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Teen Drivers Information


First


All of the following requirements must be met in order to obtain a Learner's Driver License.
  • Present two forms of identification. For acceptable documents, click here to review the information found on the "Go Gather Get" website.
  • Have proof of Social Security number for U.S. citizens and permanent residents.
  • Have two proofs of residential address showing your full name. A completed Certification of Address may be used by the learner in lieu of providing two proofs of residential address. Click here to download the Certification of Address Form.
  • Be at least 15 years old.
  • Pass a vision test.
  • Pass road signs and road rules tests either through Driver's Education or in a driver license office. Effective November 1, 2001, in-office written tests are limited to two attempts per day.
  • Have one parent or legal guardian present or have their signature on the Parental Consent Form (if under the age of 18). Click here to download Parental Consent Form.
  • Complete the DHSMV-approved Traffic Law and Substance Abuse Education Course. Click here to view traffic school information.
  • Be in compliance with school attendance. The Florida Legislature enacted requirements (Section 322.091, F.S.) that students who accumulate 15 unexcused absences, in a period of 90 calendar days are ineligible to receive or maintain driving privileges.

For additional information for parents and teens, click here.

Then


Now it's time to practice for a year! To earn an Intermediate License, teens must be at least 16 years old AND have held a Learner's License for at least one year without any traffic convictions.

The State of Florida has a graduated licensing program for teen drivers that establishes age related restrictions and privileges.
Such restrictions and privileges outline under what circumstances, including the time of day a teen may operate a motor vehicle on Florida's roadways.

Learner's License:

Teens must be at least 15 years old to apply for a Learner's License. They must have completed a Traffic Law and Substance Abuse Course, pass a written test, vision test, hearing test and a signed Parental Consent Form ALWAYS with a licensed driver who is at least 21 years old and occupies the front passenger seat.

Intermediate License:

Teens must be at least 16 years old AND have held a Learner's License for at least one year without any traffic convictions.

Full Privilege License:

When the teen turns 18, restrictions are removed from their license. Then they have a full privilege license.

Once you obtain an Intermediate License your driving privilege are based on your age.

  • 16 years old - Driving is allowed between 6 a.m. and 11 p.m. without a licensed adult (all other times must be accompanied by a licensed driver at least 21 years old occupying the closest seat to the right of the driver, or be traveling to or from work).
  • 17 years old - Driving allowed between 5 a.m. and 1 a.m. without a licensed adult(all other times must be accompanied by a licensed driver at least 21 years old occupying the closest seat to the right of the driver, or be traveling to or from work).
  • 18 years old - Driving is allowed at all hours.

To review the graduated licensing program for teen drivers provided on the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, website, including age related restrictions and privileges, click here.


Next


You may schedule an appointment for your road test with The Tax Collector’s Office, or an approved provider for Polk County, or any of the approved providers for the State of Florida.

Click below to make an appointment with approved providers for Polk County.

Atlantic Driving School


For additional convenience, in addition to regular business hours, Atlantic Driving School provides road tests after 5 P.M. and on Saturdays. Atlantic Driving School also provides pick-up and delivery of road test candidates.


Click here to make an appointment with other approved providers for the State of Florida.

Click here to make an appointment with the Tax Collector’s Office.

Once you have completed your road test, your next step will be the Tax Collector’s Office. The Tax Collector’s Office will issue you a Class E License. Please make sure you have appropriate documentation and fees. If your license record is INVALID, you will have to resolve the issue before being issued your Driver’s License.

Certification of Driving Experience - 17 years old and under

A parent, guardian, or other responsible adult 21 years old or older must be present with their identification to certify you have had 50 hours (10 nighttime & 40 daytime) of driving experience. Note: With a Learner's License, you can only drive with a valid licensed driver who is at least 21 years old and occupies the front passenger seat at all times.

If this person cannot be present for whatever reason, they must complete the items listed below for you to bring to the Tax Collector’s Office to get your license.
  • Certification of driving experience of a minor form 71143
  • Notice and consent for road test video/audio recording

Fees

All fees include a $6.25 Tax Collector Service Fee.

Upgrade to Class E – Permit on hand - $6.25
Upgrade to Class E – Permit Lost or not available - $31.25
Upgrade to Class E – Permit on hand – Address Change or Name Change - $31.25
Upgrade to Class E – Permit Stolen with Police report – No changes - $6.25
Upgrade to Class E – Permit Stolen with Police report – Address or Name Change - $31.25
Exam Retake fee - $26.25

Pass the test, smile and get your picture taken!


Boom


Be careful and have fun!

Now that you have your license your first thought will be to snap a pic of it and put it on Twitter, Facebook, or Snapchat it.

BUT WAIT!

If you upload a picture of your full driver’s license on the web, it allows others to have access to your information.

If you take a picture holding your new license, make sure to place your finger over your personal information & license number.

Or, you can also use our DL Cut Out to post your wonderful news on your favorite social media sight, like this:



There are many resources available for you as the teen and your parent.

Florida Drivers Guide for Teens and Parents
(abbreviated guide with driving log and skills mastery)

Florida Youth Driving Monitoring Service

Dori Slosberg Foundation - This non-profit organization supports teen driver safety initiatives and the website is constantly updated with driver safety information.

Driving & Youth Employment Provisions

Parent Access to Minor's Driving Record

Teen Driver Challenge

Safe Driving

AAA
The American Automobile Association site offers information about learning and teaching safe driving, selecting a car for a teen driver, GDL, stats and much more, including lots of links.

Alive at 25
Alive at 25 is a survival course developed by the National Safety Council to prevent traffic fatalities, collisions and violations. Their sites has facts about teen driving and links to other relevant organizations as well as information about their own program.

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
Extensive research and statistics about safe driving.

National Safety Council
The Parent's Supervised Driving Program is a resource for parents to utilize when teaching their teen to drive. To learn more, click here.


Driving Records for Minors

The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles has expanded its internet services to allow parental access to a minor's driving history.

The Jeffrey Klapatch Act went into effect Jan. 1, 2007 - the legacy of a Lakeland teenager who died tragically in 2005. The new law provides a system that allows either parent of a minor, a guardian, or other responsible adult who signed a minor's application for a driver's license, to have internet access to inspect the minor's driver history record.

If you are a parent or guardian, you may access the driving history of your minor child by clicking here.

You will need to enter the driver license number, the last four digits of the minor's Social Security number, and the minor's date of birth.