Learner's Permit Information

You may get your learner's permit when you reach 15 years and 6 months of age.

Getting Your Learner's Permit

When you apply for a learner's permit, you will also complete the application process for your driver's license or driver privilege card and pay the fees for both the permit and license. You will be required to pass a vision screening and the two-part knowledge exam.

Learner's Permit Driving Restrictions

Possessing a learner's permit allows you to operate a motor vehicle when a licensed driver at least 21 years of age is seated beside you. The driver accompanying you may be 18 years of age if he or she is your legal guardian, brother, sister, half-brother, half-sister, step-brother or step-sister. This person must hold a valid driver's license, be legally permitted to drive, and be alert and able to assist you.

If you are at least 16 years, 3 months and under age 18, and hold a valid Virginia Driver Training Certificate (DTS B) showing completion of the classroom and in-vehicle portions of driver's education, your DTS B and a valid learner's permit allow you to drive without a licensed driver beside you - provided that you have held your learner's permit for nine months and the certificate is signed by a parent or legal guardian.

Getting Your Driver's License

Juvenile Licensing Ceremony

After you have held your permit nine months, are at least 16 and 3 months, and have completed driver education, you will receive a notice that tells you when and where to appear in court for a licensing ceremony. You will receive your permanent driver's license at this ceremony.

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