Take Driver's Ed Online for Free

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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
  • Minimum age requirement of 14.5 years of age
  • Create an account or sign in at Florida Virtual
  • Register for Driver Education class
  • Semester long course - 18 weeks or accelerated to be completed in as little as 3 weeks
  • Awarded a grade and 0.5 elective credit (Satisfying the online graduation requirement)
  • Receive the Traffic Law and Substance Abuse Education Training (TLSAE) waiver (also known as DATA, DATE, or Drug and Alcohol Course) required to get permit
  • Opportunity to take the permit exam online with Driversed.com completely free of charge
  • Study for your General Knowledge Exam by reviewing the Florida Driver Handbook
  • Make sure you’re prepared by taking a Practice General Knowledge Exam
  • Take the online Learners Permit Exam ( If you are 18 or over you must take this test at the Tax Collector's Office in person.)
  • Strongly Recommended
  • 6 hours of Behind the Wheel (BTW) training with a certified driving instructor from Florida Safety Council free of charge
  • Must hold a Florida Learners Permit to be eligible for training
  • Florida Safety Council will contact students after completion of the Driver Education Course
  • If you have not been contacted for your BTW training session, you may contact Florida Safety Council
  • Find out more about the Behind the Wheel lessons
  • Strongly Recommended
  • Course is held by the Polk County Sheriff's Office
  • Student must be at least 15 and not older than 20
  • Must hold a Florida Learners Permit or Driver's License
  • Students must provide their own vehicle
  • 2 day training
  • Check the Polk County Sheriff's Office website for available course dates.

Driver License (Intermediate Class E License)

Step 1: take online drivers ed course
  • Road Tests are administered by appointment only. Click on a link below for appointment options.
  • Prepare for the road test
  • Make an appointment for the road test at the Tax Collector's Office
      • 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.
Step 2: Pass drug/alcohol and road rules tests

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