Driving Skills Test

To take the driving skills test, customers must be at least 16-years-old and have held their Learner’s License for at least one year or until their 18th birthday. Review the items below to prepare for the driving skills test. 

Before You Visit Our Office

  • Schedule an appointment. If you cannot honor your appointment, please follow the links in your appointment confirmation and reminders to cancel or reschedule.
  • Familiarize yourself with the vehicle you plan to operate for the test. Be sure that it meets the minimum vehicle requirements (see below).

When You Visit Our Office

  • Bring a vehicle with valid registration for the Driving Skills Test.
  • Provide proof of current Florida Personal Injury Property (PIP) and Property Damage Liability (PDL) insurance.
  • If under 18, bring the completed Certification of Driving Experience of a Minor.
  • Check in at the reception counter 15 minutes before your appointment time. 

Vehicle Requirements

The vehicle used for the driving skills test must have a valid registration, proof of insurance, and pass a basic vehicle inspection (conducted by the driver license examiner to determine that it is safe for a driving test).

The Driving Skills Test will not be given if the examiner finds:

  • Defective or inoperable horn, rear-view mirror, side-view mirrors, seat belts, directional signals, steering wheel, brakes, tires, brake lights, or tail lights.
  • No windshield wipers on the driver’s side.
  • No operable headlights.
  • Cracked or broken glass that hinders visibility.
  • Expired tag.
  • The vehicle does not have doors.
  • Front doors do not open from the inside and outside.
  • Vehicle does not have stationary seats.
  • Vehicle does not permit driver to give hand signals when required.
  • Jeep-type vehicles without framed canvas or metal doors held by hinges and door latch.
  • Does not meet bumper height requirements.
  • A low-speed vehicle, which are vehicles with top speeds of 20 to 25 miles per hour.

 Driving Skills Test Maneuvers

During the Driving Skills Test, customers must be able to adequately perform the following maneuvers:

  • Three Point Turn - Turn car around in a 20–40 foot space.
  • Approach of Crossing - Get in the proper lane and look in each direction.
  • Yield Right-of-Way - Allow pedestrians to cross, pull over and stop for emergency vehicles, and don’t enter an intersection where you will interfere with other traffic.
  • Straight-In Parking - When properly parked, the vehicle should be centered inside the space with no part of the vehicle extending out in the traffic lane.
  • Parking on a Grade - Proper parking for uphill and downhill, with and without a curb.
  • Quick Stop - Make a quick, safe stop when the examiner/agent instructs you.
  • Backing - Back a distance of 50 feet at a slow speed while looking to the rear. Do not use the rear-view mirror or rear-view camera monitor.
  • Obey Stop Signs. Approach in the proper lane, come to a complete stop before reaching the stop line or crosswalk, and remain stopped until you can move safely.
  • Obey Traffic Signals - Get into the proper lane and approach the light at a speed that will allow you to stop if the light should change. When the light turns green, do not move forward until traffic has cleared the intersection.
  • Signal and Turn - Get into the proper lane and signal your turn for the last 100 feet. You may use either hand signals or mechanical signals.
  • Passing - Always look ahead and behind to make sure you can pass safely.
  • Stay in Proper Lane - Drive in the right lane except on a one-way street. Do not change lanes until you may do so safely.
  • Follow at a Safe Distance - Do not follow too closely behind other cars. Keep a minimum following distance of four seconds.
  • Use Proper Posture - Keep both hands on the steering wheel and do not rest your elbow in the window.


Useful Links:

Driver Handbooks & Manuals

Parental Consent Form (HSMV 71142)

Certification of Driving Experience of a Minor

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