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Applying for a Virginia New Driver’s License – Under 18

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Drivers licenses are required of all Virginia residents who wish to operate a motor vehicle in the state. A new drivers license is issued only when a driver fulfills all of the requirements set by the VA Department Motor Vehicles. Getting drivers license privileges in Virginia depends upon the successful completion of a series of exams, as well as the driving applicant's ability to provide proof of identity and residential address. You need to complete a drivers permit application if you are younger than the age of 18 and have never had a driver's license before.

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How to Apply for a Virginia Learner's Permit:

  • Be at least 15 years and six months of age.
  • Provide proof of completing a driver education course (if younger than 18).
  • Present the required documentation.
  • Pass the two-part written DMV exam.
  • Pass a vision exam.
  • Pay Virginia driver's license fees.

Applying for an VA Learner's Permit

Driving applicants who apply for a Virginia learners permit must also complete the application process for a VA driver's license and are required to pay the fees for both. A minor younger than 18 may be granted a full driver's license when he or she:

  • Is at least 16 years and three months of age.
  • Has had a learners permit for at least nine months.
  • Can present a completed driver education certificate signed by a parent or guardian.

Learners permit holders who meet the above requirements will receive a notice to attend a Juvenile Licensing Ceremony with a parent or legal guardian in order to receive their full VA drivers license.

How to Get an VA Learners Permit

Learners Permit Requirements in Virginia

The initial VA learning permit process consists of the following rules and requirements:

  • You must be at least 15 years and six months of age to apply.
  • Provide proof of completing a Virginia state-approved driver education course.
  • Have a parent or legal guardian sign the driver's ed certificate to certify your completion of at least 45 hours of behind the wheel experience, 15 of which must be conducted at night.
  • Pass the two-part written knowledge exam and a vision test.
  • Present documents that confirm your identity, Social Security Number, lawful presence in the United States and Virginia state residency.
  • Pay the fees.
  • Have a parent or legal guardian sign your learners permit application (unless have documented proof that you are married or emancipated).

Preparing for a Virginia DMV Written Exam

To get a drivers permit in Virginia you must pass a two-part state written knowledge exam. Part One of the DMV written exam consists of ten traffic sign questions, and driving applicants must answer all questions correctly to move on to Part Two. Part two of the written exam includes questions about motor vehicle laws and safe driving techniques. Driving applicants must get at least 80 percent of the Part Two questions right in order to receive a passing score.

The best way to prepare for the Virginia DMV written exam is by taking one of our practice tests. Our DMV practice test can help you take your exam with confidence because touches upon traffic laws and traffic signs content that will be featured on the official exam.

The two-part written knowledge exam can be completed at your local VA Department of Motor Vehicles office. For your convenience, click here to see a list of DMV offices closest to you.

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VA Drivers Education

In order to obtain a DMV learners permit, new drivers must complete a state-approved driver's ed course prior to taking the required two-part written exam. Virginia driver education programs consist of 36 classroom periods, with 14 in-car instruction periods, and are offered at public or private training schools.

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Virginia Learners Permit Restrictions

A Virginia permit for driving allows new drivers to operate a motor vehicle only when accompanied by a licensed driver who is at least 21 years of age and occupying the passenger's seat. If the accompanying driver is your legal guardian, sibling or step sibling, then he or she may be only 18 years of age.

Note: Once you are at least 16 years and three months of age, have held a learners permit for at least nine months and completed your drivers ed course, you are eligible to receive a full drivers license.

Replacing an VA Learners Permit

In the case that your Virginia learners permit becomes lost, stolen or damaged, you can request a learners permit replacement from your local DMV customer service center or online. Note that replacement fees will apply.

Locate a Virginia DMV

You can speak to a DMV representative or get specific office hours and locations to the VA DMV branch nearest you by clicking here.

Submitted by daecochr on 14th Oct 2015

how much do you pay a

how much do you pay a learner's permit in state of VA.

Submitted by beasley812 on 25th Feb 2016

you have to pay $35.00 for it

you have to pay $35.00 for it

Submitted by Dcday on 22nd Mar 2016

Does that include the actual

Does that include the actual license?. I'm reading that you have to pay for both at the same time.

