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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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Virginia Driver's License Practice Test

Virginia Driver's License Practice Test

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Virginia Driver's License Practice Test
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Virginia Driver's License Practice Test 2

Virginia Driver's License Practice Test 2

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Virginia Driver's License Practice Test 2
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Virginia Driver's License Practice Test 3

Virginia Driver's License Practice Test 3

Is it time for your DMV Driver's License test?

Virginia Driver's License Practice Test 3
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Virginia Driver's License Practice Test 4

Virginia Driver's License Practice Test 4

Find out how prepared you really are for the DMV Driver's License Test.

Virginia Driver's License Practice Test 4
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Virginia Driver's License Practice Test 5

Virginia Driver's License Practice Test 5

Learn how to pass your Driver's License Test the first time!

Virginia Driver's License Practice Test 5
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Virginia Road Signs and Traffic Signals Test

Virginia Road Signs and Traffic Signals Test

Practice your Virginia Road Signs and Traffic Signals with this FREE practi

Virginia Road Signs and Traffic Signals Test
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Virginia DMV Handbooks

Virginia CDL Handbook

Virginia CDL Handbook

Virginia CDL Handbook
Virginia Driver's License Handbook

Virginia Driver's License Handbook

Virginia Driver's License Handbook
Virginia Motorcycle Handbook

Virginia Motorcycle Handbook

Virginia Motorcycle Handbook

Virginia DMV Frequently Asked Questions

Table of Contents

  • After You Have Passed Your VA Driving Exam
  • Applying For Your VA Driver's License
  • Preparing For Your VA Driving Exam (Or Road Test)
  • Preparing For Your VA Permit Test
  • Renewing Your VA Driver's License
  • Taking Your VA Driving Exam (Or Road Test)
  • Taking Your VA Permit Test
  • What If You're Moving To Virginia (Or Just Visiting)
Why is car insurance more expensive for new drivers in VA?

New drivers and inexperienced drivers (especially teens) have a higher risk of being in an accident, insurance companies often charge more to cover them.

How much does car insurance typically cost in Virginia?

Prices vary depending on your car, your driving record, your age and other factors. Most VA residents pay $1,100 annually.

What documents do I need to bring with me when I apply for car insurance in Virginia?

The required documents may vary depending on the policies of the insurance company to which you are applying. Generally, you should bring information related to your vehicle, and you should be able to provide basic information about yourself (proof your identity, residency, etc.).

Do I need to get car insurance?

Yes. You do. In Virginia you must carry insurance up to $25,000 for bodily injury for one person.

If I am under 18 are there any limitations on my license?

Yes there are limitations. If you are under 18, you are not allowed to use electronic devices (e.g. cellphones or iPads). Additionally, you are not allowed to drive between midnight and 4 AM, and you are not allowed to have more than one passenger, who is under 18, in the car with you during the first year after receiving your Driver's License.

What happens after I pass my VA Driving Exam?

After you have passed your VA Driving Exam, you will pay (or confirm payment) of your license fee, which is $4 per year. If you are 19 or older, you will receive your license in the mail. For new drivers under the age of 19, you will receive your license at a licensing ceremony. Information about your licensing ceremony and its date will be sent by mail to your home.

How To Get A Virginia Driver’s License

Learning to drive is exciting, but it’s also a huge responsibility. The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) requires potential drivers to demonstrate knowledge and skills behind the wheel before allowing them the privilege of driving with no restrictions. This is required for all new drivers, as well as those moving to Virginia whose licenses have expired before arrival.

The requirements to obtain a VA driver’s license will vary slightly based on whether you are a minor or adult, as well as whether you’re applying for a standard license or a REAL ID-compliant license.

Learner’s Permits for Virginia Drivers

Before applying for your first Virginia driver’s license, all applicants—regardless of age—must first obtain a learner’s permit. You may apply for a VA learner’s permit when you are at least 15 years and 6 months old.

When you apply for your VA learner’s permit, you’ll also apply for your eventual driver’s license at the same time. This means you’ll only pay the fees for your combined permit/license once.

