Types Of Driver’s License In Florida

There are many kinds of driver’s licenses all over the USA. Each state has its local Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV), where driver’s licenses are issued. There are certain restrictions and provisions regarding how driver’s licenses are issued. It depends on the type of vehicle, the age of the driver, and various situations. In the State of Florida, there are six common types of driver’s licenses, and each of them will be tackled in this article.

Class E 

It is a typical license for people who drive non-commercial vehicles. This license allows a driver to operate a vehicle with a Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) of less than 26,001 pounds or 11.79 tons. It includes a car, a truck, an RV, mopeds (2-3 door motor vehicles), scooters, or a passenger van with a capacity of 15 people. 

Class A 

This license is for commercial vehicle drivers of semi-trucks and buses. It allows a driver to operate a truck with a GVWR of 11.79 tons. For example, if your truck needs to tow or pull a trailer or vehicle that’s more than 4.5 tons (10,000 pounds), and your combined weight is no more than 11.79 tons, this license is for you.

Class B 

This license allows you to operate vehicles with a GVWR of 11.79 tons or more.

Class C

This license allows you to operate vehicles that transport hazardous materials, transport more than 15 people, and allow you to operate trucks with a GVWR of fewer than 11.79 tons.

Motorcycle Only

This license allows you to operate motorcycles with an engine size of more than 50cc. 

Class E Leaner’s License

It is a learner’s permit that allows 15 years old to drive motorized vehicles under the supervision of a fully licensed driver that’s 21 years older. There are certain restrictions regarding this permit, like time of driving for the first three months, and afterward. The student driver needs to pass an examination to get the permit. Enrolling at the Orlando Driving School would be very advantageous if you want to learn how to drive like a professional.

The validity of a driver’s license in the State of Florida is good for eight (8) years. If you also know how to ride a motorcycle, and you already have a Class E license, you can also get a Motorcycle Endorsement. They will add it to your existing license once you have accomplished certain requirements. Always remember to drive safely and follow road rules.