Your First Florida Driver’s License
Once you’ve held your permit for a year or turned 18, you might just be ready for your first license! Here are the steps to take to apply for your first Florida driver’s license.
Check Your Eligibility
Teens under 18 will only be eligible for a license if they:
- Have held a learner’s license for at least one year without any traffic convictions
- Are at least 16 years old
- Provide parent or guardian certification of 50 hours of behind-the-wheel driving practice, 10 of which must be at night
Make a DHSMV Appointment
You will need to make an appointment with your local DHSMV office. When you make your appointment, make sure the person on the phone knows it is for the driving test; you can also make your appointment online in many areas and should make sure to choose service type “Driving Test Class E License”.
Take Your Driving Skills Road Test
For your driving skills road test, you will need to bring an insured vehicle to the testing site; the state will not provide a testing vehicle.
Get Your First License!
Once you pass, you will be issued your first Florida driver’s license! Note that depending on age and other circumstances, your license may still have certain restrictions. Make sure you are aware of any restrictions on your license.
Class E License Restrictions For Teens
16 year olds are prohibited from driving from 11 PM to 6 AM unless accompanied by a 21 year old licensed driver or driving to and from work.
17 year olds are prohibited from driving from 1 AM to 5 AM unless accompanied by a 21 year old licensed driver or driving to and from work.