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Florida DMV Drug and Alcohol Test and Course

Why Take a Florida DATA Course?

Getting a driver’s license is like getting a taste of freedom, but before people in the state of Florida can obtain their driver’s licenses, they must take a Traffic Law and Substance Abuse (TLSAE) course, as well as the Florida DMV drug and alcohol test, which is essentially the permit test. This is especially important for teens since substance abuse combined with motor vehicle use can be a major problem for young drivers.

In 2016, a study showed that 16.4% of teens will ride with a drinking driver, and 5.4% of teens will drive after drinking. Another issue is teens getting behind the wheel while under the influence of drugs. Over 10% of teens will drive after using marijuana and 16.4% of teens will ride with a marijuana-using driver. In order to prevent these dangerous habits from continuing, the Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV) requires any first-time drivers to complete a Traffic Law and Substance Abuse (TLSAE) course, before obtaining their driver learner’s permit, restricted permit or unrestricted operators license.

No longer do you have to go to an in-person traffic school, though. American Safety Council® offers a 4-Hour Florida Drug and Alcohol course that is easy-to-use and 100% online at To learn more about the Florida DHSMV-approved course and what steps must be taken to obtain your Florida license, keep reading.

The Florida Drug and Alcohol Test Defined

The Florida DHSMV wants to ensure that all drivers are educated on drugs, alcohol and traffic awareness (DATA) before getting their licenses and getting on the road. That is why they require all first-time drivers—or those who have never had a license before—to complete a Traffic Law and Substance Abuse Education (TLSAE) course. The TLSAE course is also called the DATA course, drug and alcohol course, first-time driver’s course, permit course or simply, driver’s ed. You must complete this course before applying for your Florida learner’s permit.

Additionally, the Florida DHSMV requires any Florida drivers under the age of 21 who have received a notice of suspension for driving with a blood alcohol content of .02 to .05 to complete a TLSAE course to reinstate their driver’s licenses.

Florida DMV Drug and Alcohol Test

Just as the TLSAE course is referred to by many names, the DMV drug and alcohol test is often referred to as the permit test as well. It can be taken in person or online. The test is to be taken after you have completed the course so if you want an affordable, easy-to-access, flexible online course (and exam), you can visit and sign up for the DATA course and permit exam.

Our Online Course

As an industry leader in driver education, American Safety Council provides a state-approved online drug and alcohol course and exam through that is accessible, quick and easy to understand. Whether you wish to take just the course or the course with the permit exam, we guarantee the following:

100% Online

All material, including the exam, is accessible online.


You can choose which option is best for you at


You can login and logout of the course whenever you want, so you can complete the course at your own pace.


You can access the material from any device, allowing you to complete the course from the comfort of your home, work, school or elsewhere.

24/7 Customer Support

Experts are available at all times to assist with your questions or help you through any technical difficulties.


This course is approved by the Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles and the Florida Driver’s Association.

Automatic Reporting

As soon as you complete the course, American Safety Council will report your course completion to the DMV.

Information Included in the 4-Hour Florida Drug and Alcohol Course

The drug and alcohol course covers a variety of topics that are meant to increase the driver’s knowledge, awareness and safe driving. The course teaches the following information:

Topics You'll Learn in the DATA Course:

  • The impact of drugs and alcohol on driving abilities and behaviors
  • The Florida driving laws
  • Responsibilities associated with being a driver
  • Basic car maintenance and repairs
  • Safe driving techniques
  • Merging and changing lanes
  • How to increase your awareness while driving
  • Night driving techniques

This course is meant to educate the first-time driver on driving techniques and provide an easy way to ensure that they understand the information and pass the exam. also offers practice and prep, which can be purchased in addition to the online course.

Register for Our Online Course

If you wish to take your course online, you can sign up for the drug and alcohol course or the DATA course and permit exam. You can also sign up for the DATA course, online permit exam and exam prep. These are all affordable and easy to register for.

If you take the permit exam online, you can skip the in-person written test. Simply register, use the secure sign up instructions, enter your information, pay the fee, and you can start the course as soon as you want.

Obtain the Florida Driver’s Handbook

You can access the handbook through the Florida DHSMV website, either by downloading or requesting a copy through the mail. It is available in Spanish and Creole, in addition to English. All Florida drivers should have the handbook. It includes information that will be included on the state’s exams, as well as information on safety techniques, driver privileges, rules for sharing the road with other drivers, motorcyclists and pedestrians, Florida license types and so forth.

Obtaining Your Florida Learner Permit and Driver’s License

Once you have completed your online course and DMV drug and alcohol test, you can go through the process of obtaining your Florida learner’s license. In order to earn it, you must fulfill the following requirements through the Florida DHSMV:

  • Visit your local Florida DMV office
  • Be at least 15 years old
  • If under 18, provide a signed Parental Consent Form
  • Provide proof of identity, social security number and Florida residency documents. Note: all documents must match
  • Pass the written traffic laws and signs test which can be taken online or in person. If you are over the age of 18, it must be taken in person
  • Pass a vision and hearing test
  • Pay the licensing fee
  • Provide proof that you have completed the Traffic Law and Substance Abuse Education (TLSAE) course and exam

Requirements for obtaining a Florida driver's license:

  • Be at least 16 years old
  • Provide proof of identity, social security number, and Florida residency documents
  • Pass driving test
  • Must have held a learner’s license for at least one year, or turn 18, whichever comes first
  • A parent, legal guardian or responsible adult over the age or 21 must complete Certification of Minor Driving Experience Form, certifying that the driver has completed 50 hours of practice driving—and 10 of those hours must be done at night
  • Pass the driving skills test
  • Must not have a moving violation conviction for one year after the learner’s license is issued

Frequently Asked Questions

How is the DMV knowledge test structured?

The knowledge test consists of 50 multiple choice questions about traffic laws and traffic signs. The passing score is 80 percent or 40 out of 50 questions.

Are there restrictions on the learner’s license?

Yes. If a driver has a Florida learner’s permit, then you can only drive:

  • During daylight hoursfor the first three months
  • Until 10:00 pmafter the first three months
    • Accident-free and infraction-free or the curfew privileges will be rescinded
  • With a licensed driver who is over the age of 21 and who must sit in the front passenger seat

Why take the course and permit exam online versus in person?

Although you are learning the same material online as you would in a classroom, you have many advantages online that you don’t get in person. You can access the material 24 hours per day, seven days per week. You have 24/7 customer service available to help with any of your questions and you have additional resources so not only can you take your time learning the material, but you can review it again and again with all of your progress being saved when you log out.

Do you have to take the driving test before you get your learner’s license?

No, you do not. The driving test is to be taken when you are ready to apply for your Florida driver’s licenseand is to be taken after you have completed all of the state’s requirements.