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First Time Drivers – What to expect when getting your Florida Driver License

by User Not Found | Mar 21, 2018

Most of us think the process of getting your learner permit can seem like a pain, and admittedly, there are quite a few hoops you have to jump through before you can get behind the wheel. As with so many things in life, there’s a hard way and an easy way to go about getting it done. Don’t worry, the Lee County Tax Collector has streamlined this process with these four simple steps:

  1. )Complete the Traffic Law and Substance Abuse Education Course (TLSAE) – The state of Florida requires new drivers to complete a first-time driver education course. Believe it or not, this is actually one of the most important driving courses that you’ll ever take. It covers how alcohol and other drugs affect your ability to drive as well as the laws and responsibilities that go along with that. You’ll also learn safe driving techniques and how to increase your awareness on the road in all types of conditions and circumstances.
  2. )Take the Class E Knowledge Exam and Practice Test – Once the TLSAE has been completed, you must then pass the Class E General Knowledge exam. This test can be taken at any of our six office locations from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The general knowledge exam contains 50 multiple choice questions and most of these questions are situational and pertain to Florida traffic laws. We recommend studying the Florida Drivers Handbook and completing a practice test online before taking the general knowledge exam.
  3. )Receive Learner Permit – If you are over the age of 18, you are not required to obtain a learner permit. When you feel prepared, you can make an appointment for the driving skills test by calling us at (239) 533-6000 or by visiting Once you have completed the driving test, you will be issued your Class E Driver License. For those individuals over the age of 18 that would like to complete all exams and receive their Class E License in the same day should make an appointment for the driving test ahead of time. Minors who have completed the TLSAE and General Knowledge exam online or at one of our locations, must be given consent from a parent or legal guardian during the issuance of the learner permit. If a parent or guardian are not present, the parental consent form must be completed.
  4. )Upgrade Learner Permit to Class E Driver License – If you are under the age of 18, you are required to have your learner permit for at least one exact year from the date it was issued or on your 18th birthday. Once the necessary time has passed, you must complete a driving skills test to upgrade your learner permit to a driver license. Driving skills tests are done by appointment at our North and South Fort Myers offices only. Please remember that a responsible adult, 21 years or older must be present when upgrading your learner permit to a driver license.


So, why wait? Start this process today and get one step closer to experiencing the freedom, convenience and self-sufficiency that comes with driving yourself wherever you want to go. Click here for more first-time driver information!