Are you a learner’s license holder? Go to Step 7.
Are you an intermediate (teen) license holder? Go to Tip for intermediate driver license holders.
You can apply for a Florida class E driver license without holding a learner's license first. However, you can still choose to apply for a learner's license
if you want to get some supervised driving practice. Here is how to apply for a regular license.
1Complete a TLSAE course
Complete a Traffic Law and Substance Abuse Education (TLSAE) course
or an equivalent course offered by your local school board. If you hold a valid learner's license from some other jurisdiction, you may be able to avoid taking the course. Once you have completed the course through a registered provider your information is automatically submitted to DHSMV, so paper certificates are no longer needed.
2Apply for the driver license in person at a DHSMV Driver License Service Center
To locate a nearby Service Center, you can use this map of DHSMV Service Centers
. Contact a Service Center close to you to find out what services it offers and whether you can or must make an appointment in advance. You can make an appointment online
3Bring the documentation to verify the following:
- Your identity, including your full name
- Your date of birth
- Your Social Security number (or proof of ineligibility if you are not a US citizen)
- Your US citizenship (or your legal presence in the US if you are not a US citizen)
- Your residential address in Florida
Use these ideas how to select documentation:
- If you are a US citizen, check here
- If you are an immigrant, check here
- If you are Canadian, check here
- If you are non-immigrant from a country other than Canada, check here
4Pass a vision examination
If your visual acuity readings are below 20/40, you’ll be referred to an eye specialist. Color blindness will not prevent you from getting a license.
5Pass a hearing examination
If you are deaf or cannot hear conversation spoken in a normal tone of voice, you will be requested to mount the outside rearview mirror on the left side of the vehicle, or you wear a hearing aid.
6Pass a knowledge test
You may take the knowledge test
at the Driver License Service Center or at an authorized third-party exam provider
. However, the DHSMV may randomly select some third-party test-takers for retesting at the Driver License Service Center.
7Pass a driving test
You may take the driving test at a Driver License Service Center or a third-party driving test provider. For the test, you usually must provide your own vehicle. However, some third-party test providers will let you use one of their vehicles.
8Have your picture taken
9Pay the driver license fee of $48.00
If your service center is part of a county tax collector office, you must pay extra $6.25. At all state-owned facilities, you can pay by cash, credit or debit card, personal, company, certified or traveler's check, or money order. If you hold a learner’s license you don’t have to pay any fees, as you already paid when obtaining your learner’s license.
10Surrender your learner’s license if you have one
Tip for intermediate driver license holders: All restrictions on your unsupervised driving will expire, and your intermediate license will automatically become a full-privileged (adult) driver license when you turn 18. You don’t have to exchange it for a new one. Instead, you may wait until your existing license is about to expire. Then renew it, and you will be issued a new full-privileged driver license.
Does everybody pay the fee?
You don’t have to pay initial license fees if either of the following applies:
- You have a valid identification card issued by the Department of Veterans Affairs.
- You have a letter of disability determination from the Veterans Administration, which has determined that you have a 100% service-connected disability.