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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