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How to Get a Florida Learner’s Permit: A Complete Guide

by Zutobi · Updated May 03, 2021

Are you a teenager looking to get your Florida learner’s permit? Well then you’ve come to the right place. The process may seem complicated, but it doesn’t have to be. In this guide, we’ll go through each step of the way so you know exactly what to expect.

Complete a TLSAE or DATA Course  

Traffic Law and Substance Abuse Education and Drugs Alcohol Traffic Awareness courses are offered in most Florida public schools, as well as from several third-party providers throughout the state. 

The Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles will need to verify your completion of the course before allowing you to proceed further in the driver’s license application process. Your registered course provider is responsible for submitting your information directly to the DHSMV. Ensure this documentation has been delivered and received to avoid any headaches at the DHSMV center.

Apply for Your Florida Learner’s License 

Once you have completed a TLSAE or DATA course, you will need to pay a visit to your local DHSMV center. There are a few documents you must present to successfully apply for a learner’s license in the state of Florida:

  • Proof of identity, including your full name
  • Proof US citizenship and/or legal presence
  • Proof of Social Security number (or ineligibility, if not a US citizen)
  • Proof of birthdate
  • Proof of address in the state of Florida

Complete Vision and Hearing Tests 

As part of your application process for a learner’s permit, you will be required to pass a vision and writing test administered by the DHSMV. If you cannot hear and respond to a conversational tone of voice, you will be required to wear a hearing aid while driving. Additionally, if vision is determined to be under 20/40, you may not be able to receive your license. However, color blindness will not be a hindrance.

Prepare for the Florida Learner’s Permit Test

The permit test is a knowledge exam designed to test your understanding of road rules and best practices. The Florida driver’s handbook is a great place to start, as it contains everything, you’ll need to know for both the permit test, as well as the road exam later on. However, studying solely from a textbook can get mundane and uninspiring quickly

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Take the Permit Exam

After utilizing Zutobi to study, you should be more than prepared to sit for the permit exam. You can take this test at your local DHSMV or simply register online with one of the official exam providers.

Head to Your Local DHSMV Service Center for Your Permit

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Receiving your Florida learner’s permit is arguably the first major milestone in the driver’s license process. With your permit, you will be able to operate a motor vehicle under certain guidelines. The DHSMV may also randomly select you to retake your permit test in person, so it is a good idea to brush up on basic driving knowledge concepts before heading to pick it up.

Restrictions if You’re Under 18

If you are under the age of 18, the following permit restrictions apply: 

  • Hold learner’s permit for twelve consecutive months, or until you turn 18 (whichever comes first)
  • No traffic violations within the twelve months you hold your learner’s permit. If you gather a single violation, it will not count if you take the Basic Driver Improvement Course.
  • You must accumulate a total of 50 hours worth of driving experience, including 10 hours of nighttime driving. A parent or legal guardian will have to sign off on your form attesting to your driving experience.

That’s It!

That’s everything you need to know about getting your learner’s permit in the state of Florida. We hope this guide has helped you out. If you need any help studying for your upcoming knowledge or driving exams, then Zutobi is the perfect study resource with a summarized handbook, practice tests, and a gamified experience.

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