Getting Ready for Your Florida Drivers Permit Test: What to Know
Congratulations! You are eligible to take the Florida permit test to prepare for your Florida driver’s license!
What do you need to know?
- You can get your Learner’s License (also called a Learner’s Permit) when you are 15 years old.
- Remember that you are NEVER Drive Alone with a Learner’s Permit in Florida There must always be a licensed driver in the seat closest to you.
Regardless of your age, if you have never had a drivers license in any state or country, you must complete the following in order to get a Florida Driver’s License:
1. Complete the DATA (Drug, Alcohol, Traffic Awareness) class online. This class is available at 123driving.com and HighSchoolDriver.com. There is a fee for this class; check the websites for more information. The class takes at least four hours to complete.
2. Study the Road Signs and Rules to prepare for the DMV Test. Before a Learner’s License or Driver’s License can be issued, you must pass the DMV test.
3. You have two options for taking the DMV Test:
- If you are under 18 years old, you can take the DMV test at www.123driving.com/dmv-test.shtml
- If you are over 18 years old, you must take the DMV test at a local DMV office. It’s best to make an appointment online before you go. Arrive 15 minutes before your appointment, and plan on being at the DMV office for at least two hours.
3. Take the written DMV test. The Florida driving test has 40 questions. Twenty of the questions are road sign identification and 20 of the questions are about road rules. To pass, you must get at least 15 answers correct in each section.
4. If you fail the DMV test, you will not be able to retake the test the same day. You must make another appointment and return for a second exam.
What do you need to bring?
- Your Certificate of Completion of the DATA Course
- One of the following standard forms of identification: Original Birth Certificate, valid U.S. passport, or Florida State ID card
- Your original Social Security Card
- If you are under 18, a natural parent (or legal guardian) must sign a Parent Consent Form for a Driver Application of a Minor in front of the DMV examiner or a notary public
What happens at the DMV Office?
- You will get your photo taken
- You must pass a vision test (20/40 or better vision in each and both eyes, with or without corrective lenses)
- You will take a hearing test
- You will provide a thumbprint
When you are finished at the DMV Office, you will receive your Learner’s License! It seems like a lot, but you will be prepared to be a safe driver in Florida.