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Florida Drivers License Restrictions

Florida Drivers License Restrictions

In order to keep you safe, the DMV in Florida may limit your driving privileges by placing a number of restrictions on your Florida drivers license. Some of these restrictions are just temporary while others may stay on your driving record for your whole driving career. Those who receive a drivers license before the age of 18 should be aware of all Florida provisional license restrictions that apply to their drivers license until they turn 18. You may access a list of driver's license restriction codes in the drivers license handbook, however if you want to find out how to remove a specific Florida drivers license restriction from your current license, you will need to contact the DMV directly.

Restriction Codes

Keep in mind that this list of Florida driver license restriction codes is not full. If you do not find some restriction code on here, don't worry, you can always contact the Florida Department of highway Safety and Motor Vehicles directly and they will help you decipher the code.

  • A Corrective Lenses means a person must wear corrective lenses at all times when operating a vehicle.
  • B Outside Rearview Mirror (Left Side) means the vehicle the person is driving must have a left outside rearview mirror on the car.
  • C Business Purposes Only means a driving privilege that is limited to any driving necessary to maintain livelihood, including driving to and from work, necessary on-the-job driving, driving for educational purposes, and driving for church and for medical purposes.
  • D Employment Purposes Only means a driving privilege that is limited to driving to and from work and any necessary on-the-job driving required by an employer or occupation.
  • E Daylight Driving Only means the person can only drive during daylight hours.
  • F Automatic Transmission means the person can only drive a vehicle that has automatic transmission.
  • G Power Steering means the person must drive a vehicle with power steering.
  • I Directional Signals means a person must drive a vehicle equipped with mechanical signals.
  • J Grip On Steering Wheel means the vehicle must be equipped with a knob or grip on the steering wheel.
  • K Hearing Aid means the person must wear a hearing aid at all times while driving a CDL vehicle.
  • L Seat Cushion means the person must use a seat cushion at all times while driving.
  • M Hand Controls Or Pedal Extension means the vehicle must be equipped with hand controls or a pedal extension.
  • N Left Foot Accelerator means the vehicle must be equipped with a left foot accelerator.
  • P Probation-Interlock Device means the vehicle must be equipped with a device that locks the ignition at times specified by the court imposing the restriction.
  • S Other Restrictions means there are other restrictions imposed on this license.
  • T No Passengers On Motorcycle means the person cannot have a passenger when driving a motorcycle.
  • X Medical Alert Bracelet means the person wears a medical alert bracelet.
  • Y Educational Purposes Only means the person can drive only for educational purposes.

These restrictions may be placed onto your license at any time, however in most cases it happens at the time of your application for a Florida drivers license. If a restriction is placed onto your license, a DMV representative will explain what it means and whether it can be removed in the future.

Florida Provisional License Restrictions

According to the current Florida graduated driver license program, teenagers who successfully complete a drivers test are issued with a provisional license instead of a full unrestricted license. These provisional license restrictions are part of program that was designed to address the issue of high crash rates among teen drivers by discouraging certain types of behavior while driving.

Drivers under the age of 18 who have successfully completed a Florida drivers license test must observe the following Florida provisional license restrictions:

  • 16 years old - only drive between 6 a.m. and 11 p.m., unless accompanied by a licensed driver who is at least 21 years old and occupies the front passenger seat, or you are traveling to or from work.
  • 17 years old - only drive between 5 a.m. and 1 a.m., unless accompanied by a licensed driver who is at least 21 years old and occupies the front passenger seat, or you are traveling to or from work.

Provisional license restrictions are lifted once the driver reaches the age of 18. There are no additional requirements to be met at the time and you do not need to exchange your drivers license at that point, your provisional drivers license automatically becomes a full license on your 18th birthday.

Florida Permit Restrictions

Please note that prior to applying for a drivers license, you must receive a Florida drivers permit and hold it for at least 12 months. Once you pass your Florida permit test and receive a drivers permit, you can start driving, provided you observe the following Florida permit restrictions:

  • No driving alone. You must have a supervising driver at least 21 years of age accompany you at all times.
  • Curfew. For the first 3 months after receiving the permit, you can only drive during the daylight hours. No nighttime driving is allowed. After the first 3 months you can drive between hours of 6 a.m. and 10 p.m.
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