What is the DATA Course?

American Safety Council® offers the Drug and Alcohol Course, also known as the Traffic Law and Substance Abuse Education Course (DATA and TLSAE, respectively) to first time drivers in the state of Florida. The state-approved course, which covers traffic law and substance abuse education, is a requirement for all first-time drivers seeking to obtain their Florida learner’s permit.

Who is the DATA Course for?

The DATA course is designed for first-time teen drivers in the state of Florida. If you are seeking to obtain your learner’s permit in Florida, then this course is a necessary step on the road to receiving driving privileges and independence. Designed to help teens understand the negative impact of drugs and alcohol on driving abilities, the course aims to create safer drivers from the beginning.

Why Take the DATA Course?

The first and most important reason to take the DATA course is that it is required by the state for all first-time teen drivers who are seeking to obtain their learner’s permit. However, the reasons for taking the DATA course go much deeper.

With driving comes countless opportunities to interact with the world in ways that were not possible before having driving privileges. Some of the interactions young drivers could experience involve the possibility of alcohol and drugs. While partaking of drugs or alcohol could be tempting, it is important for teen drivers to understand how their choices to engage with alcohol and drugs could impact not just their own life, but the lives of everyone else they encounter, when they get behind the wheel.

By taking the DATA course, teens will gain a greater understanding of how their choices matter as well as the ripple effect that takes place every time they set out on the road. Individuals should take the DATA course not just for their own wellbeing, but for the safety and wellbeing of others. After all, drinking-related crashes are a leading cause of accidents and deaths involving teens behind the wheel. There is a clear need for the education the DATA course seeks to provide.

Why Take Our Course?

American Safety Council is proud to offer the DATA course and Florida DMV drug and alcohol test to teens preparing for their Florida learner permit. With so many course administrators to choose from, what makes our course stand out? Here are the top reasons to choose the DATA course from American Safety Council:

Reasons to Choose the DATA Course from American Safety Council


When you choose to complete your DATA course with American Safety Council, you can rest assured that the material is already approved by the state of Florida and meets all state requirements.

100% Online

The rest of your life is already online, so why not your DATA course? You can access your course material from anywhere you have an internet connection, at any time.


Do not worry about moving too fast or too slow. Although the four-hour drug and alcohol course must take a minimum of four hours, you can work at the pace that fits your schedule, stopping and starting whenever you like.

High Quality

Many people assume that online courses are lower quality, but that is simply not the case. The online market is rich with quality course material. With American Safety Council’s course, you can trust the material you study is the best and most useful you can find at the tip of your fingers.

Support When You Need It

There is nothing worse than having to stop your progress because of a question you can’t answer. Fortunately, we provide 24/7 support via phone, live chat or email, so you can keep moving forward.

Hassle-Free Course Reporting

When you complete the course, your achievement will automatically be reported to the Florida DMV. This saves you time and stress, and ensures that the reporting process is as seamless as possible, so you can continue moving toward your learner permit.

Still not sure about taking the course online? Students who take their DATA course with American Safety Council have a wide range of learning styles. This means the course itself is tailored to meet the needs of various kinds of learners, in order to serve the largest number of individuals in the best way possible.

Benefits of the Course

In addition to fulfilling the state requirements, there are several benefits to taking the Drug and Alcohol Course, including:

  • Relevant insight into the impact of your actions
  • Real-world connections that stick with you after the course
  • Confidence to get on the road with a deeper understanding of the realities of unsafe driving

Topics Covered

Driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs continues to be a major problem for teens, so there are a wide variety of topics to cover in preparation for the Florida DMV drug and alcohol test online.

Expect to cover these topics in the DATA course:

  • Alcohol’s impact on the body: How it is absorbed and how it affects muscle coordination, heart rate, vision and reaction time
  • Understanding blood alcohol concentration
  • The impact of drugs, including marijuana, stimulants, hallucinogens, narcotics, antihistamines and pain relievers
  • How drugs and alcohol impact judgement
  • The impact of stress and fatigue
  • The impact of impaired drivers on others in and outside of motor vehicles
  • The impact of impaired driving on interpersonal relationships and emotions

The DATA course is more than a dry overview of numbers and empty warnings. The course aims to reach teens on a personal and emotional level, so they understand the effect of their choices on not just themselves, but on everyone around them.

