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First-Time Florida Driver | Online DATA Course and Permit Exam

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The American Safety Council® offers two online training courses—the Drug and Alcohol Course (DATA) and the DHSMV Online Permit Exam—to help first-time drivers begin the process of getting their Florida driver’s license. These courses are designed to help each first-time Florida driver complete the necessary requirements for receiving a Florida learner’s permit and, ultimately, a driver’s license.

Which Courses Do I Need to Take for My Learner’s Permit?

Both the DATA course and the permit exam are required to obtain a Florida learner’s permit. The DATA course is intended to instill safe driving behavior in new drivers and prevent against the unnecessary occurrence of drug-related accidents and injuries.

The permit exam exists as a standardized way to ensure that all new teen drivers are adequately prepared for the responsibility of being on the open road. Given the seriousness of operating a moving vehicle, the exam is in place to ensure that learner’s permit holders will be able to handle the potential challenges of navigating a variety of traffic situations.

Online Drug and Alcohol Course (DATA)

The DATA Course is a four-hour drug and alcohol course that every first-time Florida driver must complete. Also known as the Traffic Law and Substance Abuse Education (TLSAE), the program is a prerequisite for qualifying to receive a learner’s permit or drivers license. This course teaches:

  • The effects of drugs and alcohol on driving ability
  • Laws and responsibilities for all Florida drivers
  • Techniques for safe driving
  • Tips for increasing awareness behind the wheel

Completion of the course is reported directly to the DMV.

Online Florida Learner’s Permit Exam

Available for students under the age of 18, the online permit exam is the second step hopeful teen drivers must take to secure their learner’s permit. This exam is required by the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. Fortunately, a first-time Florida driver need not visit the Florida DMV to take a written exam. Instead, the American Safety Council makes the permit exam easy and affordable by providing an online option. The latest version of this exam gives students more time and automatically reports completion to the DMV.

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The DATA course and permit exam are 100% online. This means you can make progress no matter where you are in the world, as long as you have internet access.

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Available in Spanish (Disponible en Español)

For your convenience, both courses are available in Spanish.

What to Expect from the Class E Knowledge Exam

A requirement for all individuals seeking to obtain a driver’s license, the Class E Knowledge Exam, can be taken in person or online. In short, exam takers must:

  • Complete the 50-question exam either in person or through a third-party provider
  • Score a 40/50 (80%)

It is important to note that individuals who take the Class E Knowledge Exam through a third-party administrator may be randomly selected to take a retest without advance warning. In this circumstance, the retest would be administered at no cost to the student. However, if the student fails the retest, they will be required to pay a re-exam fee at the time of the next attempt.

Set Yourself Up for Success

If you do not pass the permit exam the first time, you can take it again. However, there is no need to waste valuable time and money. Instead, you can put your energy into the American Safety Council’s online permit exam prep. This valuable resource is designed to help teen drivers pass the permit exam the first time. It is included in the online bundle deals so you have the greatest chance of succeeding and getting out onto the road faster.

Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) Laws for Teens

To ensure that teen drivers are safe on the road, GDL laws allow teen drivers to build their skills and road awareness under low-risk conditions. Over time, teen drivers must abide by fewer restrictions until they are granted full driving privileges. The following summarizes GDL laws associated with each stage of the license acquisition process:

Learner’s permitTeens may drive only during daylight hours for the first three months after receiving their permit. After three months, the driving curfew extends to 10:00 pm. While holding a learner’s permit, teens must always be accompanied by a responsible adult driver who is at least 21 years of age.

Driver’s license at 16Teens who receive their driver’s license when they are 16 are forbidden from driving between 11:00 pm and 6:00 am. The only exceptions to this rule are if the teen is driving to work or is accompanied by a licensed driver over 21 years old.

Driver’s license at 17Teens who receive their driver’s license when they are 17 are forbidden from driving between 1:00 am and 5:00 am. The exceptions to this rule are if the teen is driving to work or is accompanied by a licensed driver over 21 years old.

Sign Up for the DATA Course and Online Permit Exam with American Safety Council

Register for the DATA course and the online permit exam, and take the first step toward driving proficiency. To make these programs even more affordable, the American Safety Council offers bundle deals. Individuals can select the Drug and Alcohol Course with Online Permit Exam or the DATA Course, online permit exam and exam prep. These deals are intended to save you money as you move forward on the road to achieving the freedom that a Florida driver’s license can bring.

First-Time Florida Driver: Frequently Asked Questions

 What do I need to get my Florida Learner’s Permit?

If you’re a first-time Florida driver, you’ll need to meet the following requirements in order to get your learner’s permit:

  • Must be 15+ years old
  • If under 18, must have a signed/notarized parental consent form
  • Must have proof of TSLAE course completion
  • Must pass vision and hearing test
  • Must pass the Class E Knowledge Exam with an 80% or higher
  • Must provide documents proving identity, social security number and address

What do I need to get my Florida Driver’s License?

