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Practice Driving in Virginia

A Virginia learner's permit allows you to practice driving in preparation for the road test. But before becoming test-eligible, you must hold your permit for a minimum of 9 months while following the driving restrictions listed below.]

A) Know Your Learner's Permit Restrictions

  • You cannot drive between midnight and 4 a.m.
  • You must be accompanied in the front seat by a licensed driver 21 years old or older (or 18 years old or older if the licensed supervisor is your brother, sister, legal guardian, half-brother, half-sister, step-brother or step-sister)
  • You must carry your VA learner's permit while driving

B) Get on the Road

While holding your permit you must log 45 hours of supervised driving time. Fifteen of these hours must take place after sunset. Be sure while practicing you obey all driving rules and restrictions. Any violation could lead to the possible suspension of your driving privileges.

C) Get Proof of Practice Hours

A parent or legal guardian must confirm you completed 45 hours of driving by signing a designated line on your driver education certificate of completion. If you don't have the certificate, contact your driving school and/or driving instructor.

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