Florida uses a system of graduated licenses to guide teens from being learners to becoming fully licensed drivers.
Beginning at 15 years old, with parent approval, a teen can take a written and vision test to obtain an instruction permit. The teen must also complete the state’s traffic law and substance abuse course. The instruction permit allows the licensee to drive in Florida as long as a licensed adult who is at least 21 years old is in the front seat at all times.
For the first three months, the youth can drive only during daylight hours. After the three months are complete, the teen can drive (with supervision) until 10 p.m.
At 16 years old, a driver can apply for a restricted driver’s license if he or she has:
For 16-year-olds, the driver’s license is restricted to use from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. unless the youth is driving for employment or accompanied by a licensed adult who is at least 21 years old. This curfew shortens to 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. once the driver turns 17 years old. Any violation of this curfew can result in license suspension and revocation as well as infraction fines.
The restricted license also requires the holder to be enrolled in school (or a similar institution) with satisfactory attendance.
These restrictions will stay in place until the driver turns 18 years old.
Before any driver can operate a vehicle in Florida, the vehicle must be properly insured. In Florida, the mandatory insurance requirements are:
Drivers who cannot show proof of insurance can be convicted of a traffic infraction and will face fines and license suspension until proof of insurance is provided to the court.