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.

Your Virginia DMV Practice Tests

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Your Virginia DMV Handbooks

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Virginia Driver's License Resources

Anyone getting their Virginia driver’s license for the first time, or needing to renew or get an in-state license, probably has to pass one written test or another. To help with that, we have arranged a list of Virginia driver’s license resources to help you pass that test and to learn what you need to know.

Teen Permit Test

Although teenagers are often the ones learning to drive for the first time, the Virginia permit practice test is for anyone who needs a permit and has never held a driver’s license before. The permit is necessary to getting your Virginia driver’s license.

Renewing Driver’s License Test

If you are renewal your Virginia driver’s license, you may or may not have to take the Virginia driver’s license renewal test. You would only have to take this test if your Virginia driver's license has been expired for more than a year.

New to State Driver’s License Test

If you are new to the state of Virginia, and your license has been expired for over a year, then you do have to take the Virginia new to state driver’s license test. Use this practice test to get your Virginia driver’s license.

State Driving Manual / Handbook

Of course, you aren’t going to pass any of these tests if you don’t first read the Virginia driving manual. It tells you everything you need to know for the test, and has the most accurate and up-to-date information. Click the link to download the latest version.

Road Signs Practice Test

The road signs may be the same in every state, but every state also includes one road sign question on the written exam. Don’t take these for granted. Use the Virginia road signs practice test to get these questions right.

Virginia Driver’s License Blog Posts

We also have our daily driver blog that publishes posts about preparing for the test, safe driving, and current driving laws. Below are a few links we recommend reading so that you are not only prepared to take the driver’s license test, but also prepared to drive with your license in the state:

What to Do When Your Car is Broken Into

3 Car Maintenance Basics You Ought to Know

How a New Driver Can Save Money

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.