Florida Learners Permit Rules | Florida Learners Permit Requirements
What are the Florida Learners Permit Rules?
You qualify to get a restricted license, also known as a learner’s permit once you turn 15 years old. It is an exciting time for drivers, but it’s very important to understand all of the rules so you can get your full Class E license without any delay.
Florida Learners Permit Rules & Regulations
Before you can start driving, there are a few things you should understand. After all, it isn’t called a “restricted” license for nothing! The learner’s permit stage is designed to allow new drivers to get instruction from more experienced drivers.
Learners Permit Restrictions Florida
- An adult (21 and over) with a valid license will need to be in the front passenger seat when you drive
- You can only drive between 6am and 7pm during the first 3 months
- You can only drive between 6am and 10pm after the first 3 months
- You must hold your permit for one year without any convictions/points before you can graduate to a Class E license
Steps to get your First Time Driver’s License
Learn everything you need to here in order to get your Learner’s Permit.
Once you have held your learner’s permit for 12 months (remember — no convictions allowed!) and you meet the other requirements below, you can obtain an intermediate license. Intermediate licenses are far less restricted than a learner’s permit.
- You are 16 or 17 years old
- Parent or guardian certifies that you have at least 50 hours of behind the wheel driving (of which 10 must be at night)
- You must take a driving test where you will be asked to perform different driving maneuvers
While the requirements for these are less strict, there are some very important rules that you must follow. With an intermediate license, you can drive without an accompanied licensed driver however:
- 16 year olds can only drive between 6am and 11pm, or if they are traveling to or from work
- 17 year olds can only drive between 5am and 1am, or if they are traveling to or from work
- If you are driving outside the specified time period, you must be accompanied by a licensed driver that is 21 or older
It’s important that you get your driving career started on the right foot. Be sure to complete the Traffic Law and Substance Abuse Education (TLSAE) course early, so you’re well aware of all the traffic laws before they surprise you. According to the FLHSMV,
“If a minor receives a conviction for a moving violation within the first 12 months, then the date for holding the learner’s license will be changed from the original eligibility date to 12 months from the last conviction date.”