Navigating Teen Traffic Laws
Operating a moving vehicle is a big responsibility. To help first-time teen drivers apply their newfound knowledge and enthusiasm in a safe and supportive driving environment, there are a number of laws they must follow.
Rules and Regulations for Florida Teen Drivers
- Moving violations are prohibited. First-time teen drivers should make every effort to drive safely so as to prevent and avoid moving violations. Those who are convicted of a moving violation during their learner’s permit period will be required to retain their learner’s permit for one year from the conviction date.
- The sole exception to this is if the teen was not convicted of the violation.
- Regular school attendance is required. Receiving a thorough education is still a top priority. Teens with learner’s permits are required to maintain regular school attendance. Should their attendance be insufficient, driving privileges can be suspended. Additionally, minors with a poor record of school attendance may be asked to prove consistent attendance by demonstrating 30 consecutive days of being in school.
- Drinking laws must be followed. In the state of Florida, there is a zero tolerance policy for underage drinking and driving. Minors with a blood alcohol content that exceeds .02% will have their license suspended for six months. A second offense will result in suspension for a year.
- Please Note: Minors who refuse to be tested for their blood alcohol content will also face license suspensions. A first offense will result in a 12 month suspension. A second offense will result in an 18 month suspension. Do not drink and drive.
- Receiving six-plus points leads to driving restrictions. First-time teen drivers who acquire six points or more over the course of a year will have their license restricted to “Business Purposes Only.” This restriction will remain in effect for 12 months or until the driver turns 18, whichever is sooner.
- Additional points gained during the restricted period will lengthen the restriction by 90 days per point.
- Licenses can be cancelled by parents. The parent or legal guardian who signed the Parental Consent Form can revoke their signature and cancel the license at any time.
- Tobacco possession is prohibited. Driving privileges will be revoked for at least 30 days for any minor convicted of possessing tobacco.
Resources for Teen Drivers
As you prepare for the learner’s permit exam, you may find yourself seeking additional guides and information. Fortunately, the Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles website provides a wide range of resources to help ease pretest anxiety and provide answers to any questions that may arise. The following resources are worth a look:
Florida Driver’s License Handbook—A one-stop-shop resource for any and every question that may arise behind the wheel, this handbook is a must for every new driver. It is also available in Spanish and Creole, and you won’t have to look far to get the answers you need.
Road Trip Checklist and Safety Tips—It’s important to make sure you’re fully prepared before heading out on a road trip. Print this guide and keep it within easy reach, so you can rest assured you’re ready to hit the road.
Pre-DMV Visit Overview—Not sure if you’ll remember everything you need to bring when you visit the DMV? This page gives you a rundown of must-haves, so you can plan your visit with confidence.
Practice Driving Log—All first-time teen drivers are required to keep track of their driving hours. This log makes it easy to help you stay organized.
Florida Learner’s Permit Test: Frequently Asked Questions
How do I get my learner’s permit?
Once you have completed the TSLAE/DATA course and passed the learner’s permit exam, you will need to visit your nearest Florida DMV to get your learner’s permit. Be sure to bring the necessary forms of identification.
Is a learner’s permit expensive?
The cost of all driver’s licenses is determined by the state. Take note of the current rates.
Where can I take the Florida learner’s permit exam?
Students younger than age 18 can take the exam in-person or online. Those 18 and older must take the in-person exam. If you choose to take the exam online, the American Safety Council offers a convenient option, so you can complete the exam without ever leaving your home.
How do I report my scores from the learner’s permit exam?
Choosing to take the exam through the American Safety Council means you do not have to handle any of the administrative hassles. Once you’ve completed the online exam, your scores are sent immediately to the Florida DMV office.
What happens if I don’t pass the learner’s permit exam the first time?
Teens can retake the learner’s permit exam after 24 hours. However, retesting fees will apply.
What happens if I get a ticket while holding a learner’s permit?
If you get a ticket while holding a learner’s permit, you will be required to retain your learner’s permit for one year from the date of conviction. The exception to this rule is if you were not convicted of the moving violation.
Do I always have to drive with an adult?
While holding a learner’s permit, teens are required to drive with a licensed adult at least 21 years old. This adult must sit in the passenger seat at all times.
When can I get my driver’s license?
Minors must carry a learner’s permit for one year or until they turn 18, whichever happens first. At this time, they are then allowed to take the next step, testing for the driver’s license.