Can you drive to school with a permit in Florida?

Last updated: July 17th, 2018

Can you drive to school with a permit in Florida?

Can you drive to school with a permit in Florida?

Question: Can you drive to school with a permit in Florida?
Answer: No. With a learner's permit, you can only drive if a licensed adult driver (21+ years old) is in the front passenger seat. When you have an intermediate license, you will be able to drive to school by yourself.

Explanation

Driving yourself to school is a rite of passage and it takes time before the state of Florida will allow you to do that. With a learner's permit, you have several restrictions. You cannot drive at all if a licensed driver at least 21 years or older is not in the front passenger seat. In addition to this, during the first 3 months, you can only drive during daylight hours. After that, you can drive until 10pm.

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How do I get an Intermediate License?

Florida has a graduated licensing program to help ensure that drivers know what they're doing on our roadways. You can start driving without an adult in the car once you have your intermediate license. To get this license, you have to provide the DMV with a Florida learner's permit or a license from another state, have a parent or guardian sign this form stating that you have had at least 50 hours of behind-the-wheel experience, where 10 of those hours were at night. In addition to that, you will need to take a physical driving test to demonstrate your ability to perform various driving maneuvers.

STEP #1: HOLD A LEARNER'S PERMIT

Drivers with a learner's permit must have a licensed adult in the front passenger seat at all times.

Age Step #1 Step #2 Step #3 Step #4 Step #5 Result
At least 15 years old Complete our traffic law & substance abuse course Register Now Review the Florida Driver's Handbook Course Register Now Take the Class E Knowledge exam (Permit Test) Register Now Have a signed consent form Make an appointment with the DMV Get Learner's permit
STEP #2: GET DRIVING EXPERIENCE

With an intermediate license, you can drive without an adult, but there are some other rules you need to follow.

Age Step #1 Step #2 Step #3 Step #4 Step #5 Result
16-17 years old Hold a learner's permit for 1 year Gain supervised driving experience Certify that you have 50 hrs behind the wheel (with 10 hrs at night) Take the driving skills test or present a waiver from an accepted drivers ed course Make an appointment with the DMV Get Intermediate License