Virginia DMV Practice Tests

Learning all those rules in the Virginia driver’s manual isn't easy. However, we do have practice tests that make the learning easier, and more fun. Our tests include the Virginia teen permit test and the Virginia new-to-state driver's license test.

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Your Virginia DMV Handbooks

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Virginia Driver's License Resources

Whether you’re getting ready to take your learner’s permit written test for the first time, studying to get a motorcycle endorsement so you can ride your new bike, or preparing for your CDL exam to drive a commercial vehicle, we’ve gathered a wealth of resources and knowledge to help you obtain your driving credentials.

All Drivers

If you’re renewing a license that has been expired for longer than a year, or if you’re applying for reinstatement after a suspension, you may have to retake the written exam in order to obtain your license.

Free Practice Tests

Driver's License practice tests
Learner's Permit practice tests
Motorcycle Endorsement practice tests
CDL practice tests
Road Signs and Signals practice tests

Resources for all drivers

Read the official Virginia driver’s manual
Check out our frequently asked questions (FAQ)
Buy a driver’s license test cheat sheet: basic or advanced
Buy a driver’s license renewal test cheat sheet: basic or advanced
Read our driving safety articles

Virginia DMV quick links for all drivers

Virginia DMV home page
Driver’s license renewal information
How to apply for a Virginia driver's license
Identification requirements
License and permit fees

New & Teen Drivers

Drivers must be at least sixteen years and three months old in order to obtain a Virginia driver's license. If you are age eighteen or older and have never held a license in any state, you are required to hold a learner's permit for at least sixty days or show completion of a Virginia state-approved driver training course while holding a permit. If you are under eighteen years of age, you are required to show proof of successful completion of a Virginia state-approved driver education program and hold a learner’s permit for a minimum of nine months before you can be issued a driver’s license. You must be at least fifteen years and six months old in order to obtain a Virginia learner’s permit. Driver’s under eighteen years of age in Virginia are subject to several restrictions, including a curfew and passenger restrictions.

Resources for new & teen drivers

Read the official Virginia driver’s manual
Take one of our free learner’s permit practice tests
Check out our new & teen driver frequently asked questions (FAQ)
Buy a learner’s permit test cheat sheet: basic or advanced
Buy a driver’s license test cheat sheet: basic or advanced
Check rates or buy car insurance

Virginia DMV quick links for new & teen drivers

Teen driving restrictions
Learner’s permit information
How to apply for a Virginia learner's permit
Driver's education requirements
Driver’s training school locations

New-to-State Drivers

New Virginia residents are required to obtain a Virginia driver’s license within 60 days of moving to Virginia. If your license has been suspended or revoked by another state, you may not be issued a Virginia driver’s license until your driving record is cleared and you meet Virginia requirements, which may include passing the knowledge exam and road skills test. If you are eighteen years of age or older and hold a valid driver’s license from another U.S. state or territory, Canadian province, France, Germany, or South Korea, you must pass a vision screening test before you can receive a Virginia driver’s license. If you are eighteen years of age or older and hold a valid driver’s license from any country other than the U.S., Canada, France, Germany, or South Korea, you must pass the vision screening, two-part knowledge exam, and road skills test before you can receive a Virginia driver’s license.

Resources for new-to-state drivers

Read the official Virginia driver’s manual
Take one of our free driver’s license practice tests
Check out our new-to-state frequently asked questions (FAQ)
Buy a new-to-state driver’s license test cheat sheet: basic or advanced
Check rates or buy car insurance

Virginia DMV quick links for new-to-state drivers

New resident information

Motorcycles

Virginia requires every resident who operates a motorcycle to hold a valid driver’s license with a Class M designation. In order to add a Class M designation to your driver’s license, you must pass a vision screening, and a motorcycle knowledge exam, hold a learner’s permit for 9 months (under eighteen years of age) or 30 days (over eighteen years of age), and pass the motorcycle road skills test. If you present the Virginia DMV with a certificate of completion from the Virginia Rider Training Program, you will be exempt from taking the motorcycle knowledge exam and the motorcycle road skills test (up to a year after the date of course completion). It is possible to obtain a license that allows you to operate only a motorcycle by completing all the requirements for a class M designation as well as passing the two-part driver’s license knowledge exam.

