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How to Apply for a New Driver's License in Florida

You can apply for a new driver's license at any driver license offices in Florida. Obtain a Florida Driver's Handbook to familiarize with the driving rules and regulations.


Following are the basic requirements for applying for a Florida driver's license:

  1. Applicants must be 15 years or older.
  2. Any individual under 18 should provide parental consent and must complete the graduated driver's licensing process. For additional details, see Beginner Drivers and/or Learner's Permits for Beginner Drivers.
  3. In order to qualify for a Florida driver license, one must complete a standard course on traffic law and substance abuse and receive a certificate to that effect. Everyone must pass tests for vision, hearing, road rules and signs as well as a practical driving test. Take practice tests and see the Driver's Handbook for more information on the written examination. Driver education programs can help individuals prepare for their road test.
  4. Applicants must provide two acceptable proofs of legal presence either in original or certified copies as well as proof of age and their social security card if they have one.
  5. Applicants who are not U.S. citizens must provide proof of legal presence in Florida.


Florida residents holding a driver's license from another state may also need to pass the tests. The written and/or driving tests may be waived at the discretion of the examiner. However, like other applicants, new residents must provide proof of identification, residency and presence. Non-US citizens residing in Florida may apply for a Florida driver's license, as long as they can provide proof that they are legally authorized to be in the United States, and meet all the other requirements. Note that a Florida driver's license issued to a foreign national will expire no later than the last date on which they are authorized to be in the United States by the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service. Details may be found on the official web-page


The cost for a non-commercial Florida driver's license is $48 and a replacement fee of $25. In addition there are fees for re-tests and a service fee of $5.25 in those counties where license procedures are handled by the tax collector's office. Other fee related information is available online.


  • In Florida, driver's licenses are generally issued for four years and will be up for renewal before the driver's birthday in the fourth year
  • If you don't have a conviction for three years or a revocation or suspense of license for seven you may be rewarded by a six-year license on the subsequent renewal


With certain restrictions, an individual can legally drive in Florida with a learner's license. See more information on learner's licenses here.


Reviews of How to Apply for a New Driver's License in Florida

I have a friend that just moved to Florida from Puerto Rico. I understand he is allowed to continue to use his PR drivers license permanently. Is this true?

I don't understand how you have all my personal information, but I can not renew my license plate sticker on line.

I'm 26 and have just moved to Florida from SC. Do I have to take the drivers tests all over again just to get a license? I passed them all in SC when I was 16, do I really have to take the written and drivers test all over again?


hello there my name glenn from ft myers fl and I 34 I pass my drug and achocl tast so what I can do?? get permit or licences???

Start off by doing the Drug and Alcohol test then go from there

hello. I have an expired out of state license,expired 11 years. my driving record was excellent for over 20 years. I stopped driving ,i'm disabled because of a bad back and didn't need to drive, I had family to drive me. Now due to a death in the family, I have to get my license , to drive once or twice a month. Do I have to take the driving and written test ?

also I'll have to transfer the registration on the deceased persons car

I have a GA learner's permit that expired in February 17, 2013 i have everything else to take my license test but a valid ID. Would i still be able to take my driving test with an invalid permit?

hi, I have Ukrainian driver license, how long can I drive in Florida? thank you

I just moved to largo from Texas, my DL is suspended and I have a couple warrants for me in Texas, Can I get an ID here in largo, fl? or will I be arrested and held for Texas?

i'm 22 i have never had a drivers licenses or permit before i don't drive cars or trucks though I ride motorcycles I can pass any test on a motorcycle but i have never been any good at driving 4 wheels and never want to own a car ,so my question is how do i get my M class only licenses without having to step foot into a car ? can i take the test on my motorcycle and if so how would i go about doing so ? please help

Hello, I recently turned 18 and I decided that its time to get a job and my license. My mom who i still currently live with made a deal that if i were to secure a job, that she'd take me to get my license. Problem is, the vehicle that i'm getting is a 49cc moped, and i won't be carrying insurance as it is not required of me. I was wondering how i would do the practical test at the dmv, since i do not have a car, and my mothers cars are all insured with commercial buisness insurance, so i am not able to use them. Also, since i am 18, would i be able to use someone else's car or would it have to be a guardians? Thank you.

I was in an accident and did not have insurance at the time. I did not get a ticket or anything, but then received a call from a law firm that I have to reinburst the insurance company of the person I hit for damages to the car. The law firm stated that if I did not pay, my license can be suspended. My vehicle was insured the day after the accident and is currently insured.

Can DMV go back and suspend my license even though my car is now properly insured?

hey im 18 years old, and i only have my permit right now i got it when i was 15, but never got my license, and i am leaving to the Army in less than 23 days but i have to have my license. I am wondering how would insurance work if im gone for a while? I wont be driving my vehicle but itd be here until i get back??

My son had received his learner's permit, since then he has withdrawn from school. He is 18 now and has signed up for the GED program at HCC. He has an appt on the July 3 to take the driving part of the test. I nee to know what is the process in which is required by Florida state in order for him to get a Driver's License. He needs to have it by the 9th of August, Ist day of school for him.