Affordable DATA Packages

The excitement of learning to drive can often be overlooked when the costs of traffic school and driver education courses begin to pile up. That is why American Safety Council offers their Florida drug and alcohol test at a reasonable price, so students and parents are not discouraged from moving forward on the driver education path.

Additionally, we are proud to offer DATA packages that bundle multiple courses together for an even better value. There are two DATA packages from which you can choose:

The DATA Course and Permit Exam includes:

  • The DATA course
  • The online permit pxam
  • 50 free practice test questions for the permit exam

This package deal tends to be the most popular for a wide range of individuals. However, the following is another strong option that offers the best value of all DATA course packages from American Safety Council:

The DATA Course, Permit Exam and Exam Prep includes:

  • The DATA course
  • The online permit exam
  • Exam questions and review to prepare for the permit test

Regardless of which option you choose, you can rest assured that you will be getting the best value for the money spent on your Florida DMV drug and alcohol test. Since the DATA course and Permit Exam are required portions of the driver education process in Florida, it only makes sense to save some money in the process. If you have been searching for high quality courses at a value, American Safety Council has an option for you.

Florida Learner’s Permit Process

Teen drivers seeking their learner’s permit in Florida must follow the following steps:

  • Be at least 15 years of age
  • Complete the DATA course online or in person–we make it easy to complete the course from the comfort of your home
  • Have a parent or legal guardian complete the Parental Consent for a Driver Application of a Minor form
  • Provide proof of social security number, identity, DATA course completion and address
  • Pass the following: vision exam, hearing test and written knowledge test of road rules

Once a learner’s permit is acquired, graduated driving laws will apply in varying stages until the driver turns 18.

Please note: If the written knowledge test is taken through a third-party administrator, there is the potential that the applicant will be asked to take the test again at the Florida DMV office upon arrival. This is due to the fact that the state randomly selects individuals who have taken the test elsewhere to repeat the test at the DMV.

Individuals who are first-time drivers as adults–over the age of 18–will not need to apply for a learner’s permit. These new drivers will follow a different process and are not subject to the graduated driving laws applied to first-time teen drivers wishing to operate motor vehicles.

How Parents Can Get Involved

As a parent with a teen going through the driver education process in Florida, you may be wondering the best ways to get involved to make the experience more beneficial for your child. When it comes to the dangers of drinking and driving, there is no better time to have a conversation with your teen than when they are preparing to take their drug and alcohol test online.

The DATA course and Florida DMV drug and alcohol test are designed to leave a lasting impact on your teen, so they will take their driving behavior and the laws surrounding alcohol and drug use seriously. Parental reinforcement can go a long way in cementing these lessons.

Ways to help your teen establish safe driving habits:

  • Clearly define your expectations about drinking and driving and consider signing a physical contract that lays out these expectations.
  • Establish a code with your teen that they can text you if they need a ride home from a party.
  • Keep liquor cabinets in your home secured and ensure older siblings understand the rules in place for your new teen driver.
  • Assist your teen in selecting a DATA course administrator that you can trust, like American Safety Council.
  • Make yourself available to answer questions from your experience as your teen completes their DATA course and the Florida drug and alcohol test.
  • Set a good example. Your teen will model your behavior surrounding drugs and alcohol.

Sign Up for Our DATA Course Today

The DATA course is a pivotal part of the driver’s education process for Florida teens. Because this course discusses a wide range of topics that relate to drugs, alcohol and becoming a new driver, it will provide all of the information teen drivers need to succeed behind the wheel.

When you choose to take the DATA course with American Safety Council, you are making a choice that will set you up for a lifetime of safe and conscientious driving behavior. If you are ready to begin, do not hesitate to register for the DATA course online today.


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