Resources for motorcyclists

Read the official Virginia motorcycle manual
Take one of our free motorcycle designation practice tests
Check out our motorcycle endorsement frequently asked questions (FAQ)
Buy a motorcycle endorsement test cheat sheet: basic or advanced
New-to-state motorcycle insurance

Virginia DMV quick links for motorcycles

Motorcycle designation information
Motorcycle permit information
Virginia Rider Training Program information and locations

CDL

You must have a valid Commercial Driver License (CDL) or Commercial Learner’s Permit (CLP) to drive a commercial motor vehicle in Virginia. You may hold either a driver’s license or a CDL, but not both. A CLP allows a person to receive commercial driving instruction and behind-the-wheel driving experience on public roads. You must meet all the requirements for a Virginia driver’s license or already hold a Virginia driver’s license in order to obtain a CDL or CLP, and you must apply for your CDL or CLP in person at a DMV customer service center.

Resources for CDL

Read the official Virginia CDL manual
Take one of our free CDL practice tests
Buy a CDL test paid cheat sheet: basic or advanced
Check rates or buy CDL insurance

Virginia DMV quick links for CDL

CDL information
How to apply for a Virginia CDL or CLP
CDL training schools

Virginia DMV Driving Test Info

How many questions are on the written test?

There are 25 general knowledge questions and 10 road sign questions on the test.

How many questions must you get right?

You must answer at least 20 of the general questions and all 10 of the road sign questions correctly in order to pass.

If you fail when can you retake the test?

You can retake the test again in 1 day.

How many times can you retake the test?

There is no limit on the number of times you can retake the written test.

Who has to take the written test? Teens of what ages?

Anyone who is getting their driver’s license for the first time must pass the written test. Teens can take the test if they are at least 16 years and 3 months of age. If they’re under 18 years of age, they must provide proof of successfully completing a state-approved driver’s education course and will also need parental consent.

Are you required to take the written test when renewing, and if so every time you renew or just sometimes? What are the conditions if just sometimes?

You do not have to retake the written test when you renew your license unless it has been expired for more than             1 year.

If you’re new to state are you required to take the written test?

If you hold a valid driver’s license from another state, or a license that has not been expired for more than 1 year, then you are not required to take either part (written or on-road) of the driver’s examination.

Who has to take the behind the wheel / on-road driving test?

Anyone who is getting their driver’s license for the first time must pass both the written and driving tests. Additionally, you will also be required to re-pass both tests if your driver’s license has expired and you want to renew it.

Virginia DMV Motorcycle Permit Test Info

How old must you be to take the written test?

You must be of legal driving age in Virginia before you can take the test. If you are under 18 years of age you must also have parental consent.

How many questions are on the test?

There are 25 questions on the test.

How many must you get correct to pass?

You must answer at least 20 questions correctly in order to pass.

What are the permit restrictions for motorcycles?

You cannot drive on highways, drive during hours of darkness, or carry any passengers.

Do you need to take an on-road motorcycle driving test?

Yes, you are required to pass a practical on-road motorcycle skill test in order to get your motorcycle license. If you take the state-approved Virginia Rider Training Program the on-road test will be included as a part of the course.

Are there any other state specific age requirements or restrictions for motorcycles?

If you are under 19 years of age and have never held a motorcycle license then you are required to hold a motorcycle learner’s permit for at least 9 months and complete the Virginia Rider Training Program before you can receive a full motorcycle license.

What is the helmet law is this state?

All operators and passengers of a motorcycle are required to wear a protective helmet meeting state-approved safety standards at all times while operating or riding on the motorcycle, regardless of their age.

Virginia Watercraft Written Safety Test Info

Is there such a test in the state?

Yes; boaters of a certain age in Virginia are required to have a boating safety education course completion card and must complete a boating education course approved by the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fishing and NASBLA.

Who has to take the test?

As of July 2, 2011 all boaters 50 and under who want to operate personal watercraft, and all boaters 20 and under who want to operate a motorized boat with more than 10 HP, are required to complete a certified boating safety course before they can operate such vessels on Virginia waterways. However, new requirements are currently being phased in and by 2016 boating safety education will be mandatory for all boaters in the state, regardless of age.

How many questions are on the test?

Virginia boating safety courses are administered by a variety of different organizations, and testing requirements may vary for each one. You can find a list of all approved safety courses on the Boat Virginia website organized by zip code, which you may use to contact the instructor of a course near you for more specific information regarding testing requirements.