Driver Ed Rules & Resources

Obtaining a Virginia Learner's Permit

If the applicant is at least 15 years and six months old and under the age of 18, a learner's permit may be obtained at a Department of Motor Vehicles customer service center after fulfilling several requirements. For details on the application and licensing process, go to


A student must meet the following criteria to receive their TDL-180 Provisional License:

  • Be at least 16 years and three months old;
  • Have held a learner's permit for nine months;
  • Successful completeion of a state-approved driver education classroom course and a hands-on driving skills program with minimum in-car mileage requirement;
  • Parent and student must attend a mandatory 90-minute program in order for a student to complete their classroom instruction;
  • Parents have signed the PWCS Permission Form and the VA PPF-16 permisson form;
  • Submission of the 45-hour driving log, at least 15 of which were after sunset;


Drivers 17 years of age or younger, with a LEARNER'S PERMIT or LICENSE, may NOT drive from:

  • 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. Sunday - Thursday 
  • 11:59 PM to 4 a.m. Friday and Saturday

IN THE STATE OF VIRGINIA: All students who hold a valid Virginia driver's license and are under the age of 18 years are subject to the following provisions:

  • Restricted to one non-family teenage passenger until the license is held for one year;
  • Midnight to 4 a.m. curfew except when driving to and from work, school-sponsored activity, with a parent, or in cases of an emergency.


  • May have ONE non-family passenger under 21 years of age during the FIRST year of the driver's license.
  • May have THREE non-family passengers under the age of 21 after the license is held for one year when (i) the holder is driving to or from a school-sponsored activity, or (ii) a licensed driver who is at least 21 is occupying the seat beside the driver, or (iii) in cases of emergency.