How to Get Florida’s Driver License
Did you know that every year, the Florida Department of Motor Vehicles issues over 800,000 new drivers licenses? That is a lot of people on the road, and if you are looking to become one of the many, you need to know exactly what the requirements are and how to go about applying for your Florida drive license. By adhering to the following rules and tips, you can be driving along I-95 in no time at all: See More
If you are between the ages of 15-17 and a Florida resident, you can receive a learner’s permit, also known as restricted license, upon completing a driving course and tests. After 12 months, you can then take the behind-the-wheel driving test to obtain a full Florida operators license.
Those who are 18 years old and up are not required to first get the learner’s permit. Instead, you must complete the driver’s course (a four hour long Drug and Alcohol Traffic Awareness course) and tests on road rules and traffic signs, as well as the behind-the-wheel examination. You can check online for DMV approved schools.
If you already have a driver’s license from another state, this doesn’t apply to you.
U.S. residents will need to bring at least two forms of identification to the DMV, such as a certified birth certificate, U.S. passport, or a naturalization certificate. If you have a driver’s license already from Alaska, North Carolina, Wisconsin, Washington, Connecticut, Hawaii, Virginia, Vermont, Utah, Texas, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, Indiana, New Jersey, Oregon, Rhode Island, Iowa or Tennessee, you can use that license for I.D. too.
Other forms of identification can be a baptism certificate, voter’s registration card (registered for more than 3 months), marriage or divorce certificate. Anything official that features your legal name is appropriate. If you’re unsure whether your identification is enough, you can always call ahead or contact the DMV online.
Non-US Citizen Rules
Those who are not yet U.S. citizens or who are here on a long-term visa can also apply for a driver license. Bring identification, proof of your birth date, and a social security number. Acceptable ID is an Alien Registration Card, a I-551 stamp, or an I-797 and A-number that verifies refugee or asylum status.
Regardless of your age and license, you will need to do some tests, so be prepared. Aside from what’s already been mentioned (DATA and road rules), you will need to do a hearing and vision test. Out-of-state license holders are only required to take hearing and vision tests when exchanging their old license for a new one.
Check Your Local DMV
Most DMV locations are open from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday. However, some offices have different hours. To confirm, call ahead or check online to verify hours of operation.
Some locations also accept appointments, which cuts down the infamously long wait time.
Getting an FL drivers license is simple when you know what to bring to the local motor vehicle office. Keep these rules and regulations in mind, and you will have no trouble receiving a new license of exchanging an old one.