First Time Drivers

The following information pertains only to customers who have never had a driver license before.

All customers applying for a Florida license are required to meet minimum vision requirements (please bring your glasses or contacts with you) and provide the required documentation.

Adult Applicants:

To obtain a Florida learner’s permit you must:

  • Complete the Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles approved Traffic Law and Substance Abuse Education Course. There are online and in-classroom options.
  • After completion of the TLSAE, pass the Class E General Knowledge Exam through an approved third-party provider or at a Tax Collector Service Center.  You must make an appointment to take the Knowledge Exam at a service center.
  • Provide the required documentation.
  • Pass a Vision Test at the Tax Collector’s Office or submit HSMV 72010 completed by a Florida licensed vision specialist.

    Note: Customers 18 and older are not required to obtain a learner’s permit/license. Once general knowledge testing is complete, a road test appointment can be scheduled.
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To apply for a learner’s license, you must:

NOTE: Minors who take the Knowledge Exam online will need the parent or guardian who monitored them to certify that they were proctored during the exam. This can be done in person during the appointment, or by signing and notarizing the Parent Proctoring form.

  • Pass a Vision Test which is administered by the Tax Collector’s Office
  • Comply with school attendance. Per Florida Statute, Section 322.091, students who have 15 or more unexcused absences in a 90-day period are ineligible to receive or maintain driving privileges
  • Have one parent or legal guardian present or have their signature on the Parental Consent Form. Stepparents, grandparents, or other family members may not sign unless they have legal custody of the minor child.
  • Provide the required documentation.

To apply for a driver license you must:

  • Be at least 16 years old AND have held a learner’s license for one year
  • No traffic convictions
  • Have 50 hours (40 daytime and 10 nighttime) of driving experience. A parent, guardian, or other adult 21 years of age or older must be present with identification to sign the Certification of Driving Experience of a Minor If a responsible adult cannot be present, the document must be signed, notarized, and brought to the Road Test appointment.
  • Pass a Road Test
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Driving tests are offered by appointment only at our North and South Fort Myers, Bonita Springs and Cape Coral locations (select the “Road Test” appointment type when scheduling.) Slots open on a 30-day rolling basis. If you cannot make it to your appointment, please cancel it so other people have an opportunity to book.

Driving tests may also be completed at FLHSMV-approved third-party testing locations for an additional fee. Please see FLHSMV’s website for full list of providers.

Note: Per Florida Statute 322.56(3)(b) and (e), a customer who takes (and passes) the Class E Knowledge or Skills Exam through an authorized Third-Party Administrator may be randomly selected for a mandatory re-test without prior notice. This includes students who took Driver Education through their school. After a re-test with a passing score is completed in a driver license or tax collector office, the driver license will be issued. A failed mandatory re-test will require a re-exam fee be collected at the next exam attempt.

Road Rules


Candidates must provide their own vehicle for the Class E Driving Skills Test. The vehicle must have a valid registration, proof of insurance, and pass a basic vehicle inspection conducted by the driver license examiner. The Driving Skills Test will not be given if the examiner finds:

  • Defective or inoperable horn, rear-view mirror, directional signals, steering wheel, brakes, tires, brake lights, headlights or taillights.
  • No windshield wipers on the driver’s side.
  • Cracked or broken glass that hinders visibility.
  • Expired tag.
  • No doors.
  • Front doors do not open from the inside and outside.
  • Vehicle does not have stationary seats.
  • Vehicle does not permit driver to give hand signals when required.
  • Jeep-type vehicles without framed canvas or metal doors held by hinges and door latch.
  • Does not meet bumper height requirements.
  • A low-speed vehicle, which are vehicles with top speeds of 20 to 25 miles per hour.

No other passengers are permitted during the exam unless a language interpreter is necessary.

Vehicles must be clean, sanitary and free of debris.


You may be asked to perform the following maneuvers on the driving skills test:

  • Three Point Turn. Turn car around in a 20 to 40-foot space.
  • Approach of Crossing. Get in the proper lane and look in each direction.
  • Yield Right-of-Way. Allow pedestrians to cross, pull over and stop for emergency vehicles, and do not enter an intersection where you will interfere with other traffic.
  • Straight-In Parking. When properly parked, the vehicle should be centered inside the space with no part of the vehicle extending out in the traffic lane.
  • Parking on a Grade. Proper parking for uphill and downhill, with and without a curb.
  • Stop Quickly. Make a quick, safe stop when the examiner/agent instructs you.
  • Backing. Back a distance of 50 feet at a slow speed while looking to the rear. Do not use the rear-view mirror or rear-view camera monitor.
  • Obey Stop Signs. Approach in proper lane, come to a complete stop before reaching the stop line or crosswalk. Remain stopped until you can move safely.
  • Obey Traffic Signals. Get into the proper lane and approach the light at a speed that allows you to stop if the light changes. When the light turns green, do not move forward until traffic has cleared the intersection.
  • Signal and Turn. Get into the proper lane and signal your turn for the last 100 feet. You may use either hand or mechanical signals.
  • Passing. Always look ahead and behind to make sure you can pass safely.
  • Stay in Proper Lane. Drive in the right lane except on a one-way street. Don’t change lanes until it’s safe.
  • Follow at a Safe Distance. Don’t follow closely behind other cars. Keep a minimum distance of four seconds.
  • Use Proper Posture. Keep both hands on the steering wheel and do not rest your elbow in the window.

The examiner/agent will explain any mistakes you may have made after the exam is completed.

Customers who fail the Road Test will have to return for a re-test. 

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Those holding a learner’s license:

  • Must always be accompanied by a licensed driver who is at least 21 years of age and sits in the front passenger seat
  • May only operate a vehicle during the daylight hours. After three months, the holder of the learner’s license may operate a vehicle until 10 p.m.
  • Are not allowed to operate motorcycles, mopeds or go-peds

Teens who have upgraded to Class E driver’s license:

16-year-olds may only drive between 6 a.m. and 11 p.m., unless they are travelling to or from work, or are accompanied by a licensed driver who is at least 21 years old and sits in the front passenger seat.

17-year-olds may only drive between 5 a.m. and 1 a.m., unless they are traveling to or from work, or are accompanied by a licensed driver who is at least 21 years old and sits in the front passenger seat.

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