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You must be a resident of the Commonwealth of Virginia and at least 16 years and 3 months of age to obtain a Virginia driver's license. To obtain a learner's permit, you must be at least 15 years and 6 months of age. No exceptions will be made to these age requirements. If you are under age 18, you must provide written consent from one of your parents or your legal guardian unless you are married or emancipated.

The Virginia General Assembly passed legislation requiring all students in Planning District 8 (Arlington County, Fairfax County, Loudoun County, Prince William County, Alexandria City, Fairfax City, Falls Church City, Manassas City or Manassas Park City) to complete a 90-minute parent/teen presentation with a parent as a part of CLASSROOM driver education. If you reside in one of these localities, you must provide proof of completion of this program before we may issue your driver education certificate of completion.

If you are under age 19, you must complete a state-approved driver education program such as Help for the Teenager who wants to drive..

If you are age 19 or older, and you have never held a driver's license issued by Virginia, another state, a U.S. territory, or foreign country, or cannot show proof that you previously held such a license, you must show proof that:

  • you have passed an approved driver education course, or,
  • you have held a Virginia learner's permit at least 30 days before taking the DMV road skills test.

At any age, as a first time driver, you will be required to provide documents to prove identity, legal presence, Virginia residency, and, if you have one, Social Security number. Use the interactive document guide to determine which documents you will need to bring to DMV when you apply, or refer to "Acceptable Documents for Obtaining a Driver's License or Photo ID Card" (DMV 141).