Virginia Driver Education Program: adult waiver

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What is the Adult Waiver?

The Adult Waiver is the completion certificate for adults, age 18 or older, who complete a Virginia approved driver education program consisting of driver education and behind-the-wheel. The submission of this certificate to DMV will waive the holding period of the learner's permit and the road skills test at DMV.


The information provided on this page lists the requirements, expectations, and course fees for the behind-the-wheel in-car course which is the last step in earning your adult waiver.

What does the Behind-the-Wheel In-Car Course consist of?

The behind-the-wheel course consists of 7 classes (1 class per day) of in-car instruction. The road skills test is given during the seventh instruction period. Upon successful completion of the course and the road test, students will receive an adult waiver that must be submitted to DMV to have their driver's license issued.


We recommend the student or parent discuss any learning or physical disabilities with us before registering. We appreciate advance notice in these situations so that we may work together to determine if the student will be successful at our school.

Students Must Have The Requirements Listed Below To Register For The Behind-the-Wheel In-Car Course:

Requirement 1

A valid Virginia learner's permit.


Regardless of age, a learner's permit is required because legally a person cannot drive a vehicle without a driving credential.


If the student has an out-of-country driver's license, then they must contact DMV to see if they are permitted to drive with that document. The student must also provide the school with a Virginia DMV customer number received from the DMV.

Requirement 2

A Virginia-approved driver education course certificate of completion.


Certificate must have school name, school code, hours completed, date of completion and school official's signature. If the student has completed driver education at a public school or at a driving school, then they must submit the original certificate of completion. A copy or a transcript will not be accepted.


If the student has never taken Driver Education, then the student must enroll in the course before they can enroll in the in-car course to earn an adult waiver. If the student takes both driver education and behind-the-wheel at the same school, then the courses can be taken simultaneously. Click the button below for our online course information and fee.

More Information

Scheduling Drive Time

Program Not Required for Adults

Driving Experience Expected

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During the school year, adult classes are mostly scheduled and completed before 3:00 pm. This is because teen classes are conducted after school hours from 3:00-8:00 pm. However, when available we can set up classes to be completed after 3:00 pm.


During the summer, more of our adult students are able to get classes scheduled and completed after 3:00 pm..

Driving Experience Expected

Program Not Required for Adults

Driving Experience Expected

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Individuals should be able to demonstrate proficiency in driving skills. The behind-the-wheel course does not include teaching a student how to drive. Students should already be a skilled, experienced driver to show that they are prepared for a driver's license.


However, if a student needs to be taught skills or how to drive we can include teaching skills for a higher fee. Students entering this course with minimal or no skills and experience should know that 6.5 hours of driving may not be enough time to learn and perform the skills necessary for a driver's license and should plan to practice on their own time.

Program Not Required for Adults

Program Not Required for Adults

Program Not Required for Adults

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The Driver Education Program is not required for adults applying for a driver's license. Individuals age 18 and older must hold the learner's permit for a period of 60 days before they can return to the DMV to take the road test. Road test applicants must complete and submit the CSMA 19 form (downloads below) with a licensed driver when arriving to take the road test.

Course Fee

Regarding the behind-the-wheel course, students must meet the driver skill requirements to keep the course fee of a skilled, experienced student driver. Adult students who do not meet the skill requirements may be removed from the course or can remain in the course and be responsible for paying the portion of the course fee for a student driver with minimal or no skills and experience.

Enrollment Process

Complete Enrollment & Reserve a Seat in the Course

  1. Complete and submit the registration form via the link below.
  2. A contract will be drafted and edited based on the information provided on your registration. 
  3. A 40% non-refundable deposit is required with the submission of the contract. Do not make a payment until after you have read, signed the contract and submitted the signed contract to the school. Our refund policy can be viewed here


***Deposits are not required during the suspension period of driver training, 03/24/2020 - 06/10/2020.***


Allow at least 24 to 48 hours to receive your email response. Registration submitted on a weekend or holiday may have a longer wait period. Contact us if you have any questions. Please check your spam or junk folder for an email before contacting us regarding emails.


COVID-19 Update:

We are expecting to resume driver training after June 10 when Executive Directive 7 expires. If the Governor makes any amendments to Executive Directive 7 delaying the reopening of driver training at driving schools, then an update will be sent via email to enrolled and registered students. 


We will be scheduling students on our wait list in the order that registration was received. However, we do have a group of students who had to pause their courses or lessons because of the COVID-19 outbreak and they will be scheduled for completion first.