With 14 million current licensed drivers in the state of Florida, the number keeps growing as every year, the Florida Department of Motor Vehicles issues 800,000 new driver’s licenses. Those who come from out-of-state as new residents bring with them 400,000 licenses. If you want to have your licenses, it is best to know the requirements before you even file your application at the state DMV.
There is the learner’s permit, or restricted license, which is given to individuals between 15 and 17 years of age. They earn this once they finish the required training and tests. This license is necessary if a teenager wants to practice his driving skills with an adult driver. After a year, he can then take the practical driving test to obtain a Florida driver’s license.
Sample Florida Driver License
If you are already over the age of 18, you do not need to obtain a learner’s permit. However, it is a must that you still complete the required driving course and exams before you take the behind-the-wheel, practical driving test for the driver’s license.
Likewise, if you are applying for a Florida Drivers License for the first time and you are at least 18 years of age, the state will require you to complete the 4-hour Drug and Alcohol Traffic Awareness or DATA course. There is also the written exam on road signs and rules to be given by the Florida DMV. Both the DATA course and written Florida DMV exam can be taken on the Internet from DMV-accredited driving schools.
As soon as you receive your DATA course Certificate of Completion and the DMV road sign and rule exam, you can have an appointment set with the local driver’s license office to take your practical driving test.
Apart from the Certificate of Completion, other essential requirements that you must bring to the driver’s license office are two identification forms that will show proof of your birth date. You must also present your social security number. When it comes to your IDs, one must be a primary identification; the most common of which is your social security ID or original birth certificate.
Once you are at the driver’s license office, apart from the behind-the-wheel driving test, you will also be asked to take an eye or vision exam. You will have to pay for the corresponding driver’s license fee. Finally, they will have to take your picture to be used for your license.
What are the driving restrictions of a Class E – Operator’s license? Drivers who are below 18 years of age and with a Class E license must take note of the following restrictions:
If you are a 16 Year old driver, you cannot drive your car from 11pm until 6am. You are only allowed to drive during this time period if you are with a 21 year old fully-licensed driver. You can also drive at this time if you are going to or coming from work.
If you are a 17 Year old, you cannot drive your car from 1am to 5am unless you are accompanied by a 21 year old fully-licensed driver, or if you are driving to and from work.