Thank You

I have a judgment the one I just finish paying. I also have the insurance coverage I need so HOW i go about to have my driver license & vehicle registration privileges back + my voters card? I'm heare in Gainesville, FL. & heare to stay.

I paid all my court fines for tickets for driving with no insurance, an expired license (seven years), recless driving (hit a vehicle from behind, that was making a left turn and changed her mind, swung back left to go straight ahead - speed was less then about ten miles and hour, damage I paid for was $1,500, plus my ticket charges and paid DMV $60. . No other accidents, or tickets, in over 305 years, no DUI's ever, I have been unemployed for 29 months,no benefits, and very patchy work before that,. I now have a new job starting in mid-August. I need to get license reinstated and keep things clean. The court did not order any classes - but at DMV they said I need to take Drivers Education and Alcohol Abuse - then take written test and I can get my license back. Except for the accident in November 2011, the infractions I commited were administrative in paying renewal fees and registrations. And I recognize that can't happen again. The problem is - I am not sure which class I am supposed to take. The clerk said the "4hr drivers education and alcohol abuse". When I went to the FL gov. sit to sign up - it only identifies that class for students - not adults. Is there another similar course for adults? Taking the written test is clear enough - but I am sort of in a "catch 22" on the drug and alcohol abuse course.

hello im 18 years old and i have never got my license ..! are they giving me the permit first or they will give me the license? if they give me the permit do i have to do a driving test?

You will have the choice of going straight to a license but they will give you both the written permit test you must pass and then once you pass that they will make you take the driving test. If you pass BOTH then they will issue you a license. This is what my sister did. But i must warn you, your insurance will go through the roof if you don't get a permit first. We never dreamed of it being so expensive due to no permit first.

im 21 and dont have my permit or license. can i go straight to getting my license or do i need to get my permit.?

You can get your license but must take the DMV test before you do the Behind The Wheel test.

hey guys im a 15 yearold boy who lives in Puerto Rico but im a Usa citizen can i just fly up to florida take the test and have a drivers permit?

you have to show proof of residency like address on a envelope and stuff showing that you live in FL

My son is going to be 18 next month. Is he able to get his license without having to worry with a permit? Does he need parental consent?

HELLO - I am english 57 years. my husband is french 60 years. We have a house in Florida and we would like to buy a car to leave in the garage for when we come on vacation. We are not residents, just visitors. Could you please tell me what we have to do to obtain a driver's licence please.

Hello I'm a little over 15 1/2 and I have my restricted license or as you call it hear intermediate from South Carolina State. I recently moved to clear water, my question is what will I have to do to get my restricted hear? I understand you have to be 16 to take the driving road test hear after holding a permit for a year, will I be able to switch my restricted license hear early? do I have to take all the tests hear again? will I have to wait till I'm 16? I have paid 300$ for a drivers ed class in SC, I would not like to pay again! Thank you

Im 17 I have my drivers license. But I just bought a streetbike. Do I have to have the permit before I can get the motorcycle license? I will be 18 in july but i keep getting pulled over and they keep saying i need a license. someone help

I am 27 and have a permit learning licence from Massachusetts state. I had to leave to Florida before I got the chance to do my road test in MA. Can I go directly and do my road test in FL using the permit licence I have from MA?


a little unusual case: I've had regular NY DL for past 8 years, which is still valid till 4/22/12 (although I have no SSN, just a recent 676 form by SSA that they haven't issued me SSN). I have Canada Citizen certificate as acceptable primary ID, and I'm moving from NY to FL on 4/9/12. How can I exchange my NY DL for FL DL, how long will my new FL DL be valid, and what are the fees?

I'm 17, I have my permit, and I'm ready for my license. I've heard you ONLY NEED the driving test, so do you have to take the written test as well when you're getting your license?

How much is it to change your address on your licens?

How much is it to change your address?

Change of address

When someone dies, does their driver's license have to be turned in? I can't find this info on the DMV site. Please help.

I had a liscense in connecticut about 8 yrs ago never got it renewed and it got suspended once would I have any problem taking the test in florida and getting my liscense

hey im 20 do i need a permit

if im 18 can i just go up there and get my licens


I had my learner license since 2004 can I just go up there and get my licence

ordered a replacant find a place to use them cement liscence and was given tracking numbers but as others have stated cant find anywhere to use them

I applyed for a change of address on my Driver's License about two weeks ago and I have not received it as of yet

i am 27 never had a drivers license do i need a permit or not

no, you should be able to just go and get your license provided you pass the written test.

I'm 18 already so all I need to do is take my written and drivers test. No need to take a course or do the drug and alcohol test correct?

If my license expire what do I do?

how can i get my florida indentification id online

where do i go to make an appriontment online for a driver license test

i am 16. i had my restricted for 8 months. its was suspended due to none driving related charges for 6 months. it has now been 7 monthe sence. can i go and get my liscence now. or do i have to go back a do a full year with my restricted?

I already have a Drivers lisence but i misplaced there any way i can just go into dmv and get another one? or will i have to take a picture and do everything all over?

lost my id