2000 Florida Driver Handbook
1: Your License
- Florida Classified Driver
- Licensing Information
- Identifying Yourself
- Examination Information
- License Renewal
- Identification Card
- Organ Donor/Voluntary Contributions
2: Your Driving Privilege
- Revocations, Suspensions and
- The Point System
- Driving While Impaired
- Insurance Laws
- Crashes - What Are Your Responsibilities?
3: Your Driving
- Defensive Driving
- Safety Belts
- Protecting Children
- Speed Limits
- Making Turns
- Expressway Driving
- Animals & Horses
- Handling Emergencies
- Sharing the Road with a Bicycle
- Sharing the Road with a Truck
- The "No Zone"
5: Your Vehicle
- Equipment Standards
- Anti-lock Braking
- Study Questions
4: Signals, Signs, and Pavement Markings
- Traffic Signals
- Traffic Signs
- Railroad Crossing Signs and
- Special Signs
- Pavement Marking
6: Class D License?
- Who Needs a Class D license?
- Following Distance
- Stopping Distance
- Lights, Side Marker Lamps,Reflectors
- Limitations on Towing
- Limitations on Loading
- Directional Signal Requirements
- Warning Devices
- Maximum Weight
- Maximum Width, Height and Length
- Study Questions
- First Aid Information
The Florida Driver's Handbook
covers many condensed and paraphrased points of the Florida
state laws and provides safety advise not covered in the
laws. The handbook is not a legal authority to cite and should
not be used in a court of law.
The Florida Driver's Handbook
is printed in volume and copies already purchased will not
reflect any changes made by the Legislature regarding fees
or laws passed after the revision date.
The Department of Highway Safety
and Motor Vehicles consists of the following divisions:
THE DIVISION OF DRIVER LICENSES administers
examinations to qualify persons to drive on Florida's highways.
Its primary mission is to promote and maintain the highest possible
driving standards on the streets and highways of the State of
Florida and to remove unsafe drivers from the highways.
THE DIVISION OF FLORIDA HIGHWAY PATROL enforces
all state laws pertaining to motor vehicles, patrols
the state highway system to help ensure the safety of
all drivers and implements the state traffic safety programs.
Each trooper is always ready and willing to render assistance
to the motoring public.
THE DIVISION OF MOTOR VEHICLES regulates the sale
and distribution of all motor vehicles and vessels in
Florida. The division administers the sale of license
plates through county tax collectors and authorized tag
agents for every automobile, vessel, trailer, truck,
mobile home, camper and motorcycle that operates on the
public roads. In addition, it keeps records on every
motor vehicle that is titled or registered in Florida
and enforces mobile home construction standards.
THE INFORMATION SYSTEMS ADMINISTRATION manages
data processing for the agencies operating divisions.
THE DIVISION OF ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES manages
the functions of payroll, personnel, purchasing, data
processing, accounting and fiscal operations and maintenance
and repair of equipment for agencies operating divisions
DRIVING IS A PRIVILEGE AND NOT
A RIGHT. PROTECT YOURSELF AND OTHERS BY KNOWING THE LAWS
AND DRIVING SAFELY.
Florida law and sound records management practices require the collection
of certain personal information in the driver licensing process.
This personal information identifies an individual and is used for
records management, driver improvement, financial responsibility,
and law enforcement purposes.
Failure to provide the required
information will result in denial of a license or identification
card. Falsification of information may result in prosecution.
Florida law specifies that all documents or other material
made or received in connection with the transaction of official
business by any agency are public records. In addition to
all documents, information taken from them is subject to
public disclosure under the State's public records act. This
information, except for medical data, which is confidential
by law, is regularly given to law enforcement agencies, insurance
companies, credit bureaus, lending institutions, and any
other person who desires to obtain a copy and who pays the
The Division of Driver Licenses
strives to ensure the accuracy of information obtained in
the licensing process and makes every effort to correct any
incorrect information in its files. Incorrect information
may be corrected by supplying the Department with your name
in full, date of birth, driver license number and information
on the nature of the error as well as proof that it is an
error to the Chief, Bureau of Driver License Records, Neil
Kirkman Building, Tallahassee, Florida 32399-0575, or telephone
(850) 922-0927. Certain information, such as conviction reports
received from a court, can only be corrected upon notification
from the court that the report was in error.
Automobile Insurance information
is exempt from the Public Records Law. This information will
be provided to any party involved in a crash when a written
request with a copy of the crash report is received. This
information will also be provided to law enforcement agencies,
officers of the court and representatives such as insurers
and attorneys of parties involved in the crash, upon receiving
a written request.
Under Section 322.212 (5), Florida
Statutes, it is a FELONY of the third degree "to use a false
or fictitious name in any application for a driver's license
or identification card, or knowingly to make a false statement,
knowingly conceal a material fact, or otherwise commit a
fraud in any such application."
Violators face immediate arrest
and, upon conviction, penalties up to a maximum fine of $5,000.00
and imprisonment up to 5 years.
The Department will suspend for
one year the driving privilege of any person who made a fraudulent
application for a Florida driver license.
Under Section 322.36, Florida
Statutes, it is unlawful for any person to authorize or knowingly
permit a motor vehicle or moped to be operated by any person
who does not hold a valid driver license.
business district: An area
where 50% or more of the land next to the road is used for
bicycle: Every vehicle propelled solely by
cancellation: The act of declaring a driver's
license void and terminated.
certified copy: A copy which has been marked
in some official way to show that it is a true copy
of the original document. To get a certified copy
of a document, you must contact the agency that issued
the original document.
child restraints: Infant carriers or removable
car seats specially designed to keep babies and young
children from being injured in car crashes. A lap
belt may be used as a restraint for children four
years old or older.
conviction: A judgement of guilt in a court.
In a driver's record, suspended sentences, forfeiting/estreatures
of bonds, and pleas of no contest count against the
driver just as a conviction does.
department: The Department of Highway Safety
and Motor Vehicles, Tallahassee, Florida.
felony: A serious crime for which you can
be sent to a state prison or receive a death sentence.
intersection: Where two streets meet or cross.
motor vehicle: Any self-propelled vehicle,
including a motor vehicle combination, not operated
upon rails or guideway, excluding vehicles moved
solely by human power, motorized wheelchairs, and
motorized bicycles as defined in Section 316.003,
pedestrian: Any person afoot.
resident: A person who has his principal place
of domicile in this state for a period of more than
six consecutive month, has registered to vote, has
made a statement of domicile pursuant to Section
222.17, Florida Statutes, or has filed for homestead
exemption on property in this state.
residential district: An area where most of
the land next to the road is used for homes.
restriction: A prohibition against operating
certain types of motor vehicles or a requirement
that a driver comply with certain conditions when
driving a motor vehicle.
suspension: The temporary withdrawal of a
licensee's privilege to drive a motor vehicle.
vehicle: Every device, in, upon, or by which
any person is or may be transported or drawn upon
a highway, excepting devices used exclusively upon
stationary rails or tracks.