Each year, 70,000 teenagers apply for what Florida calls a learner license.
You must be at least 15 to get a learner license, and you must hold it for a year before you can apply for a standard Florida driver’s license.
To get your learner license, you must first pass a written exam of 40 multiple-choice questions. 20 of them covering road rules, and 20 covering road signs.
Last year, Florida officials halted a six-year online testing pilot program. This program would let you take your learner-permit driving exam online. But it turned out that 40 percent of those who passed the exam online failed in person at the DMV.
Now the online tests are back. Gov. Rick Scott signed it into law, and it went into effect Friday.
Easy to Cheat?
Some are not happy with this change. This is a move “no parent in their right mind” would approve, says Rep. Irv Slosberg of Boca Raton, an advocate for road safety ever since his teenage daughter died in a crash.
And of course, it is real easy to cheat. Nothing is stopping you from opening another window to find the answer.
Michele Harris, who specializes in driver education for AAA Auto Club South in Tampa, does not agree. “Everybody’s been to the DMV office, and we’ve all heard stories about how long the lines are,” Harris says. “This is a good way to alleviate some of that pressure.”