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Licensing Requirements

What Type of License Do You Need and What are the Exam Requirements for Each?

Non-Commercial Driver Licenses


Class E: 

Any non-commercial motor vehicles with Gross Vehicle Weight Rating less than 26,001 pounds, including passenger cars, 15-passenger vans including the driver, trucks or recreational vehicles and two or three-wheel motor vehicles 50 cc or less, such as mopeds or small scooters (see below). Farmers and drivers of authorized emergency vehicles who are exempt from obtaining a commercial driver license must obtain a Class E driver license.

Class E Exam Requirements – Minimum Age 16

  • Traffic Law and Substance Abuse Education Course (Drug & Alcohol Course, TLSAE, DATA, START)
  • Knowledge Test (Theory Test, Road Rules, Road Signs, Permit Test)
  • Skills Test (Driving Exam)
  • Vision Test
  • Hearing Test

Note: A new resident exchanging a valid out-of-state driver license for a Florida driver license will be required to pass the vision and hearing tests only. If you are under 18 and are not married, your license application must be signed by a parent or legal guardian. Step-parents may not sign for you unless they have legally adopted you.

Note: Teens applying for a Class E driver license will be required to:

  • hold learner’s license for 12 months;
  • not incur any traffic convictions; 
  • and be certified by a parent or guardian to have at least 50 hours of behind-the-wheel training, with at least 10 driving hours conducted at night.

Teens issued a traffic citation can elect to attend a traffic driving school to avoid a conviction.


Learner’s License (Permit):

Any of the vehicles listed under Class E being driven by a person 15 years of age, or persons learning to drive.

Class E Learner’s License Exam – Minimum Age 15

  • Traffic Law and Substance Abuse Education Course (Drug & Alcohol Course, TLSAE, DATA, START)
  • Knowledge Test (Theory Test, Road Rules, Road Signs, Permit Test)
  • Vision exam
  • Hearing exam

If you are under 18 and are not married, your license application must be signed by a parent or legal guardian. Step-parents may not sign for you unless they have legally adopted you.


Motorcycle Endorsement:

All first-time customers who wish to add a motorcycle endorsement to a driver license must complete a department-approved Motorcycle Safety Education Course.

Motorcycle Endorsement Requirements – Minimum age 16


Moped: 

For individuals with a Class E driver license or higher, a motorcycle endorsement is not required. Note: Passengers under 16 years of age must wear approved protective headgear. A Moped tag is required. Personal Injury Protection insurance is not required.


Scooters 50 cc or less: 

Scooter being driven must be street legal (i.e. require proper operating equipment, such as brake lights, headlight, mirror per S. 316 F.S., and tag, title and registration) and must be operated by an individual with a Class E driver license or higher.