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In the Sunshine State, getting the driver's license is quite simple . All the driver must do is to complete a TLSAE course, pass a driving and theoretical exam, present the paperwork and the process will be finished.

Depending if the driver is young with no experience, or if the driver has experience behind the wheel, there are different kinds of licences.

Drivers License Class E

Learners license

Drivers between 15 and 18 years old must apply for this first driver's license called: class E - Learners License. The Graduated Driver License law (GDL) establishes this as the first step for those inexperienced drivers who are starting to learn how to drive.

To apply for this Learners License, you must complete a Traffic Law and Substance Abuse Education course (TLSAE). After that, you will have to make an appointment at the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHMSV), where an officer will request you all the necessary documentation. You will have to pass a vision and hearing examination before taking the test, if everything is Ok, the last step required is to pay the fee to access the knowledge test.

Required Documents to apply for a Learners License

  • Identification Card or Passport
  • Proof of Social Security Number
  • Proof of Residential address
  • Parental consent for a driver application of a minor - If the interested person is under 18
  • Proof of Legal residence in the US for those drivers who are not American citizens.

Characteristics of the Learners License:

  • The individual must drive under the supervision of an adult over 21 years old.
  • It is not allowed to drive at night during the first 3 months of the license. After this period, it is permitted to drive up to 10PM.

After obtaining your first Learners License, the driver will have 1 year to obtain an intermediate or full privilege license. If this is not accomplished and the license expires, the driver must renew the learners license again.

Intermediate Driver License

According to the Graduated Driver License laws (GDL), the second step the driver must obtain is the Intermediate Driver's License. In this second stage, the driver can drive with no supervision, but there are still some restrictions to follow up until the driver turns 18 years old.

To be able to apply for the Intermediate License, the individual must complete a full year of holding the Learners license with no traffic violations. It is necessary to achieve 50 hours of driving practise, 10 of which must be during dark hours. After complying with this, the driver will Schedule an appointment to the Service Center of the DHMSV, once there, the officer will request all the necessary documentation. The driver will have to pass a Driving exam, and if it is successful, he or she will have to give up the learners license in order to obtain the new one.

Necessary Documents to apply for an Intermediate License

It is mandatory that you present the form: Certification of Driving Experience of a Minor (HSMV 71142). This paper is really important, and it will be filled up by your parent or driving instructor in the presence of an officer from the Driver License Center.

Intermediate License restrictions:

  • The individual can drive between 6:00 a.m. and 11:00 p.m with no supervision until he or she turns 17 years old.
  • The individual can drive between 5:00 a.m. and 1:00 a.m with no supervision until he or she turns 18 years old.
  • The individual must drive under the supervision of an adult over 21 years old between the time periods not mentioned before.

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 this Full-Privilege License, you must complete a Traffic Law and Substance Abuse Education course (TLSAE). After this, you will have to schedule an appointment to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHMSV), where you will present all of your papers to the officer. You will have to successfully pass a vision and a hearing examination, to access the Knowledge and driving test. If you comply with all of these steps, you will have to pay a fee (if apply) and take your Picture for your new drivers license.

Necessary Documents to apply for a Full privilege License?

  • ID or Passport
  • Social Security Number
  • Proof of Residential address
  • If you are from outside the United States: Bring a Proof of your 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 be able to apply for the Full-Privilege License in Florida, the driver has to schedule an appointment at the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHMSV), where the officer will request to present all the documentation. The driver will have to go through a vision and hearing examination. If everything is successful, the last step will be to pay the fee, take a Picture, and surrender the out of state license the driver owns.

Once the driver complies with all the requirements above, he or she will obtain a Full Privilege Florida Drivers License. This License will be valid for 8 years and it will expire on the driver's birthday.

Holders of a License from another country outside the US.

If you are coming from another country, and need to obtain the Florida Drivers license, you will have to follow a similar process to the one followed for a new Driver's license. There are some exceptions if you are coming from Canada or Germany, (in which case you will only be required 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 Charlotte

350 East Marion Ave.


Punta Gorda Clerk of the Court Office


33951


(941) 637-2121

18500 Murdock Circle


Driver License & Motor Vehicle Services


33948


(941) 743-1350

410 Taylor Street


Driver License & Motor Vehicle Services


33980


(941) 743-1350

4970 City Hall Blvd


Driver License & Vehicle Services


34286


(941) 861-8300

6868 San Casa Drive


Driver License & Vehicle Services


34224


(941) 681-3710

4000 S. Tamiami Trail


Driver License & Motor Vehicle Services


34293


(941) 861-8300

201 E. Oak St.


Driver License & Vehicle Services


34266


(863) 993-4861

115 E. Oak Street


Arcadia Clerk of the Court


34265


(863) 993-4876

15201 N. Cleveland Ave., suites 600-605


Driver License & Motor Vehicle Services


33903


(239) 533-6000

1039 SE 9th Avenue, Room 102


Driver License & Vehicle Services


33990


(239) 533-6000

2075 Dr. Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard,


Fort Myers Clerk of the Court Office


33901


(239) 533-5000

2480 Thompson St.


Driver License & Motor Vehicle Services


33901


(239) 533-6000

8484 S. Tamiami Trail (US 41)


Motor Vehicle Services


34238


(941) 861-8300

6100 Sawyer Loop Road


Driver License Office & Vehicle Services


34237


(941) 861-83002

15680 Pine Ridge Road


Driver License & Motor Vehicle Services (South Fort Myers)


33908


(239) 533-6000




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