How do I apply for a new FL drivers license if I am younger than 18? Florida

As with most states, Florida requires making a lengthy journey to obtain a drivers license.

FL Drivers License Permit Phase

To get a permit, you must be at least 15 years old, and have completed a Traffic Law and Substance Abuse Education course approved by the DMV. Then, you'll need to pass a hearing, vision, and knowledge test to obtain your permit. Taking a few practice tests is a good way to prepare for your written test.

Bring the documents described below to the drivers license test office.

FL Driver License Training Phase

After you've received your permit, you must accumulate a minimum of 50 hours of driving time with a licensed driver age 21 or over. Ten of these hours must occur at night.

Once you become 18 or have held the permit for a year, you can apply for your Florida driver license. To get your license, you'll need to pass the road test.

FL Required Documentation

Take the following documents to the drivers license office to obtain your teen permit or drivers license:

  • Two proofs of identification
  • Two proofs of residency
  • One proof of date of birth
  • One proof of Social Security number (if you've been assigned a number)
  • One proof of legal presence (if you're not a citizen)
  • One proof you've completed the mandatory drivers education/driver training course

FL Appointments

Appointments aren't required for any of this, but you're encouraged to make them, especially for the tests. Otherwise, you could face a lengthy wait. You may reserve your appointment online at the FL DMV site; in some counties, you can set your appointment by phone.

Florida Fees

Teen permits: $54.25
Drivers license: $48
Initial road and written tests: $0
Each additional road test: $20
Each additional written test: $10

Additional Information

Visit the FL DMV site for a list of acceptable documents, and to learn more about the teen driver licensing process.

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