Special Licenses in Virginia
To drive a bus, you must have a passenger endorsement on your commercial driver's license. To obtain this endorsement, you must:
- Pass a written general knowledge test.
- Pass a written passenger test.
- Pass a written air brakes exam only if the bus you'll be driving is fitted with air brakes.
- Pass the bus driving skills test.
Other requirements such as age and years driving vary with each school district.
If your bus or van carries fewer than 16 passengers, you do not need a commercial driver's license (CDL). You only need a regular driver's license. Other requirements, such as age and driving record, vary with each employer.
Taxi licenses (sometimes called "hack") and permits are handled by municipal governments and, in some cases, local police departments.
To apply, complete a lengthy For-Hire Intrastate Operating Authority Certificate or License Application. Seven pages of instructions are included with the application.
Questions? Call Motor Carrier Services at (866) 878-2582.
All-Terrain Vehicles (ATVs)
- Riders under 12 are not permitted.
- Riders between 12 and 16 are restricted to ATV's of no less than 70cc and no more than 90cc.
Personal Watercraft (PWC)
- Kids 16 and up are not required to complete a boating safety course in order to command a PWC.
- While they're operating a PWC, kids 14 and 15 years old must carry proof that they've completed a boating safety course with them.
- Kids under 14 cannot operate a PWC.
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