Submitted by sweety on 12th May 2015

Hi, I am 25 years old and

Hi, I am 25 years old and been in USA for 2 years. I have attempted learner's permit 3 times but bad luck, I failed. Is there any other options to re-take exam other than attending classroom course for learner's permit and get a certificate. Please fill me with information and pull me out of this confusion.

Submitted by beasley812 on 25th Feb 2016

you could trying taking a

you could trying taking a driver improvement class at www.gototrafficshool.com/virginia it's 100% online and is VA DMV Approved Course for only $28.99 I did the class and then I practice on this web site DMV WRITTEN TEST.COM and passed with out a problem. good luck.

Submitted by KeyondraF on 7th May 2015

I am 18 years old, I have my

I am 18 years old, I have my learners and i've held them for 9 months. My sophomore year in high school I took drivers ed but I did NOT do in car, am I eligible to try for my road skills test?

Submitted by Brittnicole on 25th Mar 2015

I'm 20 years old and my

I'm 20 years old and my learners permit expired on my birthday it has been less than a year ago do I have to retake the test or can I just renew my permit?

Submitted by Boobookitty on 12th Mar 2015

Could anybody tell me how

Could anybody tell me how many questions are on the knowledge part? I've been studying like crazy online and seem to pass the quizzes given, I just need an estimate

Submitted by kscooke on 27th Aug 2014

my daughter failed learners

my daughter failed learners permit 3 times I was told she could take class on line whats the website to sign her up

Submitted by k_123 (not verified) on 18th Nov 2013

Can I get my license a month

Can I get my license a month or two after i get my learners?

Submitted by KimmieZee (not verified) on 2nd Jul 2013

How can I change the address

How can I change the address on my son's learners permit? Do I have to go to DMV??

Submitted by Whiteaarons (not verified) on 13th Feb 2013

My daughter lost her learners

My daughter lost her learners permit card, can she get a new card by going to DMV?

Submitted by beasley812 on 25th Feb 2016

Yes she can get a new one she

Yes she can get a new one she would have to go back to DMV and they will mail it out to her.

Submitted by geriap (not verified) on 23rd Apr 2012

my daughter is 25 her

my daughter is 25 her learners permit expired can she renew it online?

Submitted by beasley812 on 25th Feb 2016

if she had it for more then

if she had it for more then 60 days she can go back to DMV and take the road test and get her driver license instead of holding the permit.

Submitted by AJtrueblue22 (not verified) on 22nd Apr 2012

Ok so I have already

Ok so I have already completed behind the wheel, 45 hour driving log, and all I need now is to hold my permit for 9 months (which ends May 3) can someone tell me the process of how to get my license? Because I dont know who to turn in my 45 hours to and I want to be driving by May 3...

Submitted by heyheyhey (not verified) on 21st Jan 2012

hello there! i got my

hello there! i got my learners permit without taking divers ed class. Do i really have to take the class before getting full license? is it compulsory?

Submitted by zorro99 (not verified) on 16th Dec 2011

I failed the written test 3

I failed the written test 3 times. ( I didn't study !) There is a new law that requires me to take about 30 hours of classroom instruction just TO BE ELIGIBLE to test again. I have now studied, and almost 2 years ago I took drivers ed in school. Is there any way to get around this classroom requirement?

Submitted by harristim18 (not verified) on 11th Jan 2012

the only way u can get around

the only way u can get around that is if u took that class right after u failed then u dont have to take the class but if u took the class before u

failed 3 times u have to go to the 30 hour class again

Submitted by allartiscollaboration (not verified) on 15th Nov 2011

Okay so i failed my permit

Okay so i failed my permit test 3 times already, i went to take it in sept/august. I'm not sure when i actually went but it was between those months. I was 16 at the time and i just turned 17 last month, would i be able to take my test over again without taking a class? i took a drivers ed class last year. Help!?! Please.

Submitted by harristim18 (not verified) on 11th Jan 2012

if u took the class after u

if u took the class after u failed then u do not have to take a class again but if u took the class and then took the test and failed it then u have to take the class one more time

Submitted by bfkamal (not verified) on 9th Aug 2011

i live in new jersey and im

i live in new jersey and im 16 i was issued my learners permit in july, and im moving down to VA at the end of august, and i was suppose to take my driven test the day after my 17th birthday feb 14, if i switch to a VA permit will i have to wait longer?

