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Obtaining your Driver License or Identification Card

How to get a Driver License or Identification Card (English)

How to get a Driver License or Identification Card (Spanish)



Steps to Obtain a Driver License

Examinations and Tests

Driving in the State of Florida is a privilege, not a right. All applicants must have adequate physical and mental capabilities to operate a motor vehicle on the public highways of the State.

Important Note:
The state of Florida recognizes the driver licenses of some countries, validating the general knowledge and driving tests.

  • If you have a driver license from Canada, France, Republic of Korea (South Korea), or Republic of China (Taiwan), bring it with you when you arrive at one of our offices and our representatives will check your vision and hearing
  • If you have a German driver license, on the driving test is validated. You will have to complete the general knowledge test.

Applicants holding a license from another state, US territory will be required to surrender their license. Those presenting the Canadian license will also have to present it, unless they choose to take the general knowledge and driving tests.

When a driver’s license has expired for more than 12 months, the applicant must pass the State of Florida General Knowledge test.

If you do not have one of these driver’s licenses, you must meet the following requirements.

Course on Traffic Laws and Substance Abuse (Alcohol and Drugs)

If you do NOT have a driver’s license from another country, you must pass the Traffic Law and Substance Abuse course before obtaining a driver’s license. If you have a license from your country, this course will NOT be required. Show your license at the time of being assisted in our offices. Your license must be legible, and photocopies of your license will not be accepted.

Note: We cannot accept licenses that have been issued digitally, such as licenses from Venezuela that were delivered by email. There are several schools that provide the Traffic Law and Substance Abuse class, either online or by attending in person. Our organization does not offer this class.

For a list of licensed providers, click here.

General Knowledge and Traffic Signs Test

The class E license is the license that allows you to drive vehicles with a maximum of 26,000 pounds of gross weight, with a maximum of 16 people including the driver, and recreational vehicles.

The Class E exam is based on the Florida State License Handbook, which can be found on the Florida Department of Vehicle and Highway Safety website here.

Our offices frequently have manuals in Spanish (except for the AAA office).

The theoretical exam is offered in most of our offices, as well as in private schools. You will do the theoretical exam on a computer and you will have 60 minutes to complete it. It consists of 50 questions about laws and traffic signs and a minimum of 40 correct questions is required to pass it.

Vision and Hearing Screening

Your vision (distance) and hearing will be tested. If you wear glasses, contact lenses, or hearing aids, please remember to bring them.

Glasses you wear only for reading or looking up close will NOT work for you on this test as we will be testing your ability to see from a distance.

If you do not pass the vision screening, you will be referred to an ophthalmologist or optometrist for a medical exam. The doctor must complete a form that must be presented in our office.

If you have passed the vision test with glasses or contact lenses, you must wear them while operating a vehicle. You can get a ticket if you don’t use them.

Physical and Mental Requirements

You must indicate any physical or mental problems that may affect your ability to drive during your license application, such as epilepsy, fainting spells, dizziness, or any other medical condition that may affect your ability to drive.

Learner's License (Restricted License)

If you don’t know how to drive, or want to practice on public roads before going for your driving test, once you have passed the knowledge test you will need to obtain a “Learner’s Permit” (known as a restricted license).

Our office does not offer driving lessons; you will need to locate an instructor on your own.

People who have established domicile in the state will NOT be able to drive with the license of another country.

While you have this type of license you must drive with a person next to you. This person must be at least 21 years old, possess a valid driver’s license, and who will be in charge of monitoring you in the vehicle sitting in the front passenger seat while driving. The first three months that you will use this license you will only be able to drive during the day.

Persons over the age of 18 are not required to obtain a learner’s license. If you already know how to drive, you can schedule the driving test once you have completed the Traffic Law and Substance Abuse class and the general knowledge test.

Note: Under 18 Years Old
Anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a biological parent or legal guardian to obtain a learner’s license. If the parents cannot accompany the minor to the office, they must submit form 71142, previously authenticated by a notary, in which they give consent for the minor to drive. You can access this form here.
Minors must hold the license for a minimum of one year (no points), or until they turn 18 if they got it at age 17. For the complete list of underage driving
restrictions, click here.

Driving Test Procedure

The purpose of the Driver License Road Test is to:

  • Ensure you know the FL driving rules
  • Ensure you have the skills and experience to drive safely.

Helpful tip: Get an in-depth look at the road test and what to expect in our helpful video here (English version) or here (Spanish version). You can also get more information in the Florida Driver License Manual here.

Remote Road Test Procedure: 

The representative of our office is referred to as the examiner. The examiner will conduct the test from outside of the customer’s vehicle.

Communication with the tester will take place via a hands-free cellular device (Bluetooth or speakerphone) between the examiner and the tester. Customers taking the remote driving test must be accompanied by a licensed driver, 21 years or older, sitting in the passenger seat closest to the driver. No other passengers or pets are allowed in the vehicle during the test.

The examiner will have a whistle. Should they blow the whistle during the test, the tester will need to immediately come to a stop and wait for further instructions from the driver license examiner.

Road Testers will need to bring the following for their road test:

  • A valid vehicle registration
  • Current Florida insurance for the vehicle
  • A licensed driver 21 years or older (not a driving school instructor)
  • A cell phone device (hands-free, Bluetooth or speakerphone or passenger may hold the phone)
  • Highly encouraged to wear a mask

Driver License Road Tests are administered at the following locations:

  • Brandon – 3030 North Falkenburg Road, Tampa, Florida 33619
  • East Tampa – 2814 E. Hillsborough Ave., Tampa, FL 33610
  • Plant City – 4706 Sydney Road, Plant City 33566

For more information about the road test, click here.