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

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How do I take the Traffic Law Substance Abuse Education (TLSAE) course?

    Customers may complete the TLSAE course online or in a classroom setting with a TLSAE provider. A list of providers can be found here.

    Customers may also complete the course through an approved Driver Education Licensing Assistance Program (DELAP) high school driver education class. Please contact your local high school to determine if they are currently participating in DELAP.

  • How do I take the Class E Knowledge Exam?

    DHSMV offers multiple ways to test for the Class E Knowledge Exam.

    The test can be taken:

    • In person at a service center
    • Online or classroom setting with a third party administrator
      • You must be under 18 years of age to take the Class E Knowledge Exam online
    • At a high school driver education course that is a participant in DHSMV’s DELAP – Contact your local high school to determine if they are a current participant of DELAP
  • What happens after I complete the TLSAE course and the Class E Knowledge Exam with DELAP or a third party administrator?

    Visit a local service center with the required documents and fee.

    Customers who are under 18 years old must have a signed/notarized Parental Consent Form (Note: step-parents may not sign unless they have legally adopted the minor child).

    If the test was taken online, a signed/notarized Parent Proctoring Form is required.

    Customers do not need to provide evidence of test scores since these are provided electronically by the vendor or DELAP.

  • Where do I get my learner’s license?
  • How much does a learner’s license cost?

    $48. Click here for a list of all current motorist services fees.

    Note: A $6.25 service fee applies to all driver license transactions completed in a tax collector office.

  • What if I get a ticket while holding a learner’s license?

    Customers convicted of a moving violation will not be able to obtain their driver license for one year from the conviction date.

  • Can I drive to and from school without an adult in the car with my learner’s license?

    With a learner’s license you must only drive with a licensed driver who is at least 21 years old and occupies the front passenger seat AT ALL TIMES.

  • How do I get my driver license after I’ve held my learner’s license for 12 months and passed the driving skills test at my high school or with a third party administrator?

    Customers under 18 years old must have a signed/notarized Certification of Driving Experience of a Minor.

    Go into a local service center with the required identification documents (if you have not previously provided these documents).

    There is no fee for customers who have surrendered their learner’s license and do not require a name or address change.

    Customers who do not surrender their learner’s license, or who require a name or address change, will be assessed a fee of $25 for a replacement license. Click here for a list of all current motorist services fees.

    Note: A $6.25 service fee applies to all driver license transactions completed in a tax collector office.

  • What is the cost for a Class E Driver License?

    There is no fee for customers who surrender their learner’s license and do not require a name or address change.

    Customers who do not surrender their learner’s license, or who require a name or address change, will be assessed a fee of $25 for a replacement license. Click here for a list of all current motorist services fees.

    Note: A $6.25 service fee applies to all driver license transactions completed in a tax collector office.

  • When can I drive without a licensed adult in the car?

    Once teens obtain a driver license their driving privileges are based on their age:

    • 16 years old with a driver license – Driving is allowed between 6 a.m. and 11 p.m. without a licensed adult (for all other times, they must be accompanied by a licensed driver at least 21 years old occupying the closest seat to the right of the driver OR be traveling to or from work.)
    • 17 years old with a driver license – Driving is allowed between 5 a.m. and 1 a.m. without a licensed adult (for all other times, they must be accompanied by a licensed driver at least 21 years old occupying the closest seat to the right of the driver OR be traveling to or from work.)
    • 18 years old with a driver license – Driving is allowed at all hours without an adult in the car.
  • If I take my Class E Knowledge Exam or Driving Skills Test at a high school enrolled in the DELAP, or with a third party administrator, will I be required to take another exam at the driver license office?

    Pursuant to 322.56(3)(b) and (e), Florida Statutes, 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 driver license will be issued. A failed mandatory re-test will require a re-exam fee to be collected at the next exam attempt.

  • If I fail the Class E Knowledge Exam or Driving Skills Test, what is the cost for re-testing?

    $10 for the Class E Knowledge Exam.

    $20 for the Class E Driving Skills Test.

    Note: A $6.25 service fee applies to all driver license transactions completed in a tax collector office.