Tax Collector offers free learners permit classes


400-HOLLINGSWORTH-DENNISSt Johns County Tax Collector Dennis W. Hollingsworth, CFC, informed Historic City News that eligible local high school students can participate in a free driver education course that will aid students in successfully completing the road signs and road rules exams required for issuance of a learner’s permit.

The tax collector will offer the free classes to students who will be at least 14 1/2 years-old this school year and attending St Johns County public high schools thanks to support from the St Johns County School District.

“Parents can read the course schedule at each of the different high schools on our website,,” Hollingsworth explained to reporters this morning. “Once you have decided on a first and second choice for the class dates, you can follow the online instructions for registering.”

Hollingsworth said that the class size is limited and that advanced registration is required. Classes are conducted prior to school, from 8:00 a.m. till 9:00 a.m., for 12 days. On the last day, students will be administered both exams in class, at no charge.

Upon passage of both exams, and completion of the 4-hour online substance abuse course, students will be eligible to go to any location of the St Johns County Tax Collector and receive their permit, provided they are at least 15-years-old. The mandatory substance abuse course is available online or through the Northeast Florida Safety Council in Duval County only.


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