Florida Permit Study Guide

Taking the DHSMV permit test in Florida does not have to be scary.  Using this study guide and taking the permit practice test will help to ease the process.

The best place to look for information about the Florida permit test is the Florida Driver’s Handbook. All of the questions on the written test come directly from the Handbook.

The permit test is divided into two sections, the Road Rules test and Road Signs test.  Each is a 20 question multiple choice test.  You must answer at least 15 questions correctly on each test in order to pass. 

Since half of the permit test deals with road signs, it is a good idea to spend extra time studying the road signs from Section 7 Signs and Pavement Markings in the Handbook.  In addition to studying the signs themselves, you should also know what the various shapes and colors mean.  For example orange signs indicate construction, while a triangle shaped sign is always a yield sign.

The Road Rules test may cover information from the entire handbook.  However, certain sections are more heavily emphasized on the test than others.

  • Section 1 is administrative information not likely to be on the test.
  • Sections 2 and 3 deal with licensure and are also unlikely to be covered.  However pay special attention to any topics that relate to teens or the learner permit process such as page 15.
  • Section 4 addresses important topics such as violations, the point system and driving while impaired.  You can expect to have several questions about this.
  • Sections 5 – 7 are concerned with practical driving information and situations that you need to understand to be a safe driver.  This is where most of the permit test questions will be drawn from.

However be aware that questions on the permit test may come from any part of the Driver’s Handbook.

The permit test is quite similar to the tests that are given to adult drivers, but also includes questions about permit restrictions and requirements for new drivers.  Therefore you should pay special attention to any entry in the Handbook that relates directly to teen drivers.

Finally at the end of each section of the Handbook is a list of questions entitled Test Your Knowledge.  Use these questions after reading each section to test your understanding.  Or take a Florida permit practice test to help you get a feel of the format of the test questions.