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Practice Driving in West Virginia

WV Practice Driving

Your instruction permit allows you to gain valuable driving experience in preparation for the license exam. But before you get behind-the-wheel, be aware of the restrictions you must follow. Driving in violation of West Virginia's mandated restrictions could lead to the suspension or revocation of driving privileges, delaying your pursuit of a drivers license.

A) Know Your Instruction Permit's Restrictions

Instruction Permit

  • You must be accompanied in the front seat by a licensed driver 21 years old or older
  • Driver only between 5 a.m. and 10 p.m.
  • No more than 2 additional non-family passengers
  • No use of cell phone for talking or texting

Class E Instruction Permit (At Least 18 Years Old)

You can only drive while accompanied in the front seat by another licensed driver 21 years old or older.

B) Get on the Road

Instruction permit holders must log a minimum of 50 hours of supervised driving, with 10 hours occurring at night. Class E instruction permit holders are exempt from this requirement.

C) Get Proof of Practice Hours

Use West Virginia's 50-Hour Certification Log for Driver's License Applicants Under Age 18 (Form DMV-10-GDL) to record your hours. Any licensed driver 21 years old or older may initial the practice hours, but your parent or guardian must sign the bottom of the form. No log sheet is needed if you enroll in a drivers ed class. A provided drivers education card will certify your hours.

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