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Beginner Drivers in Virginia

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In order to be allowed to drive, prospective drivers must prove they can obey traffic rules and adhere to safety standards. A standard of quality is verified by the driver's license application process, secured by auto insurance and kept track of through registration and titling.


There are usually two routes one can take in getting a learner's permit. They can either wait and take the knowledge test, or opt for a Driver's Education program to get their permit earlier. Either way the knowledge test is required.


The majority of new drivers in Virginia are required to pass a written knowledge exam, whether when applying for an instruction permit or a driver's license. The test is administered at a local driver licensing office, and covers basic rules of the road and how to safely operate a motor vehicle.

There are three resources that can be used in conjunction to help in studying for the written exam: the virginia Drivers Guide, practice tests, and study guides. You must pass the knowledge exam before scheduling a driving exam.


After passing the knowledge test, you must pass a driving test in order to get your virginia driver's license. To practice for the driving test, you should be driving with an instructor or licensed adult. Many new drivers enrol in either a driver's education program or a licensed driving school to help them develop the appropriate skills and confidence.As well, it should be noted that the car you use in the driving test must have proper auto insurance.


Completing the knowledge and driving tests are the key requirements for obtaining a driver's license in Virginia. Beginner drivers must also complete an application, give proof of identity and residence, and pay the appropriate expenses. For complete information about how to obtain a driver's license in Virginia, see our Applying for a License section.


It is illegal to drive an uninsured car in the state of virginia, and therefore new drivers must ensure that they have the proper amount and type of insurance required by the State. Parents or legal guardians may have this covered for young drivers. Enrolling in a driver's education program or a licensed driving school may reduce your insurance premium. For more information, or to obtain competitive auto insurance quotes, see out our Auto Insurance section.

In addition, beginner drivers planning to get their own car have to ensure the vehicle is registered and titled before taking it on the road.


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