Generally, to earn your permit you will need to schedule an appointment and:

  • Submit a completed Driver's License and Identification Card Application (form DL 1P).
    • If you’re younger than 18 years old, your parent/guardian must sign your form to provide their consent.
  • Provide proof of your:
    • Identity.
    • Citizenship or authorized presence.
    • Social Security number.
    • Virginia residency.
      • Your acceptable documents will differ slightly based on whether you want a federally compliant REAL ID or a non-compliant license. The VA DMV provides lists of acceptable documents for REAL IDs and non-compliant licenses, as well as an interactive document guide to help you determine which license you’re eligible for.
  • Pass the knowledge exam and a vision test.
  • Pay the following fees:
    • Driver’s license: $20-32 ($4/year of validity)
    • Learner’s permit: Additional $3
    • REAL ID (if desired): Additional $10

With your Virginia permit, you may drive only while adhering to the following restrictions:

  • You must have a supervising licensed driver at least 21 years old seated next to you, or a driver at least 18 years old if that person is an immediate family member or legal guardian.
  • You may not drive between midnight and 4 AM.
  • You may only carry one passenger under 18 years old.

If you’re 18 years old or older, you must hold your permit for at least 60 days before taking the road test and applying for your unrestricted license—skip ahead to the section for adult unrestricted license below for details.

If you’re under 18 years old, you must hold your permit for at least 9 months before you can move on to earning an intermediate license, called a juvenile driver’s license in Virginia.

Virginia Juvenile Driver’s Licenses for Minors

For drivers under 18 years old, the first Virginia license you’ll receive (after your permit) is an intermediate license called a juvenile driver’s license. Before applying for this provisional driver’s license, you must first have:

  • Be at least 16 years and 3 months old.
  • Held your learner’s permit for at least 9 months with no moving violations.
  • Completed a state-approved driver education course consisting of:
    • 36 hours of classroom learning.
    • 7 hours of behind-the-wheel instruction.
    • 7 hours of driving observation.
  • Completed your required practice driving hours—45 total, with 15 hours driven at night.

In Virginia, you’ll take your road test as part of your driver education course. Once you pass your Driver’s Ed program, your instructor will notify the court, and you’ll receive a notice telling you when and where to appear for a juvenile licensing ceremony.

At your ceremony, you’ll need to bring your:

  • Parent/guardian.
  • Learner’s permit.
  • Driver education completion certificate.
  • Certification from your parents of your 45 behind-the-wheel practice hours.

Your Junior Driver’s License will be restricted for 1 year. During this time, you may only drive under the following rules:

  • You may not drive between midnight and 4 AM unless you are driving to/from school or work, or due to a medical or safety emergency.
  • For the first year, you may only drive unaccompanied with one passenger under the age of 21 who is NOT an immediate family member; otherwise, a supervising driver at least 21 years old must accompany you sitting in the front seat.
  • After the first year, you may drive unaccompanied with up to three passengers who are NOT immediate family members, but ONLY if you are traveling to/from school or because of an emergency;  otherwise, a supervising driver at least 21 years old must accompany you sitting in the front seat.

These restrictions will end once you turn 18 years old, after which you will be considered a fully licensed driver.

Unrestricted Driver’s Licenses for Adult VA Drivers

For first-time drivers at least 18 years old, the next step after acquiring your Virginia learner’s permit is taking your road test and applying for your unrestricted driver’s license. First, you must either:

  • Hold your VA learner’s permit for at least 60 days AND complete a Behind-the-Wheel Checklist (form CSMA 19); or
  • Complete a state-approved driver education course. This waives the option to hold your permit for at least 60 days, though the Driver’s Ed course may take that long if not longer.

If you opt for a full driver education program, review the information above for the Juvenile Driver’s License; the steps are largely the same for adult drivers, including taking the road test as part of your course and receiving a license ceremony date.

If you opt to hold your permit and complete the checklist, your next step is to pass the Virginia DMV road test. You’ll need to bring your own vehicle to test in, along with its registration and insurance. Schedule an appointment and provide:

Once you pass your driving exam, you’ll be a fully licensed Virginia driver.

Driver’s License Requirements for New Virginia Residents

If you hold an out-of-state license and move to Virginia, you must apply for your VA driver’s license within 60 days of establishing residency in the state. If your current license is expired, you may be required to take the Virginia written knowledge exam and road test in order to obtain your new license, as well as hold a learner’s permit.

