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West Virginia Driver's License

What should I expect on my WV Driving Exam?

Your examiner wants to see that you are capable of driving safely and effectively. During your WV Driving Exam, you want to make sure that you are not driving too quickly or too slowly; you want to accelerate smoothly and gradually. Obey all stop signs and traffic signals, do not tailgate other vehicles and stay in the correct lane. You should also know what various street signs and traffic signals indicate to drivers on the road.

What happens after I pass my WV Permit Test?

If you pass your WV Permit Test, you will receive your WV Learner's Permit. In most instances, applicants will need to maintain their Learner's Permit for 6 months before they can take their WV Driving Exam. During this time, you should complete 50 hours of behind-the-wheel training. If you are over 18, you may only need to maintain your Learner's Permit for a minimum of thirty days.

How should I practice driving for my WV Driving Exam?

You should practice and develop a number of safe driving skills. You should feel comfortable accelerating smoothly and gradually, passing through intersections safely, changing lanes effectively, coming to a complete stop at stop signs and traffic signals, sharing the road with other drives, maintaining the speed limit, staying in the correct lane and more. Remember during your exam, your primary responsibility is to demonstrate to your examiner that you know how to drive safely and effectively.

Where can I practice driving for my WV Driving Exam?

Anywhere in West Virginia as long the road or street is public and as you are accompanied by a licensed driver, who is 21 years old or older, whenever you are behind the wheel. You should begin practicing in familiar areas then progress to different areas that will test your driving knowledge and your adaptability to different driving situations.

What do I need to know to pass my WV Permit Test?

To give yourself the best chance of passing your WV Permit Test, you should read the entire Manual. The Permit Test will test your knowledge of traffic safety laws, speed limits, traffic violations, road signs, signaling devices and many more topics that are covered in the WV Driver's Manual.

Is the WV Permit Test open book?

No. You are not allowed to use your WV Driver's Manual or any other study material while you take your WV Permit Test.

What happens if I fail my WV Permit Test?

There are a few reasons, test takers fail their WV Permit Test. A test taker who fails may not have studied thoroughly. Or he or she may have been nervous, anxious and/or distracted on the day of the test. If you fail your WV Permit Test, you will not receive your WV Learner's Permit, and you will need to retake the exam. You are able to do so after one week has passed, however, do not rush retaking the exam. Take your time. Read the entire WV Driver's Manual again and answer test questions on our website [link] so that the next time you take the WV Permit Test you have the best chance of passing.

Is there anything I should do the night before my WV Permit Test?

Don't cram the night before your exam. Instead, you should review the notes and information you have already studied. If you've done a thorough job studying, the night before should be a quiet review session. It's also a good idea to take a few practice questions on our website [link]. Get a good night's rest as well.
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