✅ Updated June 2021

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Ultimate guide to getting your driver's license in Virginia

Here's the ultimate guide to getting your driver's license in Virginia. We've simplified the entire process for you so you can save time.

 

What You’ll Need to Get your Virginia DMV Driver License

  • Completed Driver’s License and Identification Card Application (Form DL 1P)

 

  • Proof of your:
    • Identity (e.g. U.S. passport, out-of-state driver's license, birth certificate).
    • Legal U.S. presence (e.g. U.S. Passport, U.S. birth certificate, foreign passport with visa and I-94 printout, permanent resident card, U.S. citizenship certificate).
    • Virginia residency (e.g. mortgage statement, recent utility bill, paycheck stub).
    • Social Security number(SSN) (e.g. Social Security card, paycheck stub, Social Security statement), if you have one.

 

What You’ll Do to Get your Virginia DMV Driver License

  • Step 1: Read the Virginia Driver Handbook and take online practice exams to prepare for the written test
  • Step 2: Visit your nearest DMV office to apply for your Learner’s Permit (optional: make an appointment!)
    • Submit the required documents & ID
    • Pass the written test
    • Pass the vision test
    • Submit payment
    • Receive your Learner’s Permit
  • Step 3: Practice driving for at least 60 days (accompanied by a licensed driver over age 21, or a close family member over age 18)
  • Step 4: Visit your nearest DMV office to apply for your Class D driver’s license (optional: make an appointment!)
    • Submit the required documents & ID
    • Pass the road test
    • Submit payment
    • Receive a temporary driver’s license
  • Step 5: Receive your new Class D driver’s license via U.S. mail

 

Caveats and Exceptions to Getting your Virginia Driver License

  • Under age 18?  Then you will need to complete the Graduated Driver’s License program in order to obtain your Class D driver’s license.

 

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