If you’re planning to get your license for the first time, there is some valuable information you should know. Florida has established a Graduated Driver Licensing program (GDL) where teen drivers have to meet various milestones before they are issued their full driver’s license.

Stages of the GDL program

  • Learner’s permit
  • Provisional license/Intermediate license
  • Driver’s license

NOTE: If you are under 18 years old, you are not yet eligible for a full-privilege driver's license.

  • If you are 15 years old, please review Learner's Permit information.
  • If you are 16 or 17 years old, please review Provisional License/Intermediate License information.
  • If you are 18 or older, and have followed the stages of the GDL program, this information applies to you!

Intermediate license vs. Florida Driver's License

Provisional/Intermediate licenses are different from a full-fledged driver’s license in that the driving time restrictions are taken off, and you are fully permitted to drive passengers. Getting your license is a notable achievement. By following the steps throughout the GDL program, you have given yourself the time and experience you need to become a safe driver.

“Under 21” vs. “Over 21” Licenses

Driver’s licenses for individuals under the age of 21 are slightly different than for individuals aged 21 or higher. The “Under 21” license is oriented vertically, making them easily identifiable. It also indicates the driver’s 21st birthday in the photo image area. “Over 21” licenses are horizontally oriented.

Restrictions & Endorsements

There are various restrictions and endorsements that you could receive on your license, with the most common restriction being corrective lenses. If your license indicates “A - Corrective Lenses”, you cannot legally drive unless you’re wearing glasses or contacts which allow you to meet the 20/40 vision requirement for both eyes. Click here to learn more about restrictions and endorsements.