Submitted by Driver85 (not verified) on 22nd May 2011

I'm 25 years old and I just

I'm 25 years old and I just got my learners permit. Can I drive alone while I have my learners permit or do I also have to be with a licensed passenger over the age of 21?

Submitted by arielizcoop04 (not verified) on 30th Jun 2011

No. You have to wait until

No. You have to wait until you get your driver's license.

Submitted by Anonymous on 3rd May 2011

Do I have to wait til the

Do I have to wait til the 21st of may to get my permit or can I get it any time during and/or after this month if my birthday is November 21st

Submitted by Anonymous on 4th May 2011

you can get your permit on or

you can get your permit on or after the 21st of May

Submitted by Anonymous on 18th Apr 2011

can u register a car with a

can u register a car with a learners permit?

Submitted by Anonymous on 17th Apr 2011

Okk i just turned 15, March

Okk i just turned 15, March 7th

Do i get my permit Aug. 7th or Sep. 7th

Submitted by Anonymous on 9th Apr 2011

I'm 20 and live in Virginia

I'm 20 and live in Virginia and I have had my under 21 dl learner's permit since I was 18 and it doesn't expire until 2017. I was wondering what I would have to do to obtain my actual license?

Thanks

Submitted by Anonymous on 27th Apr 2011

go to the DMV and take the

go to the DMV and take the road skills test

Submitted by Anonymous on 26th Mar 2011

2 more months untill i cn

2 more months untill i cn take my test to get my learners permit !!!! :D

Submitted by Anonymous on 17th Mar 2011

if you're 16 already do you

if you're 16 already do you still have to wait 9 months to get your license

Submitted by Anonymous on 11th Mar 2011

took drivers ed one year

took drivers ed one year later took the test didnt study missed 0 questions but i was so nervis i peed my pants please study

Submitted by Anonymous on 2nd Mar 2011

in virginia if you are 18

in virginia if you are 18 with just a learners permit can you drive alone?

Submitted by Anonymous on 1st Mar 2011

Why do I have to wait 9

Why do I have to wait 9 months to let a license if I'm already 18 ?

Submitted by Anonymous on 13th Feb 2011

ohh yea iqet my learners in 5

ohh yea iqet my learners in 5 more months..yayy meh.!

Submitted by Anonymous on 29th Jan 2011

I failed the written test 3

I failed the written test 3 times. ( I didn't study !) There is a new law that requires me to take about 30 hours of classroom instruction just TO BE ELIGIBLE to test again. I have now studied, and almost 2 years ago I took drivers ed in school. Is there any way to get around this classroom requirement?

Submitted by BrittanyShortt (not verified) on 13th Jul 2010

ok 2 quick questions... What

ok 2 quick questions... What time and what day is best to go take your Learners Test? And is there any quizzes on here that could help me pass without paying anything?

Submitted by inezfoster33 (not verified) on 6th Jun 2010

i am 33 and i am going for my

i am 33 and i am going for my learners soon do the same rules apply to me as someone who's under age?

Submitted by Cieraw. (not verified) on 24th Mar 2010

Where do i go to take my

Where do i go to take my practice test

Submitted by nancy.69 (not verified) on 7th Mar 2010

i rele want to get my drivers

i rele want to get my drivers licenses :)

Submitted by jania (not verified) on 14th Aug 2009

i failed the test :( should

i failed the test :(

should i take driving class??????????????/

Submitted by Lee Ladie (not verified) on 30th Apr 2009

Wanting To Drive!!!! :)

Wanting To Drive!!!! :)

Submitted by wedgewood (not verified) on 11th Mar 2009

yes

yes

Submitted by eddy (not verified) on 11th Mar 2009

I need to pratice the test

I need to pratice the test for driving test

Submitted by baja31 (not verified) on 26th Jan 2009

study!!

study!!

Submitted by marilia on 28th Jan 2009

study!!!

study!!!

Submitted by marilia on 28th Jan 2009

study!!!

study!!!

Submitted by david p1mpim (not verified) on 27th Dec 2008

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alisha f babbi