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Florida Licensing Procedures and Florida Online Driver Education
So, you and your family have decided that you’re finally ready to begin the process of applying for your Florida learner’s permit or first Florida driver license. Florida has a graduated driver license program for Florida drivers ages 15-18 that will allow you to safely gain driving experience before “graduating” to full driving privileges. There are a few things to keep in mind to make sure that applying for your Florida driving license goes as smoothly as possible. So let’s not waste any more time!
Florida Instructional Permit or Florida Learner Permit
When you turn 15, you’re finally ready to apply for a Florida instructional permit, otherwise known as a Florida learner’s permit. In order to apply for your Florida learner’s permit, you’ll need to make sure you’ve done the following:
- At the DMV, provided “proper identification()”:http://www.flhsmv.gov/ddl/teendriv.html
- And don’t forget, proof of residential address
- Brought your social security card
- Taken a “Traffic Law and Substance Abuse Course()”:http://www.flhsmv.gov/ddl/educate_sess.html
- Prepared for the practice test by studying the “Florida driver handbook()”:http://www.flhsmv.gov/handbooks/index.html
- Gotten your parent or guardian to sign a “consent form
At the DMV, once you present these materials you will then take a series of tests. There will be two 20-question multiple choice tests, one about traffic laws, the other about road signs. For both, get 15 questions correct and you pass!
There will also be vision and hearing tests. For the vision test, you must have 20/40 vision (with or without corrective lenses).
If you manage to survive all of that, then congratulations, you just earned your Florida learner’s permit! For the first three months of your Florida learner’s license, you an only drive until 10PM, and always with a licensed driver who is at least 21 and in the front passenger seat. After you’ve had your Florida learner’s permit for one year (using it responsibly, of course), you’re ready to apply for your Florida intermediate license.
Your First Florida Driver’s License
In order to apply for your first Florida provisional driver license, you’ll need the following:
- A parent or guardian who can certify that you have practiced at least 50 hours of driving (10 of which must be at night)
- To make sure that you have not had any traffic violations in the last year—otherwise, you’ll have to wait!
- A Florida learner’s license
At the Florida DMV, you’ll present your Florida learner’s license and the required forms. Then you’ll have to take three tests:
- Vision test, in which you must have 20/40 vision (with or without glasses)
- Written test, in which you must score at least an 80%.
- The dreaded road test! We hope you’ve been studying your “Florida Driver Handbook!()”:http://www.flhsmv.gov/handbooks/index.html
- However, if you’ve taken an approved Florida driver education course, you can skip the dreaded road test altogether!
If you survive, then congratulations—you’ve just earned your first Florida driver license!
Florida Teen Driver License Restrictions and Penalties
As we said above, the purpose of the Florida driver license program is to provide you with a probationary period in which to safely develop your skills before graduating to full driving privileges. Thus, there are several restrictions you need to keep in mind regarding your Florida learner’s license or Florida driver’s license.
Florida Permit Restrictions – With a Florida learner’s permit, you must observe the following restrictions:
- you can only drive until 10PM for the first three months
- you must always with a licensed driver who is at least 21 and in the front passenger seat.
Florida Intermediate License Restrictions – Florida intermediate license holders who are 16 years old can only drive between 6 a.m. and 11 p.m. except in the following cases:
- when being accompanied by a licensed driver who is at least 21 years old and occupies the front passenger seat
- when traveling to or from work.
Florida intermediate license holders who are 17 years old can only drive between 5 a.m. and 1 a.m. except in the following cases:
- when being accompanied by a licensed driver who is at least 21 years old and occupies the front passenger seat
- when traveling to or from work.
But cheer up: when you turn 18, all of these restrictions are removed!
Florida Auto Insurance Florida Financial Responsibility Laws
Sadly, traffic accidents are a fact of life, for young and experienced drivers alike. Any vehicle registered in Florida must be covered by liability insurance. The minimum coverage is $10,000 for personal injury and $10,000 for property damage.
If you are found to be driving without the minimum mandatory liability insurance, you could be fined. If you are involved in an accident and cannot provide proof of insurance, your Florida learner’s permit or Florida intermediate license will be suspended.
