Drivers Training in Virginia
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Virginia Drivers Training
If you're a teenager applying for your first driver's license, in-car driver's training and supervised driving practice are requirements of the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV).
Driver's training, which is a component of Driver’s Ed, will allow you to practice safe driving techniques with a driving instructor.
Supervised driving practice will further your experience and better prepare you to get behind the wheel with your first driver's license.
On this page you'll find more information about driver's training, supervised driving practice, and the next steps towards your new VA driver's license.
VA Driver's Training Requirements
If you are younger than 19 years old, you'll need to complete driver's training and driver's education during the learner's permit phase of your licensing process.
For more information about applying for your learner's permit, please see our Driver’s Permit page.
Before moving on to your provisional driver's license, you'll need to:
- Complete 36 periods of classroom instruction.
- Complete 14 periods of in-car instruction, which include:
- 7 periods of behind-the-wheel driving practice.
- 7 periods of observation.
- Complete an additional 45 hours of supervised driving practice.
- Hold your learner's permit for at least 9 months.
NOTE: You must be at least 15 1/2 years old to obtain a learner's permit. Please contact your Driver's Ed provider for information about minimum enrollment ages.
Virginia Driver's Training Course
Driver's training in Virginia is a component of your Driver's Ed course and is offered by:
- Public schools.
- Private schools.
- Professional driver training schools.
- Parents for home-schooled teens. (See “Driver's Training for Home-Schooled Teens" below).
Regardless of how you choose to complete your driver's training, your course must provide a minimum of 7 periods of behind-the-wheel driver's training lasting 50 minutes each.
For more information about driver's education programs, please visit our Driver’s Ed page.
Once you complete both the classroom and driver's training components of your Driver's Ed course, you will receive a completion certificate.
Driver's Training for Home-Schooled Teens
If you're a home-schooled teenager, your parent(s) can teach the in-car training component of Driver's Ed.
Your parent(s) must be approved by the Virginia DMV to provide driver's training. To apply for approval you will need:
- A completed Home-Schooled In-Car Driver Education Parental Authorization Application (Form HS 1).
- A letter from the school district that certifies you are being home schooled.
- Proof you've completed the classroom component of Driver's Ed.
Mail your documents with ATTN to Commercial Licensing Work Center at:
Department of Motor Vehicles
P.O. Box 27412
Richmond, VA 23269
For more information, please refer to the Home-Schooled In-Car Driver Education Information Sheet (Form HS 3) provided by the Virginia DMV.
Supervised Driving Practice
While you hold your learner's permit, you'll need to practice driving while supervised by a licensed adult who is at least 21 years old (at least 18 years old if they are your legal guardian or an immediate family member.)
Before moving on to your provisional driver's license, you'll need to complete at least 45 hours of supervised driving with at least 15 hours completed at night.
Your parent/legal guardian will need to sign your Driver's Ed completion certificate once you complete the required hours of supervised behind-the-wheel practice.
After Driver's Training – Provisional License
You will be eligible for your provisional Virginia driver's license when you:
- Complete your driver's training requirements.
- Complete the minimum hours of supervised driving practice.
- Hold your learner's permit for at least 9 months.
- Pass your Virginia DMV driving test. (If you are younger than 19 years old, your road test will be administered as part of your driver's training course.)
- Are at least 16 years and 3 months old.
For more information, please see our Applying for a New License (Teen Drivers) in Virginia page.
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