This Step: Practice Driving
Practice Driving in West Virginia
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
- You must be accompanied in the front seat by a licensed driver 21 or older
- Driver only between 5 a.m. and 10 p.m.
- No more than two additional non-family passengers
- No use of cell phone for talking or texting
Class E Instruction Permit
You can only drive while accompanied in the front seat by another licensed driver 21 or older.
B) Get on the Road
Instruction permit holders must log a minimum of 50 hours of supervised driving, with 10 of the hours occurring at night. Class E instruction permit holders are exempt from this requirement.
C) Get Proof of Practice Hours
Use West Virginia's log sheet to record your hours. Any licensed driver 21 or older may initial the practice hours, but your parent or guardian must sign the bottom of the form. No log sheet needed if you enroll in a drivers ed class. A provided drivers education card will certify your hours.