Driver education programs are available statewide to students and adults. Public and private school programs are approved by the Department of Education. Driver training schools follow the same course content and are licensed by DMV.
The program consists of 36 fifty-minute classroom periods of instructions and 14 fifty-minute periods in-car instructions (7 periods of driving and 7 periods of observation, including the final road skills examination). It includes components about alcohol safety, drug abuse awareness, aggressive driving, distracted driving, pedestrian and bicycle safety, handicapped parking, fuel efficient driving practices, motorcycle awareness and organ and tissue donation awareness.
Driver's license applicants, including applicants for a commercial driver's license (CDL), who fail the knowledge exam or road skills test three times must successfully complete the applicable knowledge or in-vehicle component of a driver education course before they can take the examination a fourth time. Classes taken at a driver improvement clinic do not meet this requirement.
To find out more about the requirements regarding three exam failures, visit Driver Training for Three Exam Failures.
To locate the driver training school closest to you, refer to Driver Training Schools by District.
To find driver schools offering online driver education, refer to Listing of Online Driver Training Schools.
DMV is committed to promoting transportation safety through the certification of quality driver training programs. For information about the laws governing driver training schools, refer to the Virginia Driver Training School Regulations.
If you have comments or concerns about this course, call our toll-free number: 1-877-885-5790.