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    Get a Learner Permit in West Virginia

    Getting an instruction permit is the first step in West Virginia's Graduated Driver License (GDL) program. You're eligible to apply if you're

    15 to 17 years old. If you're 18 years old or older, and have never owned a driver's license, you instead must begin with a regular Class E (non-GDL) instruction permit.

    A) Ace a Few DMV Practice Tests

    Practice tests allow you to gauge your test-readiness. All questions are similar to those found on the actual written test, based on information contained in West Virginia's Licensing Handbook.

    B) Gather Required Documents and West Virginia Permit Fees

    On the day of the written test you'll need to bring:

    • Either a certified birth certificate or a valid U.S. passport
    • Social Security card
    • Proof of West Virginia residency
    • School Driver Eligibility Certificate, if applicable
    • A completed driver license application
    • Payment for all applicable fees

    C)Take the Written Permit Test

    Visit your local DMV office to take the written test. Exams are given on a walk-in basis only. While there, you'll also be required to take a vision test. Pass both to receive your permit.

    GDL Instruction Permit

    This permit, which is non-renewable, does not expire until 30 days after your 18th birthday.

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