parent/guardian to certify that you have spent:

  • A minimum of 50 hours behind the wheel to qualify for the first-time driver’s license
  • Ten of those hours must be at night
  • A responsible and licensed adult 21 years of age or older must have always accompanied you in the front passenger seat

Ø Get your driving skills in check. You can download a parent-teen driving skills guide to get your skills mastery checklist, driving log and driving certification form. You can the form notarized or signed by your parent/guardian and witnessed by an examiner at the DHSMV.

 

Step 4. Apply for an Intermediate Driver’s License

Ø Minimum requirements:

  • At least 16 years of age
  • Must have a license permit for at least one year with a clean driving record

Ø Documents to provide

  • A Florida learner’s permit or a  valid license from another state/county
  • Certification from your parent or guardian that you have spent a minimum of 50 hours of behind-the-wheel driving, with 10 hours of those occurred at night

Ø Next, you will be required to take a driving test where you will be asked to perform specific maneuvers

Ø Conditions for driving with an intermediate license

  • For 16 years old - you can drive from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. unless you are driving to and from work or have a licensed driver over the age of 21 sitting in the car’s front passenger seat
  • For 17 year olds - the same rules apply, only the hours are different. You can drive from 5 a.m to 1 a.m.

 

Driving is a PRIVILEGE, do not lose it

There are a number of ways or infractions that can lead you to lose or restrict your driving privileges.

Ø If you receive a moving traffic conviction while you have a learner’s permit, the one year requirement (probation period) for you to hold onto your Learner’s Permit will be extended for another one year or until you are 18 years old, whichever happens first

Ø If you receive 6 points on your driving record within the 12 month’s probation period, your driving privileges will be automatically restricted to “business purposes” only for another 12 months or until you are 18 years old, whichever happens first. If you receive additional points within the restricted period, you will be penalized for 90 days extension for every points you accumulated.

Ø Should your blood alcohol level of 0.02% or more (applied for those under the age 21), your driving privileges will be suspended for six months

Ø Truant school attendance will also lead for suspension of your Learner’s Permit, until you can provide proof that you have attended school for 30 consecutive days

Ø Your learner’s permit will also be suspended if you are convicted for possession of tobacco products (applies to those who are under the age of 18)

 

Driving Violations and Points

 

Speeding

Less than 15 mph over the speed limit

More than 15 mph over the speed limit

Speeding resulting in a crash

Moving Violation

Moving violation (includes driving during restricted hours and parking on a highway outside the limits of a municipality)

Improper lane change

Open container as an operator

Child restraint violation

Littering

Moving violation resulting in a crash

Failing to stop at a traffic signal

Passing a stopped school bus

Reckless driving

Violation of a traffic control sign/device

Leaving the scene of a crash resulting in property damage of more than $50

3 points

4 points

6 points

3 points

3 points

3 points

3 points

3 points

4 points

4 points

4 points

4 points

4 points

6 points

Zero Tolerance for DUI

Ø Florida Drivers under the age of 21 who are caught driving with blood alcohol level of .02% or more will have their license immediately suspended for six months for their first offense. Second offense will result in one year suspension.

Ø Refusal to submit to testing will result into 12 months suspension for the first offense. Second offense is 18 months.

Ø The bottom line is do not get behind the wheel if you have any alcohol in your system

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