Florida Stops Online Permit Test

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Florida teenagers won't be able to get their learner's permits online anymore.

Since 2004, the state had allowed people to take the learner's permit test online. The permit is needed before getting a driver's license.

The online program is being canceled, effective Saturday. The tests will now only be available at a county tax collector or a Department of Motor Vehicles office.

The online test $20 to $30. In 2009, officials say the fees generated between $1.9 million and $2.9 million in revenue.

But state officials say the online test is unreliable, and that's why it's being canceled. In 2009, the DMV retested about 600 people who passed the test online. Only 41 percent of those people passed the test in person.

There's no charge to take the test in person.


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  • by ciara Location: miami on Jan 3, 2011 at 05:17 PM
    I see people who toke the test at the dnv pass got there drivers license and they still dont know how to drive or still dont know half of the rules and signs.and dont know how to drive on top of that.
  • by kia Location: orlando on Jan 3, 2011 at 05:13 PM
    i think its crapy two.just was oing t take the test and now i got to take a stupies bus all the way to the dnv to take the test florda sucks
  • by Jamie Location: Tallahassee on Jan 3, 2011 at 12:47 PM
    This very same thing is going on in college/university/high school coursework. Somebody else is doing the work for the student, just like somebody else is taking the tests for these kids. I wondered how long it would take parents to wake up to this!
  • by Renee Location: Jennings on Jan 3, 2011 at 05:04 AM
    I think this this is crapp. since i paid Forty dollars already for the online class. all chapthers done and the test are the only thing left.
  • by Tally resident Location: Tallahassee on Jan 2, 2011 at 09:01 PM
    You think thats bad? Try having a childs schooling done ALL online! whats this all about?? Its called Florida Virtual School and students do 100% of work online! Thats just asking for trouble..
  • by dmv Location: tallahassee on Jan 2, 2011 at 09:45 AM
    There is a fee for taking the test in person, that has never changed. Each county is different on the price. There is a base price plus county fees.
  • by Michael Schumacher on Jan 2, 2011 at 06:34 AM
    No charge to take the test in person??? ASININE! This age demographic contains the worst drivers on the road, with the possible exception of the elderly. Make them pay to take the test, and make it a REAL test!
  • by tallylassie on Jan 2, 2011 at 05:46 AM
    i know a kid who PAID somebody to take the online test for him after he failed it 3 times....
  • by Surprise Location: leon county on Jan 2, 2011 at 03:20 AM
    This is one Dept. that our new "Lets get to work Gov." needs to get to work on down sizing. Their latest scam of turning my drivers permit into a National I.D. Card? (That goes aganst what our Founders wrote and IMO is aganst the law.) complete with my S.S. Card Number tells me there's way to many workers out there in that building with way to much time on their hands. And everything their doing is on my dime, on my time and worst of all they do it in my name (SHOCK) bummer go get em Gov.
  • by Monica Location: Tallahassee on Jan 1, 2011 at 03:09 PM
    I am glad to hear this...When my daughter turned 15 and they told her she could do this I was like Ehhhh really...don't even think about it young girl
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