Getting your Florida driver license green-lights driving on your own.
Applying for a New Adult Driver License in Florida
Getting a drivers license is an important part of functioning in the modern world. Being able to drive yourself makes life extremely convenient, but there are certain legal steps you have to follow if you want to take advantage of this privilege. Whether you are applying for your very first license, you just moved from out of state, or your old license expired, it’s important that you understand the process of getting a Florida license.
Take a Traffic Law and Substance Abuse Education Course
Adults who are applying for a license for the first time won’t have to go through the long process of having a permit first like teenagers do, but they will need to take a state-approved TLSAE Drug and Alcohol course. This crash course will help you understand the basics of driving. Taking a drivers ed course will help familiarize you with the rules and regulations even if you already had a license before.
Take the State Written Exam
Before you can earn your drivers license and start driving, you will have to take a vision and a written test. Take some time before the test to review the Florida driver’s handbook and do practice tests online.
In order to take the written exam online or in person at the DHSMV, you need to show proof that you passed the traffic law course. A vision and hearing test is necessary as well. Your Social Security number, and two proofs of identification and address will have to be shown on the day of your test. Examples of proof of ID include a U.S. passport, original copy of your birth certificate, certificate of naturalization, or certificate of citizenship.
Take the Florida Driving Test
You need to make an appointment for the road test, and you need to arrive in a car which meets Florida’s minimum insurance requirements and has valid registration. These tests are designed to see how well you actually apply the rules of the road under real-world conditions. It can be a little nerve-wracking for some people, but try not to let it feel like a lot of pressure. Just act like this is a normal day in the car.
When you pass your driving test, you will be given your Florida full unrestricted driver license right away. If you do not pass, you can always retake the test at a later date (but it will cost you $20 every time you retake it). Use the time in between tests to review the aspects of driving that you had a hard time with. With practice and dedication, you will get there soon enough.