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By law, obtaining a drivers license is mandatory for drivers who wish to get behind the wheel in the state of Florida. An FL DMV drivers license not only gives you permission to drive on public roadways, but it also serves as an official identification document, accepted by all government agencies. Prior to obtaining a new drivers license, driving applicants must pass a drivers ed course, as well as fulfill the requirements devised by the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FDHSMV).

Did you know? 68 percent of new drivers fail the written driving test on the first try. Be fully prepared by studying with our DMV practice exam.

How to Apply for a Florida Driver's License:

  • Visit an FL DMV location.
  • Provide proof of completing the Traffic Law & Substance Abuse Education Course (TLSAE).
  • Present the required documentation.
  • Pass the written DMV exam.
  • Take and pass the driving test.
  • Pay Florida driver's license fees.

Discover what you need to know about getting drivers licenses in Florida, by reviewing the topics below.

Types of Drivers Licenses in Florida

To obtain a Florida drivers license, you will need to fill out a drivers license application. Both standard FL drivers licenses and CDL drivers licenses are available to qualified candidates.

  • Class E learner drivers license - Issued to teen drivers who operate a vehicle, under certain restrictions.
  • Class E drivers license - Issued to drivers who operates a non-commercial vehicle that weighs less than 26,001 pounds (GVWR).
  • Motorcycle license - Issued to drivers who operate a motorcycle.
  • Commercial Drivers License (CDL) - Class A, B or C driving license - Issued to drivers who operate commercial vehicles.

First-Time Driver (Under 18) in Florida

Drivers licenses are issued to any Florida residents who intend to operate a motor vehicle in the state. A new drivers license is granted only to those drivers that meet all the requirements outlined by the FL Department of Safety and Motor Vehicles. In order to get an FL drivers license, you will need to pass a series of exams, as well as show proof of identity and residential address.

For more information visit our Learner's Permit page.

Florida New Drivers (Over 18)

The FDHSMV requires residents who want an adult Florida drivers license to take a written driver's test, if they have never been licensed before.

FL Driver's Study Guide and Driver's Practice Test

Drivers who are 18 or older can also benefit from reviewing a study guide and taking a practice permit test. Our Florida DMV practice test covers a wide range of road-related topics, as well as to prepare you for your official exam day.

How to Apply for Drivers Licenses in FL

When applying for a drivers license in FL, it is required to make a DMV appointment and local DMV to present the necessary documentation. New drivers license applicants must gather the following documents:

  • Proof of identity.
  • Proof of Social Security Number.
  • Proof of Florida residency.

FL Drivers License Eligibility Requirements

In order to get a Florida DMV drivers license, driving applicants must be at least 16 years of age. Along with providing the proper documentation, you must also pass a written driver's exam, a driving skills exam and a vision exam. These tests are to certify that you are a safe driver.

FL Written/Driving Test

To obtain an FL drivers license, all drivers must receive a passing score on their written driver's test. New drivers will also need to pass a driving skills test before the issuance of a full Florida drivers license. One of the best ways to prepare is by taking a practice permit test. A DMV practice test contains similar questions that you can expect to see on the actual exam.

FL Driving Test

The Florida driver's test examines a driving applicant's ability to safely drive and operate a motor vehicle. You will be tested on select maneuvers that include the following:

  • Your ability to obey stop signs.
  • Your ability to follow traffic signs.
  • Your ability to signal and turn.
  • Your ability to follow from a safe distance .

Passengers are not allowed to participate in your driving skills exam. You must also be ready to show up with a vehicle that is fully insured and registered in the state of Florida. Once receiving a passing grade and paying any necessary fees, the driving examiner will issue your new driver's license.

New Florida Resident

If you recently moved to Florida, you can transfer your out-of-state driver's license by visiting a local DMV branch. You will be required to bring with you proof of identity, as well as proof of your transferred car insurance and your car title. In some cases, you may be considered exempt from taking a written driver's test and a driving skills exam.

In addition to getting drivers licenses in FL, you must also be prepared to register your vehicle. If you recently bought a used vehicle that has never been registered in FL, you are required to complete a VIN inspection. A VIN inspection can be done in one of the following ways:

  • By a state DMV compliance examiner.
  • By a notary public.
  • By a law enforcement officer.
  • By a licensed car dealer.
  • By a tag agency.
  • By a Provost Marshal.

Replace Driver's License in Florida

In the event that you need an FL replacement drivers license, you can easily get a duplicate drivers license online or at a nearby DMV branch. For more information about how you can apply for a duplicate driver's license, as well as the fees associated with this process, click here.

Locate a DMV in Florida

Find the FLHSMV location nearest you by visiting our FL DMV locations page. You can easily review a number of different office branches in your area, while obtaining daytime phone numbers and physical addresses.

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