Virginia Driver’s License & Permit FAQ
How Can I Apply for my VA Driver’s License? Frequently Asked Questions
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What age must I be before I can apply for my permit in Virginia?You must be at least 15 ½ to apply for a learner’s permit.
What documents will I be required to have when I go to apply for my license in Virginia?Use Virginia’s interactive Document Guide to determine which documents to bring. You’ll want to be sure to bring:
- Proof of Identity
- 1 proof of identity if you are younger than 19
- 2 proofs of identity if you are older than 19
- Proof of Legal United States Presence
- Proof of Social Security Number (if you’ve been issued one)
- Proof of Virginia Residency
- Proof of Identity
Where is the nearest place I can go to apply for a driver’s license in Virginia?You should go to your local Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles when you’re ready to apply for your Virginia driver’s license.
Is it easy to contact my nearest Virginia DMV office?Got a question? Call the Virginia DMV at (804) 497-7100.
Who is allowed to bring me for my permit test in Virginia?If you are under 18 years old, it’s best your parent or legal guardian bring you. If they are unable to come, a licensed driver 21 or older may bring you. You must have a signed application by your parent or legal guardian.
Is a physical required in order to get a permit in Virginia?A physical examination isn’t required when getting your license in Virginia. If you have a mental or physical condition that would affect your driving, you must give the DMV a medical evaluation from your doctor. A DMV official will evaluate to see if your license should have any restrictions on it.
Is a vision test necessary when I go to apply for my Virginia driver’s license?Yes. Your vision must be 20/40 or better in order to pass.
Where do I get a photo for my Virginia driver’s license taken?You will have your photo taken at the DMV office. You will not be issued a license if it seems you are wearing a disguise or are distorting your face in any sort of way.
What happens after I apply for my Virginia license?The first step in applying for your Virginia license is getting your learner’s permit. Once you pass your knowledge test, you will be issued your learner’s permit in the mail.
- If you are under age 19, you must wait at least 9 months before getting your driver’s license. During that time you will need to complete a state approved driver’s education course, unless you are home schooled. You also need at least 45 hours of behind-the-wheel training with 15 of those hours being at night.
- If you are 19 or older, you will need to hold your permit for at least 60 days or show proof that you have completed a driver’s education program.
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"I took these practice tests over and over, at least 20-30 times. Especially focus on the sign tests, since you need 10 out of 10 correct on the actual test, at least in Virginia. I passed my Learner's Permit test with a solid 100% (all 10 sign questions correct, and all 30 random questions correct, in the State of Virginia test). Before I went, I studied the paperback manual given to me at the DMV about three times over, skimmed through it once more on the drive over there, kept reading it while waiting inside the DMV for my number to be called. As said above, I also took these online practice tests a lot. This was just within the last few days, so if you're not feeling too confident, take these tests as much as you can, and read the manual 2-4 times within a few days, or a week. When you start hitting consistent 100% on the practice tests here, you're probably ready to go for the real thing! Whatever you get wrong, try writing it (the corrections) down on paper, then at the end, focus your mind on remembering the correct answers to those. I took that paper with me to skim over the whole time before the test, too, especially the fines and penalties for people who commit traffic violations, drive while intoxicated, etc. Thankfully, not many of those questions came up on the actual test though. Every test is random for each individual though, so I've heard. They'll probably throw 1-2 of those fines and penalties questions in there. Expect 'em."N.V., Virginia
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