Virginia Driver Education Program: Teen Driver's License

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What is the Teen Driver's License?

Teens, age 15.5 to age 17, get a Virginia Driver Training Certificate when they complete a Virginia approved driver education program consisting of driver education and behind-the-wheel. 


The certificate is a valid 180-day temporary driver's license when accompanied by a valid Virginia learner's permit. A student must have possessed the learner's permit for at least 9 months and be at least 16 years and 3 months old to use the 180-day temporary driver's license. Parent or guardian must sign and give permission for the issuance of the teen's 180-day temporary driver's license.

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 class must have at least 2 students and no more than 3 students per student driver vehicle. Each class is approximately 2 hours in the vehicle, 50 minutes of driving and 50 minutes of observation. 


The road skills test is given during the seventh instruction period. Upon successful completion of the course and the road test, students will have their driver's license issued. If the student's eligibility date for use of the license is more than a month away, then parents' can ask that the driving school hold the license until the eligibility date is closer.

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.


If you are from out-of-state, to obtain a Virginia learner's permit, you will be required to surrender your out of state learner's permit, complete a knowledge exam, meet the identity, legal presence, residency, and social security requirements. The time in which you held your out-of-state learner's permit will be counted toward the Virginia minimum holding period for a learner's permit.

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.


Students who transfer to Virginia from another state or U.S. territory must have documentation of at least 30 hours of classroom instruction from a state-approved program to be eligible for in-car instruction. Contact DMV or DOE to determine if the out-of-state classroom driver education course meets Virginia’s requirements.


Students who have never taken driver education must enroll in the course before they can enroll in the in-car course to earn a driver's license. 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.

Requirement 3

A driving log with at least 30 hours of on the road guided practice completed and logged.


However, as part of Virginia’s graduated licensing programs, teen drivers must have 45 hours of on the road driving practice, 15 of which must be after sunset, before they can be issued their driver's license. 


Teens should be able to demonstrate an understanding of traffic laws and driving skills when they enter the student driver vehicle on the first day of class. This course is not to teach teens how to drive but to observe skills, correct bad habits, give help with skills/maneuvers as needed, and grade skills.

Requirement 4 (Williamsburg - James City County Residents ONLY)

Proof of completion of the 90-minute parent/teen component of driver education.


Some school divisions outside of Planning District 8 require the completion of this component as part of the classroom portion of driver education for individuals under age 18. Students, along with their parent, guardian, or foster parent, can complete the component in person at their high school or online at http://www.90minparentteen.org/


This additional minimum 90-minute parent/student driver education component is part of the in-classroom portion of the driver education curriculum and emphasizes parental responsibilities regarding juvenile driver behavior, juvenile driving restrictions and the dangers of driving while intoxicated and underage consumption of alcohol.

More Information

How We Schedule Classes

How We Schedule Classes

How We Schedule Classes

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The dates and times for classes are scheduled by the driving school. Class dates are posted online and students can register for the class that best fits their schedule. Students should not register for a class if they are not available for all 7 class periods.


During the school year, teen classes are conducted after school hours usually from 3:00-8:00 pm. During the summer, teen classes can be conducted earlier in the day, such as before 3:00 pm.

Upcoming Classes

How We Schedule Classes

How We Schedule Classes

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Driving is suspended until Executive Directive 7 expires on June 10 or is rescinded.


Social distancing is an important step in slowing the spread of COVID-19 and is not possible to maintain while conducting driver training.

Have Questions?

How We Schedule Classes

Have Questions?

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Visit our Parents' Corner. If you still have questions, give us a call at 757-926-5956 or email us at info@topnotchdriving.net.

Course Fee

Regarding the behind-the-wheel course, students must meet the driver skill requirements. Teen students who do not meet the skill requirements may be removed from the course and either refunded or registration can be held until they have the skills needed for the course.

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.