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Florida Laws for Young Drivers

by / Friday, 16 August 2019 / Published in News

If you have pre-teens or teenagers in the house, then the prospect of them driving is probably starting to weigh on your mind.  Knowing you will soon have a teen driver can feel a bit overwhelming for both the parent and the teen.  Adults with years of driving experience understand what a huge responsibility it is to have a driver’s license and be out on the road.  We thought it might be helpful for you to know what the laws are for young drivers here in Florida as you begin to prepare them (and yourself) for this exciting yet anxiety-inducing time.

Steps to Obtaining a Driver’s License

Driver’s permit and driver’s license laws vary by state.  Even if you were born and raised in Florida, the laws may have changed since you went through the process, so it is important to know what to expect.  You can consult the Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV) website for the most up-to-date information.

1. Take a Driving Education Course

In order to obtain a permit, which is the precursor to a license, a person must be at least fifteen years of age.  If the person is under eighteen years of age, they must have a parental consent form signed.  They also must also have proof that they have completed a Traffic Law and Substance Abuse Education Course (TLSAE).  Some schools provide a course that will meet this requirement.

2. Pass a Written Test

They will have to pass a vision and hearing test, as well as provide proof of identity, proof of Social Security number, and proof of residential address.  They will then be required to take a written, multiple-choice test consisting of fifty questions.  In order to pass, they must get at least forty questions correct.  The test covers traffic laws and traffic signs.

3. Practice Driving with a Permit

Once your teen receives their permit, this means they are allowed to drive with an adult, age twenty-one or older, in the passenger seat of the vehicle.  For the first three months after receiving the permit, the young driver is only allowed to drive during daylight hours.  After that, they are allowed to be on the road until 10 pm.  We strongly suggest that you begin this driving practice in an empty parking lot to go over the basics of driving and allow your teen to learn the feel of the accelerator and brake pedal.  Don’t take them out on A1A for their first driving experience PLEASE!

4. Apply for a Driver’s License

In Florida, a driver must have their permit for one full year (or have reached age eighteen) before they can apply for their driver’s license.  As the parent, you will have received a Log Sheet to track your child’s driving as they are required to have at least fifty hours of driving experience prior to applying for their license.  Ten of those fifty hours must be at night.  When your child goes to take their driving test, make sure you allow them to use a vehicle that they are used to driving so that they are as comfortable as possible for the test.  The vehicle must have current registration and insurance.

According to DoSomething.org, sixteen-year-old drivers have a higher accident rate than drivers of any other age.  We can’t be with our kids 24/7, and even if we were, some accidents are truly unavoidable.  If you or your teen goes through the unfortunate incident of an accident and need a car accident attorney, please call us at Nance Cacciatore Law to see what we can do for you.  We are located in Melbourne, FL and serve all of Brevard County, from Titusville to Palm Bay.  Our personal injury lawyers are experts in trying car accidents, motorcycle accidents, and wrongful death cases.  We will be with you every step of the way!

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