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NEW DRIVERS AND FIRST TIME APPLICANTS
Following are the basic requirements for applying for a West Virginia driver's license:
- Applicants must be 15 years or older.
- Any individual under 18 should provide parental consent and must complete the graduated driver licensing process. The Graduated Driver License (GDL) system is followed in West Virginia based on which an individual below 18 has 3 levels to complete before being eligible for a full Class E license. For additional details, see Beginner Drivers and/or Learner's Permits for Beginner Drivers.
- Everyone must pass the vision, written, and driving tests. See Practice Tests and Driver's Handbook for more information on the written examination. Driver education programs can help individuals prepare for their road test.
- Applicants must provide two acceptable proofs of residency.
- Applicants must provide a birth certificate and a social security card.
- A driver's license application form can be downloaded here.
West Virginia residents holding a driver's license from another state need to pass the vision as well as the alcohol awareness tests. Like other applicants, new residents must provide proof of residency, birth certificate and social security card. New residents have 30 days from their arrival to either apply for a West Virginia license or transfer their valid out of state license.
Non-US citizens residing in West Virginia may apply for a West Virginia driver's license, as long as they can provide proof that they are legally authorized to be in the United States, and meet all the other requirements. They can drive up to 90 days with a valid license from their country of citizenship. It is suggested that you also get an International Driving Permit.
Note that a West Virginia driver's license issued to a foreign national will expire no later than the last date on which they are authorized to be in the United States by the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service.
With certain restrictions, an individual can legally drive in West Virginia with a learner's license. See more information on learner's permits here.
- See also Renewing Your License.
- For information on other types of licenses, see Commercial Driver's Licenses, Motorcycle Licenses.
- It is necessary to have active Auto Insurance in order to drive legally in West Virginia.
- New drivers see our Driver Education, Driving Schools, Beginner Drivers and Learner's Permits for Beginner Drivers sections.