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So you’ve taken your first step to become a new driver in Florida? Congratulations!
As you probably already know, driving is a valuable skill to know but it can also be extremely dangerous. Therefore, to help new teen drivers develop safe driving habits during their first few years behind the wheel, the State of Florida has implemented a graduated driver license program for Florida drivers who are between the ages of 15-18.
We’ve summarized a few things you’ll need to know as you go begin your process of becoming a licensed driver in Florida.
You must be at least 15 years old to apply for an instruction permit in Florida.
Before taking the written (knowledge) test, you will need to have done the following:
When you go to take your drivers’ test, you need to take the following documents with you to the DMV office:
For a complete, accurate listing of exactly what paperwork/documents you will need to have, please contact the Florida DMV or visit
At the DMV office, in addtion to a vision and hearing test, you will need to take two (2) written tests:
Once you pass both these tests, you will have earned your Florida instruction permit. You may start driving right away, but there are some restrictions:
After you’ve had your instruction permit for one (1) year, and you’ve turned 16, you may apply for your first Florida intermediate driver license providing you meet the following prerequisites:
At the DMV office, you will need to take a vision test, and then you will need to pass a written test as well as the road test (the road test may be skipped if you have successfully completed a state-approved drivers education course).
With an intermediate drivers license, the following restriction still applies (if you’re under 18):
When you turn 18, all restrictions are removed.
In Florida, you must have auto insurance liability coverage on any vehicle you drive. If you drive without insurance you risk having your license suspended plus a hefty fine.
The minimum amount of coverage you are required to carry is as follows:
Driving under the influence of alcohol is strictly prohibited in Florida, and the penalties for breaking this law are very severe. Upon your FIRST DUI offense, you will face the following consequences:
Further DUI violations will result in far more stringent penalties, including extended jail time, license suspension/revocation, fines, and community service.
In 2010, the Florida Senate overwhelming approved a bill banning the use of text-messaging devices while driving. Action is still pending in the Florida House.
Anyone 16-18 applying for a Florida intermediate license may skip the road test if they’ve successfully completed a state-approved driver education course. Please visit the Florida DMV website for a list of approved drivers education courses available.
In most states, you must be at least 15 1/2 to take drivers ed for your learners permit. You should check with your state's Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) (or whichever state agency handles the issuance of drivers licenses in Florida) to make sure that you are eligible to take Florida driver education.
Please be aware that although CyberEdDriverEd.com is sufficient for fulfilling driver education requirements in some states, in other states CyberEdDriverEd.com is only offered as a supplement to the driver education and/or training you will receive at a state-approved driving school. To find out if CyberEdDriverEd.com will meet your state's minimum driver education requirements, we recommend that you check with the Florida Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV).
The Florida online driver ed course offered by CyberEdDriverEd.com is about 30 hours long. However, in some states where timers are not required you may not have to spend an entire 30 hours taking the course.
Please be aware that while in some states CyberEdDriverEd.com will be sufficient for fulfilling your state's driver education requirements, in other states CyberEdDriverEd.com is offered only as a supplement to the actual driver education and/or training you will receive at a state-approved driving school. To find out if CyberEdDriverEd.com will meet your state's minimum driver education requirements, please contact your local DMV office.