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Like many other states, Virginia has adopted a Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) system. This is intended to reduce the number of accidents caused inexperienced teenage drivers. The system is designed to gradually introduce inexperienced drivers to more and more driving privileges as they gain behind-the-wheel experience culminating in an official Virginia driver license.

Virginia Graduated Driver License Requirements
The GDL is intended for aspiring drivers at least 15 ? years old.

To obtain an instruction permit:

  • Must be at least 15 ? years old
  • Complete state-approved driver education program
  • Complete at least 45 hours of behind-the-wheel practice, including 15 hours of night driving
  • Pass knowledge and vision tests
  • Must provide proof of residency
  • Must have signature of parent or legal guardian
  • Pay $5 fee

The instruction permit is good for 14 months. Once the teen is 16 years, 3 months old, they will be eligible for an intermediate license, which requires a vision and knowledge test, driving exam, and $5 fee. The teen driver must maintain a clean driving record and if they’re under 18, must attend a licensing ceremony with their parents.

Virginia Teen Driver Restrictions
  • Permit holders may not drive unless accompanied by licensed parent or legal guardian, or licensed driver at least 21 years old.
  • The supervising driver must be seated in the front passenger seat at all times.
  • Intermediate License holders may not drive between 12 pm and 4 am unless accompanied by adult, except when driving to and from school, work, religious event, or an emergency.
  • Intermediate License holders may not carry non-family passengers under the age of 20 for the first 6 months.
  • Violating these conditions could result in mandatory attendance of driver improvement program or even license suspension up until a teen’s 18th birthday.