Florida Drunk Driving, Cell Phone, and Text Messaging Laws
As a new Florida driver, it’s important for you to learn the Florida drunk driving, cell phone, and text messaging laws. In Florida, the standard of DUI is lower for teens, and you only need to have a blood alcohol level of 0.02 (instead of the 0.08 for adults) to be convicted.
Upon your first conviction of a Florida DUI (0.08), you will face the following penalties:
- Your Florida license will be suspended from 6 months to 1 year
- $500 to $1000 fine
- 50 hours of community service
- Vehicle impounding
- Jail sentence of 6 months maximum
- 100 hour of community service
- Ignition Interlock Device may be installed
- mandatory alcohol education program
As you can see, driving under the influence is not a habit you should want to develop. Further Florida DUI convictions will result in increased jail time, community service, fines, and Florida license suspension or even Florida license revocation.
Currently, there is no law banning cell phone use in Florida, though in 2010 there are two laws making their way through the state legislature which, if passed, will ban text messaging while driving.
Florida Online Driver Education
Anyone 16-18 applying for a Florida intermediate license may opt out of the dreaded road test upon completion of a Florida approved driver education course. The Florida DMV has a thorough list of the many “Florida approved driver education courses()”:http://www.flhsmv.gov/ddl/TLSAE_providers.html.
- I don’t have a credit card to pay for the Florida online drivers ed course. What other payment methods do you accept for the TeenDrivingCourse.com Florida online drivers ed course?
You may make payment in the form of an online check, or you may choose to mail in a payment by check or money order for the TeenDrivingCourse.com Florida internet drivers ed course, but payment must be made prior to taking the final exam.
- When can I expect to get the TeenDrivingCourse.com Florida internet drivers ed certificate of completion?
It depends on the preferred method of shipment that you select at registration. TeenDrivingCourse.com offers several convenient options for shipping your Florida certificate of completion, including regular US Mail and Federal Express. If you select regular US Mail, your online Florida traffic school certificate will be delivered in 7-10 business days. If you select Federal Express, you have the option of selecting Priority Overnight (by or before 10:30AM the next business morning), Standard Overnight certificate of completion delivery (by or before 5PM the next business day), Second Day (by or before 5PM on the second business day), Express (by or before 5PM on the third business day), or Saturday delivery (by or before 12PM on Saturday).
- Do I need to be concerned about giving out my payment information over the website if I want to take the TeenDrivingCourse.com Florida internet drivers ed course?
No. You can rest assured that TeenDrivingCourse.com uses the very latest in SSL data encryption technology to make sure that your personal and payment information is 100% secure. We also offer several payment methods for our Florida internet driver education course, including credit card, check and online check.
- How much cash do I need to shell out to pay for TeenDrivingCourse.com’s Florida internet drivers education course?
The standard price for taking the TeenDrivingCourse.com Florida online drivers education course or new drivers course is $16.50. Discounts may be available if you have a “refer a friend” discount code.
- Is it possible for me to take the Florida TeenDrivingCourse.com online drivers ed course if I am only 15 years old?
In most states, you must be at least 15 1/2 to take drivers ed for your learners permit. You should check with your state’s Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) (or whichever state agency handles the issuance of drivers licenses in Florida) to make sure that you are eligible to take Florida driver education.
Please be aware that although TeenDrivingCourse.com is sufficient for fulfilling driver education requirements in some states, in other states TeenDrivingCourse.com is only offered as a supplement to the driver education and/or training you will receive at a state-approved driving school. To find out if TeenDrivingCourse.com will meet your state’s minimum driver education requirements, we recommend that you check with the Florida Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV).
- If I take the Florida TeenDrivingCourse.com online drivers ed course, what happens if I don’t pass the Florida final exam on the first try?
You can take the exam again! Once you finish the Florida drivers ed internet course, you must take a Florida final exam. If you don’t pass the Florida test on your first try, you can retake it as many as 3 times, or until you pass!
- After I pass the Florida online drivers ed course, is there a discount which can applied to my parents’ Florida auto insurance?
It depends on which state you live in and which company you are insured with. In some states, insurance carriers do offer insurance discounts to teen-aged drivers who successfully complete an online Florida drivers education course. We recommend that you contact your insurance agent in Florida to see what, if any, discount you may qualify for by enrolling in TeenDrivingCourse.com’s Florida online drivers education course.
- If I want to take the Florida online driver education course from more than one computer, can I do that?
