TLSAE Course TLSAE stands for ‘Traffic Law and Substance Abuse Education’ and this four hour online course is mandatory for new drivers to take prior to earning their learner’s permit in Florida.  The course will cover materials in regards to Florida traffic laws and how the effects of alcohol and drugs can severely impact a driver operating a motor vehicle.  If a driver breaks certain Florida traffic laws, they may be ordered by the court to take a TLSAE course. With that said, if you lose your license due to an alcohol or drug-related traffic violation, the TLSAE course will give you the opportunity to apply for what is called a ‘hardship license’.    The TLSAE is a very important step in acquiring a Florida state drivers license. Now let’s take a look at the course content and what is covered throughout the TLSAE course. 

The Course

The course will cover important Florida traffic laws that will not only keep you safe while driving, but help you avoid making a mistake and receiving a traffic violation.  You will learn how driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs can not only be a fatal mistake, it can be a very costly one.  The course is approved by the Florida Department of Highway Safety and the Florida Department of Motor Vehicles and can be taken completely online. This gives you flexibility as to where you take the course and how long it takes you, as you can learn at your own pace.  The course is broken down into various modules, each covering a specific topic. The course does have a final exam and in order to pass the course, the user must pass the final quiz by getting at least 80% of the questions correct.  If you are found driving under the influence of alcohol in Florida with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .02 to .05 and your license gets suspended, the court and the state of Florida will require you to take and pass a TLSAE course before you apply for a ‘hardship’ license.   

What Is A Hardship License?

A hardship license allows someone who has lost their license due to driving while under the influence, drive to a court approved job, or other business purposes while their official drivers license is suspended. In addition, a hardship license will allow a driver to drive to school and doctors appointments also.