Obtaining A New Virginia Drivers License

Applying for a new drivers license in Virginia? The Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has a process in place for getting a driverse license, which requires exams and documentation. We've collected up-to-date information, and links to useful resources, to help save you time when going through the process. Select from the options below to get started. 

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1: Get Started with Online Application Assistance

Application assistance services can simplify the process for many DMV related services for a fee, including: renewing your license, applying for a license, registering a vehicle, replacing your license, changing your address and more. Other benefits include an ongoing monthly newsletter and a quarterly magazine covering important updates that affect drivers, important safety tips, trends, legislative updates and ways to save money on vehicle-related services.

2: By mail

Some drivers prefer to handle the renewal process by mail, rather than taking advantage of assistance services, visiting the DMV in person, or via available online services. Service by mail is available with limitations. Read below for additional details or visit your local DMV.

3: Via a DMV office

If your specific needs require an in-person visit, most, if not all, driver license services can be handled at your local DMV office. Varying DMV offices sometimes supply different types of services so you will need to check before your visit to make sure the DMV closest to you provides the service you require. In addition, you can call to see if your DMV allows you to make a personal appointment.

To get your your new Virginia drivers license, you will need to apply at your local DMV office. Here are the required documents:

Under 19

  • One proof of identity
  • One proof of legal presence
  • One proof of Virginia residency
  • Proof of your Social Security number (if you have one)

Over 19

  • Two proofs of identity
  • One proof of legal presence
  • One proof of Virginia residency
  • Proof of your Social Security number (if you have one)

This interactive document guide will show you what documents are accepted:

Note: All your documents must be original.

Other Requirements

  • If you previously have been found not innocent of any offense by a juvenile and domestic relations court in Virginia or any other state, you must obtain that court's approval to be licensed.
  • If you are 19 or older, will need to hold a learner’s permit for 60 days and show that you have passed a state-approved driving course.
  • If under 19, you will need to pass a driver’s education course. A parent or guardian must sign your certificate that states you have spent at least 45 hours driving and at least 15 after sunset.

Fill out the application form (http://www.dmv.virginia.gov/webdoc/pdf/dl1p.pdf). If you are younger than 18, your parent must sign consent.

To help prepare for the various tests, download and read a copy of the driver’s manual: http://www.dmv.state.va.us/webdoc/citizen/drivers/manual.asp. You must pass the following:

  • Vision test
  • Two-part knowledge exam
  • Road test

Additional Information

  • License is valid for eight years and expires on your birthday
  • If under 18, the learner’s permit will expire when you reach your 20th birthday.
  • Drivers license fees are $4 per year

Are You Moving to a Different State?

If you are relocating to another state, you might also want to consider acquiring a new drivers license. For more information on that process, click here.

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