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Florida TLSAE Course  -
  • Required TLSAE course for Florida first time drivers (§322.095, F.S.)
  • 100% online, no classroom or workbook
  • DHSMV approved Traffic Law Substance Abuse Education course
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TLSAE Course

§322.095 of the Florida Statutes requires that every first time driver in the State of Florida must complete a Traffic Law Substance Abuse Education course, or TLSAE course. The 4-hour TLSAE course instructs young drivers about the effects of drugs and alcohol on the human body and mind and on a person's ability to drive. Safe driving practices are stressed, particularly the concept that a driver should not have any amount of alcohol or drugs when getting behind the wheel of a vehicle.

Florida teen driver who completed START course on the web

"The online TLSAE course isn't like the classroom course. You don't have to drive somewhere and sit for four hours. You can even do the course one chapter at a time if you want to."

– Vanessa R., Silver Springs

TLSAE Course Registration

You can take TLSAE online or in the classroom. Classroom TLSAE locations are listed here. (You must call the school of your choice for classroom times and availability. The TLSAE course is listed on this page as the START course.)

The TLSAE online course features video, Flash animations, and interactive exercises. You can log into the TLSAE online course at any time, 24 / 7, and the course will keep track of your work. Both the classroom and the online Traffic Law Substance Abuse Education course require four hours to complete per state law.

I've never heard of TLSAE. How do I know if I need to take it?

You've probably heard this course called by other names. Some of the more popular names for the course are: Florida drug and alcohol course, first time driver course, Florida learner's license course, and Florida learner's permit course. All of these names refer to the same course.

If you are a Florida teen and you have never been issued a Florida driver license, you MUST take this course before a learner's permit will be issued to you. If you are an adult and you have had a U.S. or Florida driver license, you do not have to take this course. Some drivers who hold licenses from other countries also do not have to complete a TLSAE course.

How old do I have to be to take TLSAE?

You can take TLSAE (online or classroom) before your 15th birthday.

Will the TLSAE course prepare me for the driver license test?

No, you must study the Florida drivers handbook to prepare for the driver license test.

Click the "GO" button to register for your Florida drug and alcohol course.