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Once you reach the age of 14 ½ in the state of Florida, you can start the path to securing your Florida driver license. For younger drivers, Florida does have a specific path they must follow if they want to drive. The first thing teens need to know is there are two mandatory and required courses they will need to complete.

The first course you have to successfully pass is a Florida drug and alcohol course also called a Traffic Law Substance Abuse Education Course (TLSAE). Even if you wait until you are 18 to get your driver license, Florida requires ALL new drivers to take and pass this course before they can obtain their driver license.

Next, you will have to successfully pass the Florida learners permit test. There is a total of 50 multiple choice questions you have to answer. You will be given a total of three attempts to pass this test.

Before taking the test, you may also want to complete the Florida Basic Driver Improvement (BDI) Course. The BDI course teaches you the basics about defensive driving, traffic laws, and bad driving behaviors you should avoid.

Completing the BDI course can also be beneficial for your car insurance too! Some insurance companies in Florida will give you a discount for completing the BDI course.  

After you complete both of the TLSAE course and learners permit test, your completions are electronically reported to the State.  At that point you can can head to your local DMV office to take the vision test and obtain your learners permit. Your learners permit does require another adult over the age of 21 is in the vehicle with you when driving.

After You Get Your Learners Permit

During the first three months, you can only drive supervised during daylight hours. After that, you are allowed to drive at night supervised until 10 p.m. You cannot have any driving violations or car crashes on your learners permit. If you do, you can lose it and may not be able to get your driver license until you are 18.

You do have to drive for a set number of hours with supervision, along with a set number of hours nighttime driving before you can apply for your driver license. Once you reach the state required minimum hours, you can apply to upgrade your learners permit to an actual driver license.

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Florida does have driving restrictions on teen driver licenses you must follow. You cannot drive after 11 p.m. or before 6 a.m. if under the age of 17. Once you turn 17, you cannot drive after 1 a.m. or before 5 a.m. There can also be restrictions in regard to the number of people that can be in the car with you when driving.

The state does waive the restrictions if someone over the age of 21 is in the vehicle with you or you are going to or coming home from work. Once you turn 18, then your driver license is upgraded again. This time the driving restrictions are removed.

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