DMV Driver Handbook in West Virginia
The West Virginia Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has a number of manuals and handbooks available online, including the WV driver's licensing handbook, manual for commercial drivers, and motorcycle operator manual. Also available online is the West Virginia Vehicle Code.
Continue reading this page for links to the various West Virginia DMV handbooks and driving manuals you can read to help you become a safer driver.
West Virginia Driver's Handbook
The State of West Virginia Driver's Licensing Handbook (REV 2021) is designed to teach you how to operate a vehicle safely and pass the DMV written test. Included in this DMV handbook is information about:
- The driver's licensing process.
- The DMV written knowledge exam.
- Signs, signals, and road markings.
- The WV DMV point system.
- Traffic laws.
- Rules of the road.
- Vehicle inspections.
- Reacting to emergency situations.
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs (DUI).
You can learn a lot by studying the VA driving manual. In order to retain this information, we suggest also preparing with an online practice test from our approved partner.
Motorcycle Operator Manual in WV
If you're going to apply for a motorcycle license in West Virginia, be sure to study the West Virginia Motorcycle Operator Manual (REV 2023). In the motorcycle DMV handbook, you'll learn about:
- Steps to apply for a WV motorcycle license.
- Knowledge and skills tests.
- Wearing the right helmet.
- Basic vehicle control.
- Carrying passengers and cargo.
- Changing lanes safely.
- Riding in a group.
- Avoiding collisions.
To get more help in studying for the exam, take an online motorcycle practice test in addition to studying the motorcycle driver's manual.
Commercial Driver's Manual
To successfully obtain your commercial driver's license (CDL) in West Virginia, you'll need to study the WV Commercial Driver License Manual (REV 2023) thoroughly. Subjects covered in the CDL DMV handbook include:
- Driving a commercial motor vehicle (CMV) safely.
- How to apply for a CDL.
- West Virginia DMV commercial driver skills test.
- Adding an endorsement to your CDL.
- Suspended CDL.
- Air brakes.
- How to become an organ donor.
- Safety when transporting hazardous materials.
- School buses.
The West Virginia CDL driving manual also contains series of sample questions to prepare you for the written exam. For additional study questions, complete an online CDL practice test.
The West Virginia Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) also provides online access to the following DMV handbooks:
- A Synopsis of West Virginia Boating Rules and Laws.
- International Registration Plan (IRP) Manual.
For a complete list of available driving manuals and brochures, visit the WV DMV website.
West Virginia Vehicle Code
Other driving resources are available to help supplement the various DMV handbooks and driver's manuals.
The West Virginia Vehicle Code outlines all the rules and regulations related to driver's licenses, traffic tickets, vehicle title and registration procedures, and more.
If you've recently received a traffic ticket, reading the code may give help you understand your charge, and may also be helpful if you wish to fight the ticket in court. To learn how to respond to a traffic citation in West Virginia, visit our Traffic Tickets page.