Yes. At TeenDrivingCourse.com we care about your convenience. You’re free to take the Florida online driver education course anywhere you want, from any computer you want. For example, if circumstances require you to take part of the Florida online drivers ed course at school and part of the Florida learners permit course from home, that’s perfectly okay! Any computer with internet access will work.
- If I need to stop the TeenDrivingCourse.com Florida internet drivers education course, can I log back online exactly where I left off?
Definitely. If you stop the TeenDrivingCourse.com Florida online drivers ed course, you can then pick up your Florida online drivers education course exactly where you left off.
- After I complete the Florida online drivers education course, can I receive my Florida certificate of completion within 5 business days?
This depends upon the shipping method that you select at registration. We offer regular US mail shipping and expedited shipping through Federal Express. Depending upon how quickly you need your Florida certificate, you receive it in as little as 24 hours.
- How long is the Florida online drivers ed course?
The Florida online driver ed course offered by TeenDrivingCourse.com is about 30 hours long. However, in some states where timers are not required you may not have to spend an entire 30 hours taking the course.
Please be aware that while in some states TeenDrivingCourse.com will be sufficient for fulfilling your state’s driver education requirements, in other states TeenDrivingCourse.com is offered only as a supplement to the actual driver education and/or training you will receive at a state-approved driving school. To find out if TeenDrivingCourse.com will meet your state’s minimum driver education requirements, please contact your local DMV office.
- Is there any way that TeenDrivingCourse.com will give me my money back for the Florida online drivers ed course?
Yes. All you have to do is submit your refund request at any time prior to your Florida certificate of completion being shipped. Refund requests for the Florida online learners permit course are not allowed after that point. This is a more generous policy than offered by our competitors, who do not allow refund requests after a certain point in the Florida internet drivers ed course.
- Due to my poor eyesight, I have a hard time reading large amounts of online text. What options does the Florida online driver education course on TeenDrivingCourse.com offer to help me?
If you have trouble reading large amounts of text, we strongly recommend that you order the “Read Along” feature that is specially designed for people in your situation. “Read Along” reads the material aloud while you follow along with the online class text. This feature can be ordering during registration for the Florida online learners permit class.
- Is the Florida TeenDrivingCourse.com online drivers education course approved by the Florida DMV/DVS?
Please be aware that although TeenDrivingCourse.com is sufficient for fulfilling driver education requirements in some states, in other states
TeenDrivingCourse.com is only offered as a supplement to the driver education and/or training you will receive at a state-approved driving school.
To find out if TeenDrivingCourse.com will meet your state’s minimum driver education requirements, we recommend that you check with the Florida Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) or Driver and Vehicle Services (DVS).
- What Florida driver education paperwork will I be asked for when I take my learners permit test?
Each state sets its own rules as what paperwork is required, but you will probably need to have a certificate of completion proving that you have passed an approved Florida online driver education program before taking your Florida learner’s permit test. Nevertheless, we strongly recommend that you either contact the Florida DMV or visit their website to see exactly what documents are required before they’ll let you take the Florida learner’s permit test.
- Do the TeenDrivingCourse.com Florida online drivers ed course quizzes count toward a percentage of my overall score for the course?
No, the TeenDrivingCourse.com Florida internet drivers ed course quizzes do not count toward the final exam grade. However, they are meant to prepare you for the TeenDrivingCourse.com Florida online drivers ed course. You will be able to go back and review the previous Florida internet drivers ed course chapter if you feel that you need to do so.
- What makes the Florida online driver education course a better option than the Florida classroom driver education course?
The difference is simple: with Florida online drivers ed at TeenDrivingCourse.com, you don’t have spend hours in a classroom listening to a teacher. TeenDrivingCourse.com allows students the flexibility to learn at their own pace. If your state does not approve online driver education, then you may have to attend a Florida driver ed class. If that’s the case, the Florida driver ed course offered by TeenDrivingCourse.com can still be a useful learning tool that will further enhance the things you learn in the classroom.
- Will I have to verify my ID before I’m allowed to take the TeenDrivingCourse.com Florida online drivers education for new drivers course?
Although many states do not require us to verify the identity of our students, some states do. If your state has this requirement (we’ll let you know if it does), it will likely take the form of us asking you personal questions at various times during the course.
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