Drivers Ed in West Virginia
Driver’s Education in West Virginia
If you’re a new West Virginia driver, you won’t need to complete a Driver’s Ed course, but you will need to satisfy the requirements of the West Virginia Department of Transportation (DOT) graduated driver’s licensing (GDL) program.
Though not required, taking a driver’s education course can help you ace your DMV written and road tests. Completing a Driver’s Ed course will also waive the required supervised driving hours when applying for your license.
On this page, you’ll find information about the steps you’ll need to take to get behind the wheel with your first WV driver’s license.
The West Virginia DMV’s GDL program applies to all new drivers younger than 18 years old. You can start the program once you turn 15 years old by applying for your learner’s permit.
If you don’t have access to a professional driving school near you, you may consider enrolling in a Driver’s Ed course online.
If you decide to enroll in a Driver’s Ed course, you’ll be able to apply some of the safe driving skills the course will cover. You’ll also gain knowledge about important topics, including:
- Traffic laws.
- Reacting properly in hazardous situations.
- Defensive driving techniques.
- Sharing the road with other motorists.
- Your responsibilities on the road.
Before applying for your learner’s permit and taking the DMV written test, you should study the West Virginia Driver's Handbook.
To learn how to obtain your learner’s permit, please visit our Drivers Permits in West Virginia page.
Your learner’s permit will allow you to gain experience behind the wheel, as long as you:
- Are accompanied by a licensed driver who is at least 21 years old.
- Drive between 5 a.m. and 10 p.m.
- Do not use your cell phone.
Practicing with your learner’s permit will help prepare you for your West Virginia DMV road test and move on to the next step of the GDL program.
Before you can take your road test and obtain your intermediate driver’s license, you’ll need to:
- Hold your learner’s permit for at least 6 months.
- Be at least 16 years old.
- Have committed no traffic violations for the 6 months prior to your application.
- Complete at least 50 hours of supervised driving (including 10 hours at night) and submit a 50-Hour Certificate Log for Driver’s License Applicants Under Age 18 (Form DMV-10-GDL), OR complete a Driver’s Ed course.
For more information, please see our Applying for a New License (Teen Drivers) in West Virginia page.
NOTE: If you are having trouble passing the DMV written test or driving skills test, a Driver’s Ed course may be just what you need.
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