To transfer your valid/unexpired license to Virginia, make an appointment your local driver license station and:

  • Hand in your out-of-state license.
  • Pass a vision test.
    • If your out-of-state license is still valid, you won’t have to take a written test or road skills exam.
  • Submit your:
    • Completed Driver's License and Identification Card Application (form DL 1P).
      • If you’re younger than 18 years old, your parent/guardian must sign your form to provide their consent.
    • Proof of your:
      • Identity.
      • Citizenship or authorized presence.
      • Social Security number.
      • Virginia residency.
        • Your acceptable documents will differ slightly based on whether you want a federally compliant REAL ID or a non-compliant license. The VA DMV provides lists of acceptable documents for REAL IDs and non-compliant licenses, as well as an interactive document guide to help you determine which license you’re eligible for.
  • Pay the applicable license fee:
    • Driver’s license: $20-32 ($4/year of validity)
    • Learner’s permit: Additional $3
    • REAL ID: Additional $10

Virginia DMV Motorcycle Permit & License Info

To apply for a Virginia motorcycle endorsement, you must first have a valid VA driver’s license. The process mimics that of applying for a standard license—you’ll first need to pass a written exam and hold a motorcycle learner’s permit before scheduling a motorcycle road test. However, you can potentially waive both the DMV knowledge and skills tests if you complete a state-approved motorcycle rider training program.

Virginia Rider Training Program

New VA motorcycle applicants have the option to complete a Rider Training Program approved by the Virginia DMV. This course gives you the practice and mastery you need to successfully pass your motorcycle skills test.

The program includes a written knowledge test and on-cycle skills exam. If you successfully pass both, you’ll be able to apply for your Montana motorcycle license without needing to take the knowledge or skills exams through the MVD.

Once you pass your course, head to your local DMV office with:

  • Your VA driver’s license.
  • Your Rider Training Program certificate of completion.
  • A completed Driver's License and Identification Card Application (form DL 1P).
    • If you’re younger than 18 years old, your parent/guardian must sign your form to provide their consent.
  • Payment for the motorcycle endorsement fee, which is $2/year for each year of validity on your driver’s license.

Applying for a VA Motorcycle Permit and Endorsement

If you are not taking a Rider Training Program, you can instead opt for a motorcycle learner’s permit to practice riding before your road test. To obtain your permit, you must visit the DMV with:

You must hold your permit for a specific length of time depending on your age:

  • 18 years old and older: 30 days
  • Under 18 years old: 9 months

Once you’ve held your permit for the required length of time, head back to your DMV office for your on-cycle road skills exam and another vision screening. You’ll need to provide a road-safe motorcycle to test on, along with its registration and insurance.

Virginia CDL Requirements

To drive a commercial vehicle in Virginia, you must be at least 18 years old. To drive across state lines or to carry hazardous materials you must be at least 21 years old.

Regardless of age, to get your commercial driver’s license (CDL), you must first:

  1. Have a valid Virginia driver’s license.
  2. Either:
    1. Complete an approved Virginia CDL training course and hold your CLP for at least 14 days; or
    2. Forgo the training course and hold a commercial learner’s permit (CLP) for at least 30 days.

Getting Your VA Commercial Learner’s Permit

To get your CLP, visit the DMV office with:

At your appointment, you’ll take the written knowledge test and a vision exam before receiving your commercial learner permit.

Your CLP will be valid for 1 year, during which time you can practice for your commercial driver’s license road test. You can only drive when accompanied by another CDL holder in the front seat next to you who has their own CDL of the appropriate class and proper endorsements for the vehicle you’re practicing in.

Applying for a VA Commercial Driver’s License

After practicing with your CLP and holding it for the required period (either 14 or 30 days), you are eligible to apply for your full Virginia commercial driver’s license. Schedule a skills test with a qualifying branch that administers commercial road tests and bring:

  • Your CLP and Virginia driver’s license.
  • A vehicle representative of the class and type you’ll be driving, which meets all safety standards, plus its registration and insurance.
  • Your required medical cards, if applicable.

You may also need the proofs of identity you provided when you applied for your CLP. If you didn’t already pay the full cost of your license and testing fees at that time, the remainder will be due after you pass your skills exam. There’s a $50 fee if you miss your skills test appointment, so don’t be late!