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What's required to get learner's permit and license?

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Florida's Graduated Drivers Licensing law

This measure, to keep teens safer during their first year of driving, has three stages:                 
1. Learner's license

Teens must be at least 15 years old to apply and must have completed the following, in addition to the signed parental consent form:

  • Traffic Law and Substance Abuse course
  • Written test
  • Vision test
  • Hearing test

A learner's license allows teens to drive during the day during the first three months and up until 10 p.m. thereafter, and always with a fully licensed driver at least 21 years old in the front seat.

2. Intermediate license

Teens must be at least 16 with a 1-year-old learner’s license and without any traffic convictions before taking the driving skills test. Parent/guardian must certify the teen has practiced at least 50 hours behind the wheel, 10 of which must be at night. Intermediate license privileges are age based:

  • At 16, independent driving is allowed between 6 a.m. and 11 p.m. At other times, they must be traveling to or from work or accompanied by a fully licensed driver at least 21 in the front seat.
  • At 17, independent driving is allowed between 5 a.m. and 1 a.m. At other times, they must be traveling to or from work or accompanied by a fully licensed driver at least 21 in the front seat.

3. Full privilege license

        • At 18, restrictions are removed and full privileges are granted.

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SOURCE:

Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles

 

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