Earning the right to operate a vehicle is no small feat. As a result, driver’s license candidates must meet a series of requirements to proceed at each stage of the process. Although the requirements are generally universal, there are some key difference between requirements for teen and adult first-time drivers.

If you’re a teen who is ready to get your Florida driver’s license, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Must be 16+ years old
  • Must have held a learner’s permit for 12 months or until the age of 18, whichever comes first
  • Must have adult (parent, legal guardian or other responsible party) over 21 years of age complete the Certification of Minor Driving Experience form. This certifies that the student driver has completed at least 50 hours of driving experience, including 10 nighttime hours
  • Must maintain a clean driving record with no moving violations. However, one moving violation is allowed as long as there was no adjudication
  • Must pass the written exam
  • Must pass the Class E Driving Skills Test
  • Must ensure vehicle used for driving test has valid registration, is insured and passes a basic vehicle inspection by the driver’s license examiner
  • Must provide documents proving identity, social security number and address

Adult first-time drivers in Florida do not have to go through the process of acquiring a learner’s permit and abiding by GDL laws. However, the following requirements do apply:

  • Have proof of TSLAE course completion
  • Pass the written exam
  • Pass vision and hearing test
  • Pass the Class E Knowledge Exam with an 80%
  • Provide documents proving identity, social security number and address

Do adults need a learner’s permit?

In the state of Florida, adults do not need to acquire a learner’s permit or follow GDL laws. Instead, first-time Florida drivers 18 years and older can skip the learner’s permit and proceed straight to the driver’s license process. Adult first-time drivers in Florida will still be required to complete the TSLAE/DATA course, pass the written exam with an 80% and pass a vision and hearing test. When you visit a Florida DMV office, you will also need to bring proof of identity, social security number and address.

What happens after I complete my learner’s permit requirements?

Although you can complete both learner’s permit requirements online, you will need do visit a Florida DMV Office to present proof of Identification, proof of test completion and receive your learner’s permit.

Do I need to take the TSLAE/ DATA Course or permit exam in person?

No. If you are under 18 years old, you can take the TSLAE/DATA course and the permit exam online through a third-party administrator such as the American Safety Council.

Taking the American Safety Council course offers many benefits, which include fitting the program around your school or work schedule, moving at your own pace, and having access to 24/7 support, everywhere you are.

Am I allowed to get a ticket while holding my permit?

Teens who receive a ticket while holding a learner’s permit will not be permitted to progress to a driver’s license for one year from the conviction date. The only exception to this is if adjudication was withheld.

What is the Florida Driver’s Handbook?

The Florida Driver’s Handbook is a useful resource, containing rules and regulations you should know as you begin the process of receiving your driver’s license. If you have not already, you should download a copy of this handbook, so you can easily answer the questions and concerns that may arise behind the wheel.

What will I have to do during the skills test?

Similar to the Class E Knowledge Exam, the Class E Skills Test can be taken at a Florida DMV office or with a third-party administrator. Regardless of where the test is taken, students are expected to safely perform the following maneuvers:

Three-point turnTurn the testing vehicle around in a 20- 40-foot area.

CrossingNavigate to the appropriate lane, look both ways and use the necessary signals.

Respect right-of-wayAllow pedestrians to cross, pull over or stop for emergency vehicles, and refrain from entering an intersection if the resulting action will interfere with other traffic.

Straight-in parkingManeuver the test vehicle so it is located in the center of the space, without the front or back of the vehicle impeding the traffic lane.

Parking on a gradePossess the skills necessary to park uphill and downhill, with or without a curb.

Quick stopUnderstand how to safely and efficiently bring the vehicle to a halt when instructed by the test examiner.

Back upBe able to reverse for a distance of 50 feet, while looking directly to the rear of the vehicle. Rearview mirrors and rearview camera monitors are not permitted during this exercise.

Respect stop signsCome to the stop sign in the proper lane and perform a complete stop until it is safe to proceed forward.

Respect traffic signalsApproach the light at an appropriate speed and in the proper lane. Refrain from moving forward until the light is green and any remaining traffic has made it through the intersection.

Signal and turnWhile driving in the proper lane, signal the impending turn for at least 100 feet. Hand or mechanical signals are permitted.

Stay in your laneRemain in the right lane, except when driving on a one-way street. Refrain from changing lanes until this can be done safely.

Pass with careEnsure the area to the front and back of the testing vehicle is clear before passing.

Maintain safe following distanceRefrain from following other cars too closely. Maintain a minimum four-second following distance.

Maintain proper seated postureKeep both hands on the steering wheel at all times. Refrain from resting an elbow on the window.

Individuals who demonstrate competency in the above procedures will be granted their driver’s license. Teens who have carried a learner’s permit will turn in their permit when their driver’s license is granted.

Sources:  

FLHSMV: https://www.flhsmv.gov/driver-licenses-id-cards/licensing-requirements-teens-graduated-driver-license-laws-driving-curfews/ 

FLHSMV: https://www.flhsmv.gov/driver-licenses-id-cards/licensing-requirements-teens-graduated-driver-license-laws-driving-curfews/class-e-knowledge-exam-driving-skills-test/