Take Driver's Ed Online for Free

New Information Attention Drivers

Florida Virtual School (FLVS) and the Florida Safety Council have teamed up to take Driver's Education to the next level! As a franchise of FLVS, Polk Virtual School also offers Drivers Education to Polk County students. Now, Polk County students can enroll in both the online Driver's Ed course and behind-the-wheel training for FREE! Students can complete the course in 6-8 weeks or can talk with their FLVS instructor about an accelerated 3-week pace plan.

Learning Permit

Step 1: take online drivers ed course
  • Create an account and sign in at Florida Virtual
  • The minimum age requirement 15 years old to register for Driver Education class. It’s a semester long course - 18 weeks, but the accelerated class can be completed in as little as 3 weeks. You will receive a grade and 0.5 elective credit (A passing grade will satisfy the online graduation requirement).
  • You will also earn the Traffic Law and Substance Abuse Education (TLSAE) waiver (also known as DATA, DATE, or Drug and Alcohol Course), which is required to get your permit.
  • Study for your Learner’s Permit (General Knowledge Exam) by reviewing the Florida Driver Handbook, and make sure you’re prepared by taking a Practice General Knowledge Exam.
  • Drivers have the opportunity to take the permit exam online at Driversed.com completely free of charge.
  • Pass the online Learners Permit Exam (General Knowledge Exam). You must be under 18.
  • Once you have taken and passed the Learners Permit Exam, (General Knowledge Exam) print out your TLSAE course receipt to complete your online process.
  • Drivers must have completed Step 2, gather their identification documents needed, and gather the Fees required.
  • You are now ready to make an appointment at Polktaxes.com
  • Appointments are required for all Driver License issuing services so book ahead.

Note: Should you need to cancel or reschedule your appointment, this can be done online at Polktaxes.com

  • Complete 6 hours of Behind the Wheel (BTW) training at no additional cost with a certified driving instructor from Florida Safety Council. The Florida Safety Council will contact students after the completion of the online Driver Education Course. If you have not been contacted for your BTW training session, you may contact Florida Safety Council. (Must hold a Florida Learners Permit to be eligible for training.)
  • Find out more about the Behind the Wheel lessons.
  • Training is provided by the Polk County Sheriff's Office at no additional cost.
    • Student must be at least 15 and not older than 20.
    • Students must provide their own vehicle for the 2 day instruction.
    • Students must hold a Florida Learners Permit or Driver's License.
  • Check the Polk County Sheriff's Office website for available course dates.

The following restrictions applies to learner’s license holders:

  • Practice driving with an accompanying licensed driver.
  • Accompanying driver must hold a valid driver license.
  • Accompanying driver must be at least 21 years of age.
  • Accompanying driver must occupy the closest seat to the right of the driver.
  • May operate a vehicle only during daylight hours.
  • After three months the holder of the learner's license may operate a vehicle until 10:00 p.m.
  • Drivers with a Learner's license are not allowed to operate motorcycles, mopeds, or go-peds.

Driver License (Intermediate Class E License)

Step 1: take online drivers ed course
Step 2: Pass drug/alcohol and road rules tests
Step 6: Complete the licesing process at Tax Collectors office
Once you pass your road test, you are ready to complete your license application.

For more information, visit On My Way Polk, OMWPolk.com

Step 6: Complete the licesing process at Tax Collectors office

Full Privilege License

Once you obtain a Class E Intermediate Driver License, your driving privileges are based on your age.

16 years old Driving is allowed between 6 a.m. and 11 p.m. without a licensed adult (all other times must be accompanied by a licensed driver at least 21 years old occupying the closest seat to the right of the driver, or be traveling to or from work).

17 years old Driving allowed between 5 a.m. and 1 a.m. without a licensed adult(all other times must be accompanied by a licensed driver at least 21 years old occupying the closest seat to the right of the driver, or be traveling to or from work).

18 years old Driving is allowed at all hours.

When a teen turns 18 and has passed the Class E Intermediate License requirements, restrictions are removed from their license. They then have full license privileges.

To review the graduated licensing program for teen drivers provided on the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, website, including age related restrictions and privileges, CLICK HERE.

 

For more information on obtaining a learning permit or driver license, visit OMW Polk.