There is no difference in a learners permit and a permit. People just say permit because it is shorter than saying learners permit. A permit or learners permit lets you drive with an adult of 21 or over with a valid license. A drivers license lets you drive by yourself without the adult.
You have to be 16 to get a Drivers License in the state of Florida. You can get your Learners Permit at age 15. But, if you turn 18 and are without a Learners Permit (or license), you can skip the permit and get the license after the basic driving tests.
How long the wait before your permit Yes you have to wait until you at least have your learners for 6 months, but if you are in the state of Va no matter how old you are, as long as your a minor, then you have to have your learners for 9 months!Hannah