Licensing Requirements for Teens, Graduated Driver License Laws and Driving Curfews

Class E Knowledge Exam & Driving Skills Test

Traffic Law & Substance Abuse Education Course (TLSAE)

Customers must complete a TLSAE course before applying for a license in Florida if they have never been issued a driver license in any state or country. Approved TLSAE course providers can be found here.

 

Class E Knowledge Exam

To obtain a learner’s license, customers must pass the Class E Knowledge Exam. The Class E Knowledge Exam consists of 50 multiple-choice questions about Florida traffic laws, safe driving practices and identifying traffic controls. To pass, a customer must answer 40 out of 50 questions correctly, or score 80 percent.

Prepare for the Class E Knowledge Exam!

To prepare for the Class E Knowledge Exam, study the Official Florida Driver License Handbook. To take a practice test, click here.

Testing Options

In person –

The Class E Knowledge Exam can be taken at a service center.

Online/Classroom setting –

Any applicant under the age of 18 can take the Class E Knowledge Exam online.  There are approved third party administrators that provide this service.

NOTE: A Parent Proctoring Form is required for online tests, and must be notarized or signed in the presence of a driver license examiner.

Upon passing the Class E Knowledge Exam through a registered third party administrator, the exam information will automatically be submitted to the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV) and this information will also be available at all driver license offices.

Driver Education Licensing Assistance Program (DELAP) –

Many high school driver education classes are authorized to provide the Class E Knowledge Exam through DELAP.  Students who pass their Class E Knowledge Exam through an approved DELAP course in public or private schools will have the results entered into DHSMV’s test records by their driver education teacher.

Please contact your local high school to determine if they are currently participating in DELAP.

Note: Section 322.56(3)(b) and (e), Florida Statutes, provides that a customer who passes the Class E Knowledge Exam or Driving Skills Test through an authorized third party administrator may be randomly selected for a no fee mandatory re-test without prior notice. After a re-test with a passing score is completed in a driver license or tax collector office, the license will be issued. A failed mandatory re-test will require a re-exam fee be collected at the next exam attempt.

 

Class E Driving Skills Test

To obtain a Class E Driver License, customers must pass the  Class E Driving Skills Test which consists of a series of maneuvers, listed below,  used to determine an applicants ability to safely operate a motor vehicle. To qualify for a driver license, customers must hold their learner’s license for one year (12 months) from the issuance date or must be 18 years old.

Testing Options

In Office –

The Class E Driving Skills Test can be taken at a service center.

Driver License Skills Test Provider –

The Class E Driving Skills Test can be taken with a driver license exam provider or a third party administrator.

Upon passing the The Class E Driving Skills Test through a registered third party administrator, the test information will automatically be submitted to the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV) and this information will also be available at all driver license offices.

Driver Education Licensing Assistance Program (DELAP) –

Many high school driver education classes are authorized to provide the Class E Driving Skills Test through DELAP. Students who pass their driver license skills test through an approved DELAP course in public or private schools will have the results entered into DHSMV’s test records by their driver education teacher.

Please contact your local high school to determine if they are currently participating in DELAP.

Note: Section 322.56(3)(b) and (e), Florida Statutes, provides that a customer who passes the Class E Knowledge Exam or Driving Skills Test through an authorized third party administrator may be randomly selected for a no fee mandatory re-test without prior notice. After a re-test with a passing score is completed in a driver license or tax collector office, the will be issued. A failed mandatory re-test will require a re-exam fee be collected at the next exam attempt.

The vehicle used for the The Class E Driving Skills Test must have a valid registration, proof of insurance and pass a basic vehicle inspection (conducted by the driver license examiner to determine that it is safe for a driving exam). The Class E Driving Skills Test will not be given if the examiner finds:

  • Defective or inoperable horn, rear-view mirror, directional signals, steering wheel, brakes, tires, brake lights or tail lights.
  • No windshield wipers on the driver’s side.
  • No operable headlights.
  • Cracked or broken glass that hinders visibility.
  • Expired tag.
  • The vehicle does not have doors.
  • Front doors do not open from the inside and outside.
  • Vehicle does not have stationary seats.
  • Vehicle does not permit driver to give hand signals when required.
  • Jeep-type vehicles without framed canvas or metal doors held by hinges and door latch.
  • Does not meet bumper height requirements.
  • A low-speed vehicle, which are vehicles with top speeds of 20 to 25 miles per hour.

No other passengers are permitted during the exam, unless a language interpreter is necessary.

You will perform the following maneuvers on the driving skills test:

  • Three Point Turn. Turn car around in a 20–40 foot space.
  • Approach of Crossing. Get in the proper lane and look in each direction.
  • Yield Right-of-Way. Allow pedestrians to cross, pull over and stop for emergency vehicles, and don’t enter an intersection where you will interfere with other traffic.
  • Straight-In Parking. When properly parked, the vehicle should be centered inside the space with no part of the vehicle extending out in the traffic lane.
  • Parking on a Grade. Proper parking for uphill and downhill, with and without a curb.
  • Stop Quickly. Make a quick, safe stop when the examiner/agent instructs you.
  • Backing. Back a distance of 50 feet at a slow speed while looking to the rear. Do not use the rear-view mirror or rear-view camera monitor.
  • Obey Stop Signs. Approach in the proper lane, come to a complete stop before reaching the stop line or crosswalk, and remain stopped until you can move safely.
  • Obey Traffic Signals. Get into the proper lane and approach the light at a speed that will allow you to stop if the light should change. When the light turns green, do not move forward until traffic has cleared the intersection.
  • Signal and Turn. Get into the proper lane and signal your turn for the last 100 feet. You may use either hand signals or mechanical signals.
  • Passing. Always look ahead and behind to make sure you can pass safely.
  • Stay in Proper Lane. Drive in the right lane except on a one-way street. Do not change lanes until you may do so safely.
  • Follow at a Safe Distance. Do not follow too closely behind other cars. Keep a minimum following distance of four seconds.
  • Use Proper Posture. Keep both hands on the steering wheel and do not rest your elbow in the window.

The examiner/agent will explain any mistakes you may have made after the exam is completed. Customers who fail the The Class E Driving Skills Test will be asked to study or practice before returning for a re-test.

Customers who have successfully passed the The Class E Driving Skills Test may surrender their learner’s license at their local service center to receive their Class E driver license.