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    Get a Learner Permit in Virginia

    You're eligible to obtain a learner's permit upon turning 15 years and 6 months old. All Virginia teens younger than 18 years old are required to carry a learner's permit for a minimum of 9 months. Drivers 18 years old and older are given the option of completing a drivers ed course or holding a learner's permit for 60 days before applying for a driver's license.

    A) Ace a Few DMV Permit Practice Tests

    Prepare for the written test by taking multiple practice exams. All questions are similar to those found on the actual permit test. Questions and answers are directly based on topics covered in Virginia's Driver's Manual.

    B) Gathered Required Documents and Virginia Permit Fees

    Arrive at your local DMV service center with:

    * You'll apply for your learner's permit and driver's license at the same time, which includes paying all permit and licensing fees.

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    C) Take the Written Permit Test

    Visit any DMV service center to take the written (knowledge) test. Exams are administered on a walk-in basis only. In addition, you'll also be required to take a vision screening. Pass both tests and you'll leave the service center with a learner's permit.

    Retake the Written Permit test

    You must, if younger than 18 years old, wait 15 days before trying again. If you're 18 years old or older, you do not have to wait 15 days to retake the test though you will be charged a $2 fee if you do not wait. If you fail the exam 3 times and you must, regardless of age, complete the classroom portion of a state-approved drivers education course.

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