This Step: Get a Learner Permit
Get a Learner Permit in Florida
A) Ace a Few DMV Practice Tests
Take multiple online practice permit tests before you take the state learners permit test. Sample test questions cover topics you'll find on the actual learner's license exam (40 multiple-choice questions on road rules and road signs). Be sure you also review the Florida Driver Handbook.
Once you feel confident you can pass the Florida driver license test to get your first restricted FL driver's permit, you have two testing options. You can either test online through the American Safety Council or in person through the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV) Division of Driver Licenses office.
B) Gather the Appropriate Documents and License Fees
Save time and hassle by taking your driver license test online through the American Safety Council. Keep in mind this is the only provider authorized by the state to offer online driver license tests. You must have a legal guardian attest to monitoring you (plus provide a notarized document sign by this guardian), provide your full Social Security number, or if no SSN has been issued, you can enter an Alien ID number, Admissions number or Florida ID card number. Learn more on these online driver license test requirements through American Safety Council's web site for first-time drivers.
You can also apply in person for a Florida learner license if you are at least 15 years old and can provide the Division of Driver Licenses with:
- A Parental Consent Form signed in the presence of a driver license examiner or notarized if your parent or guardian isn't around when you apply
- Proof that you passed Traffic Law and Substance Abuse Education
- Certified primary and secondary identification, proof of residence and your Social Security card
- Application fee
C) Take the FL Learner's License Exam
After gathering your requirements, take your learner's license test online through the American Safety Council or at a nearby Driver's License Service Center. First you must pass the road rules test before American Safety Council will administer the road signs test. You can take an initial exam and up to two retake exams online; retakes come with an additional fee.
For in-person testing, look online for a Florida Division of Driver Licenses branch. Your best bet is to make an appointment first. During your visit, be prepared to also take a vision test (passing with 20/40 (or better) vision in each and both eyes, with or without corrective lenses) and a hearing test.