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First-Time Learner License

Customers will be charged a $6.25 Tax Collector service fee for information and processing, and additional transaction fees may apply. Visit taxcollector.com to schedule your appointment. Services are for Manatee County residents and businesses only.
You must be at least 15 years old or older and must meet the following requirements to be eligible to apply for a Learner License.
Step 1. Take and Pass Required Testing
You must take and pass the following exams.  We recommend that you study the handbook prior to taking any exams.
Step 2. Proof of Citizenship or Legal Presence (Identity) – Bring One
Bring one of the following documents for proof of your citizenship or legal presence (identity) unless you have previously been issued a Real ID compliant Florida issued ID card:
Step 3. Proof of Name Change (if applicable) – Bring ALL
If your current name is different than the name as listed on your proof of citizenship/legal presence, bring all that apply for proof of your legal name change (if applicable): Note: You must report any name change to Social Security at least 48 hours before visiting our office so that your name verifies in the State driver license system and the Social Security Administration’s database.
Step 4. Proof of Social Security Number – Bring One
Sections 322.051 and 322.08, Florida Statutes, require customers to present proof of social security number (SSN). Proof must list full name and full SSN. Bring one of the following documents for proof of your SSN: 
Step 5. Proof of Residential Address – Bring Two
Bring two documents for proof of your residential address – it cannot be a PO Box. The documents must show your name and your complete residential address.
Step 6. Visit Our Office to Obtain Your Learner License

Schedule an appointment online at taxcollector.comWe only serve Manatee County residents
          Exceptions for parental consent:
Learner License Driving Restrictions and Information
These requirements apply to all Learner License holders, regardless of age.
*If 18 years of age or older, you have the option of completing the Learner License requirements and upgrading it to a Class E License without first being issued a Learner License.  If you opt to do so, it must be completed in two steps. You would first be required to pass all written exams after which you would be able to schedule an appointment on taxcollector.com to take the Driving Skills Road Test.
Parental Consent Information
Acceptable Methods of Payment and Estimated Fees
We accept cash, check, debit cards, and credit cards. A $2.50 processing fee for debit cards and a 2.5% processing fee (minimum of $2.50) for credit cards will apply. Our office does not retain any portion of this fee.
Estimate of fees for your original Florida Learner License:
Service Fee                        $6.25           
Learner License                 $48.00
Written Exam Re-Take       $10.00 (each)
Not a Manatee County Resident? Our offices are open by appointment only for Manatee County residents/businesses only.  All out-of-county residents must visit their home county for information and processing.  To find a location visit flhsmv.gov/locations.

First-Time Learner License – Last Update: 02/24/2022