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In Florida, the Sunshine State, it is quite simple to get your driver's license. All you have to do is complete a TLSAE course, pass a driving and theoretical exam, present your paperwork and that will be it!

There are different kinds of licences depending if you are young with no experience, or if you are a senior driver.

Class E - Learners license

The Class E - Learners License is issued for all of those Drivers between 15 and 18 years old. The Graduated Driver License law (GDL) establishes this license as the first step for the inexperienced drivers who are learning how to drive.

To apply for the Learners License, the interested person must complete a Traffic Law and Substance Abuse Education course (TLSAE). After complying with this,it is necessary to make an appointment to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHMSV), where the officer will ask you to present all the documentation. The driver will have to pass a vision and hearing examination, if it is successful, the last step will be paying the fee to access the knowledge test.

Required Documents to apply for a Learners License

  • ID or Passport
  • Social Security Number
  • Document that Proof your Residential address
  • Parental consent for a driver application of a minor - If you are under 18
  • Proof of Legal residence in the US for all of those drivers who are not American citizens.

Restrictions of the Learners License:

  • The minor must drive under the supervision of a responsible adult over 21 years old with a valid driver's license.
  • There is a restriction to drive at night during the first 3 months of the license. After this time, it is permitted to drive up to 10PM.

After obtaining the first Learners License, the driver will have 1 year to obtain an intermediate or full privilege license. If the Learners license expires, the driver must renew it and do the process all over again.

Intermediate Driver License (Teen)

The Graduated Driver License laws (GDL), establishes this as the second step: the driver must obtain the Intermediate Driver's License before the Learners license expires. In this second stage, the driver can use the vehicle with non supervision, but there are still some restrictions to follow up until the driver turns 18 years of age.

To apply for this Intermediate License, you must hold your Learners license for one year with no traffic violations. You must count with 50 hours of driving practise, 10 of which must be during night hours. After this, you will have to Schedule an appointment to the DHMSV’s Service Center. At your appointment the officer will request you all the documentation. You will have to pass a Driving exam, and if you succeed, you will give up your learners license and gain the new one.

Necessary Documents to apply for an Intermediate License

It is very important that you count with the form Certification of Driving Experience of a Minor (HSMV 71142). This paper needs to be filled up by your driving instructor in the presence of an officer from the Driver License Center or a Notary Public.

Characteristics of the Intermediate License:

  • The minor is allowed to drive between 6:00 a.m. and 11:00 p.m with non supervision . This rule applies until he or she turns 17 years old.
  • Theminor is allowed to drive between 5:00 a.m. and 1:00 a.m with non supervision. This rule applies until he or she turns 18 years old.
  • The minor is not allowed to drive outside these time frames unless he or she is accompanied and supervised by an adult over 21 years.

Full privilege Driver's License (Adult +18)

If an Individual over 18 years old, never had a Drivers license, he or she can apply for a Full privilege License without going through the Learners and Intermediate Steps. Also, there is the chance for those people who need to have some supervised driving, to get their full license starting from the learners step. There is no age limitation in this case.

To apply for the Full-Privilege License, the individual must complete a Traffic Law and Substance Abuse Education course (TLSAE). After this, it is necessary to make an appointment to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHMSV), where the officer will ask you to present all the required documentation. The driver will have to pass a vision and hearing examination, and a Knowledge and driving test. If it is successful, the last step will be paying the fee (if apply), take the Picture for the new license and surrender any other kind of license he or she owns.

What Documents do you need to apply for the Full privilege License?

  • Identification Card or Passport
  • Proof of Social Security Number
  • Proof of Residential address
  • If from outside the States: Proof of Legal residence in the US.

Transferring your Driver's License to the Florida Driver’s License.

Out of Florida Licenses.

If a Driver up to 16 years old, with a current valid Driver's license needs to transfer their out of state license to a Florida one, the only requirement will be to pass a Vision and Hearing examination. On the contrary, if the license is expired, the driver will be requested to pass these medical examinations, plus the Knowledge and the Driving exam.

To apply for the Full-Privilege License in Florida, the individual has to make an appointment to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHMSV), where the officer will ask you to present all the required documentation. The driver will have to pass a vision and hearing examination. If it is successful, the last step will be to pay the fee, take the Picture for the new license and surrender the out of state license he or she owns.

Once you comply with all the requirements mentioned above, you will obtain a Full Privilege Florida Drivers License. This License will be valid for 8 years, and it will expire the day of your birthday.

Outside of the States Licenses.

If you are coming from another country, the necessary steps to obtain your Florida Drivers license are similar to the ones you should follow when applying for a new Driver's license. Except if you are coming from Canada or Germany, (where you will only have to take a driving and Knowledge test), France, South Korea and Taiwan.

To apply for the Florida driver’s license, the driver has to make an appointment to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHMSV), where the officer will ask you to present all the required documentation. The driver will have to pass a vision and hearing examination. If required he or she will have to take the Knowledge and Driving test. After this, the last step will be to pay the fee, take the Picture for the new license and surrender the out of state license he or she owns (If required).



FL DMV offices in Panama City, Florida

300 E. 4th Street


Panama City Clerk of the Court Office


32402


(850) 763-9061

850 W. 11th St.


Driver License & Motor Vehicle Services


32401


(850) 248-8501

805 S. Tyndall Parkway


Callaway Driver License & Motor Vehicle Office


32404


(850) 248-8501

700 Florida Ave.


Driver License & Motor Vehicle Services


32444


(850) 248-8501

6030 County Rd. 2321


Panama City Bureau of Dealer Services


32404


(850) 767-3660

10520 Hutchison Blvd.


Driver License & Vehicle Services


32413


(850) 248-8501

1000 5th St., Rm. 148


Port St. Joe Clerk of the Court Office


32456


(850) 229-6113

151 N. 3rd Street


Wewahitchka Motor Vehicle Office


32465


(850) 639-2655




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