Behind-the-Wheel Course for Teens (Ages 15 1/2 to 17)

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State Mandatory Course for Teens to Receive a Driver's License

The Virginia Driver Education Program must be completed by teens who want to earn a Driver's License before the age of 18. The program consists of 2 courses, Driver Education classroom or online course and Behind-the-Wheel in-car course.


The behind-the-wheel course consists of 14 50-minute periods of in-car instruction, 7 50-minute periods of driving and 7 50-minute periods of observing. That's 2 periods per day with a minimum of 2 students per car and a maximum of 3 students per car. The road skills test is given during the seventh instruction period.

To Enroll in the Behind-the-Wheel Course, Students Must Have:

1. A Valid Virginia learner's permit


2. A Virginia-approved Driver Education Course Certificate of Completion


3. AT LEAST 30 hours of the 45 hours guided practice completed and logged

  • To be issued a driver's license at the end of the course, the student must submit a completed driving log with 45 hours of driving, at least 15 of which are after sunset, that is signed by parent/guardian or mentor.


4. A Certificate for the 90-Minute Parent/Teen Component of Driver Education (Williamsburg-James City County residents ONLY)

Class Periods are Scheduled to be Completed within 2 weeks

The dates and times for the classes are scheduled on specific days by the driving school. Most classes have two time periods to choose from, normally labeled as Group 1 and Group 2. Students should not register for a class if they are not available for all 7 class periods. If a student misses a class period then they should be prepared to wait until a seat is available to make-up the class period missed.


During the school year, teen classes are conducted after school hours from 3:00-8:00 pm. We usually have 2 teen classes a month, sometimes more. 


During the summer, teen classes can be conducted during any of hour driving instruction hours which are from 9:00 am - 6:00 pm. We usually have 3-4 teen classes a month.

The 180-Day Temporary Driver's License

The course completion certificate (Virginia Driver Training Certificate) that the student receives after passing the road skills test 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.

Course Schedule

Dec. 11 - Dec. 17

Class Dates:

Dec. 11, Dec. 12, Dec. 13, Dec. 14, Dec. 15, Dec. 16, Dec. 17


Group 1: Full

Upcoming Classes

The next teen classes will be held in January 2020. Dates coming soon.


If the driving instructor is able to work a class around his personal holiday travel then a class may be held between Dec. 22 - Jan. 4

Course Fee

Enrollment Process

Follow the Steps to Complete Enrollment & Reserve a Seat in the Course

Step 1:

  • Complete and submit the registration form for the course.
  • Enrollment is limited and students are enrolled on a first come, first served basis. This process must be completed to reserve your seat otherwise the seat may be given to someone else who completes the process.


Step 2:

  • The email listed on the registration form will receive details about available classes.
  • We try to respond to all forms within 48 hours, unless it's a holiday or weekend.
  • Acknowledge receipt of the email and communicate that you are gathering the documents for enrollment. Depending on how early you are registering, we will allow a couple of days for the submission of documents.


Step 3:

  • The contract must be signed and submitted to the school, in-person or digitally, as soon as possible to reserve your seat in the course and to reserve the start date you received initially.


Step 4:

  • A 40% non-refundable cash deposit is required with the submission of the contract.
  • The balance will be due the day before or on the student's first day of the course.
  • Card payments are accepted online. In-person payments can be made with cash or money order.

Have You Read the Enrollment Process in Full?

If yes, then great! You are now ready to complete Step 1.

Click the button below to begin the enrollment process and fill out the registration form.

Have Questions?

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