What is the Driving Age in Florida?

Florida has a minimum driving age of 15 years old to begin the Graduated Drivers License program. Drivers must be 18 to apply for a full license.
Written by Bonnie Stinson
Edited by R.E. Fulton
, like many other states, has a Graduated Drivers License (GDL) program to allow teen drivers of 15 years or older to safely gain driving experience and receive an unrestricted
Florida driver’s license
by age 18. 
  • 15 years old is the age at which Florida teens can start driving with an instruction permit. 
  • You must be 18 years old to receive your full Florida driver’s license. 

What is the driving age in Florida?

Instruction permit: 15 years old
Unrestricted full license: 18 years old
Florida has a minimum driving age of 15 years old to begin the Graduated Drivers License driver education program. Drivers must be at least 18 to apply for a standard unrestricted driver’s license. 

What is the Graduated Drivers License program in Florida?

To help reduce the high rate of collisions involving teenagers, Florida was the first US state to implement the Graduated Drivers License program (GDL) in 1996. Motor vehicle crashes are one of the top leading causes of death among young drivers, according to the
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Through the GDL program, Florida teens progressively gain driving experience before obtaining full driving privileges. In general, the GDL program will include three stages:
  • Instruction permit stage: Driving under supervision
  • Provisional license stage: Limited unsupervised driving with driving restrictions
  • Full license stage: Unrestricted standard driver’s license

How to get your instruction permit in Florida

All drivers under the age of 18 must go through the GDL program through the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV). This restricts young drivers to the different phases as they progress toward earning their full driver’s license. 
Here are the licensing requirements to obtain a learner’s permit:
Prepare for your knowledge exam by using the
Florida Driver License Handbook
and taking the
practice test
You must score 80 percent (40 out of 50 questions) to pass the exam. If you fail, you can retake the test, but there will be a retesting fee of $10, plus a $6.25 service fee if it’s done at a tax collector’s office. 
You’ll also need to provide the necessary documents when applying for your learner’s permit at a
Florida DMV location
Once you pass the knowledge test, you’ll obtain your learner’s license. 
Plan ahead and
compare auto insurance quotes online
to find the best rate before you head to the DMV. Young drivers tend to be charged extremely high rates—plus
auto insurance costs in Florida
are some of the highest in the nation, even for
minimum insurance coverage

Provisional instruction permit restrictions

A Florida learner’s permit gives you restricted driving privileges. Provisional permit drivers are subject to schedule restrictions:
  • First three months: You may only drive during daylight hours. Night driving is not allowed.
  • After the first three months: You may drive between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m.
Keep in mind that new drivers must always be accompanied by a licensed driver who is 21 years of age or old at all times. 
The learner’s permit will be held for a minimum of 12 months or until your 18th birthday, whichever comes first.

How to get your provisional driver’s license in Florida

You are required to gain 50 hours of supervised driving, with 10 hours at night to proceed to the next stage in the GDL program. These hours can be tracked using the
practice log sheet
Here are the requirements to obtain a Florida provisional driver’s license:
  • Be at least 16 years old
  • Hold a Florida instruction permit for at least 12 months or reach age 18, whichever comes first
  • A parent, legal guardian, or responsible adult over 21 years old must complete the
    Certification of Minor Driving Experience Form
    to certify your 50 hours of driving experience, of which 10 hours must be at night.
  • Must have NO
    moving violation
    convictions or traffic violations for one year from learner’s license date of issue—one moving violation is permitted if the adjudication was withheld
  • Must have valid vehicle registration,
    proof of insurance
    , and pass the examiner’s vehicle inspection
  • Provide
    acceptable documents
    for your proof of identity, proof of Social Security number, and proof of residential address if it was not previously provided
If you fail, you can retake the driving test after 24 hours. There is a $20 retesting fee and a $6.25 service fee if the transaction is completed in a tax collector’s office. You’ll have five attempts to pass your safe driving test before being asked to re-apply for the permit.
Key Takeaway Bring your learner’s permit, Certification of Minor Driving Experience Form, and have enough practice to pass your driving test and obtain your Florida driver’s license. 

Provisional driver’s license restrictions

If you’ve obtained your restricted driver’s license, congratulations! Just be mindful that there are still limitations to your driving, depending on your age:
  • 16-year-old: you may not drive between 11:00 pm and 6:00 am. Must be accompanied by a licensed driver 21+ unless driving to school or work.
  • 17-year-old: you may not drive between 1:00 am and 5:00 am. Must be accompanied by a licensed driver 21+ unless driving to school or work.
Violating any of the restrictions could lead to penalties and
license revocation
. These restrictions are lifted once you reach the age of 18, at which point you can get an unrestricted driver’s license to legally drive anytime you want in the Sunshine State. 


Unfortunately, there are no exceptions to the GDL program. All young drivers in the state of Florida must follow the program to obtain their full driver’s license.
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Yes. Teenagers in Florida can get a provisional driver’s license at the age of 16 if they have held a learner’s license for at least 12 months. 
A Certification of Minor Driving Experience Form must also be provided to certify that the driver has 50 hours of driving experience, with 10 hours being at night. Finally, they must pass the Class E driving skills test and have no moving violation convictions.
No, you cannot drive alone at 17 in Florida unless you are driving to school or work. Otherwise, you must have a licensed driver who is 21 years of age or older with you in the front passenger seat.
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