Questions about Online Drivers Ed in Virginia (FAQs)
The Virginia DMV only allows homeschooled students to do their drivers education course online. If you are homeschooled, the first step in getting your Virginia learners permit is to complete an online drivers education course such as the one we offer. In order to apply for your learners permit, you must be at least 15 years and 6 months old. If you are under the age of 18 you must present:
- A completion certificate from an approved driver education course
- Proof of identity,
- Proof of your Social Security number
- Proof of legal presence
- Proof of Virginia residency
When you apply for your permit you will also apply for your drivers license and pay both application fees. The parent or legal guardian who will be giving you behind-the-wheel driving instruction will also need to review and complete the required 90-minute parent/legal guardian and student driver education component part of the course. The 90-minute component is part of the classroom portion of the driver education curriculum. This 90-minute component must be completed by both the parent/legal guardian and the student driver.
Parents/legal guardians: You will also need to include a letter from the school division superintendent or designee acknowledging that the child is home-schooled, or a copy of notification to the school division superintendent or designee of your intent to home-school the child. Enclose the original proof of completion of the classroom portion of the driver education program, and mail to:
Department of Motor Vehicles
Commercial Licensing Work Center
P.O. Box 27412
Richmond, VA 23269-0001
Before you start this course, I Drive Safely must obtain the following documents:
- Application to take the I Drive Safely online course.
- A letter from the school division superintendent or designee acknowledging that the student is home-schooled for this current school year.
Virginia Course Registration – District 8
The Virginia General Assembly passed legislation requiring all students in Planning District 8 (Arlington County, Fairfax County, Loudoun County, Prince William County, Alexandria City, Fairfax City, Falls Church City, Manassas City or Manassas Park City) to complete a 90-minute parent/teen presentation with a parent as a part of driver education. This I Drive Safely course now includes this component.
Our online Virginia teen drivers ed program is a state-mandated 36 hours long. The information in our course is separated into 8 chapters, each covering a specific topic regarding driving in Virginia. Once you complete each chapter, you’ll be given a 10-question multiple-choice quiz. At the end of the course, you’ll be given a 50-question final exam. If you pass the final with a score of 80% or greater, you’ll complete the course.
The parent/legal guardian is required to review and complete the required 90-minute parent/legal guardian and student driver education component as part of the classroom portion of the driver education curriculum. The parent/legal guardian understands and agrees that the 90-minute curriculum must be completed by both the parent/legal guardian and the student driver. The course completion certificate will reflect both parent/legal guardian and student driver completion of the 90-minute curriculum.
Yes. Our 36-hour course is DMV-approved and meets all the requirements set forth by the Virginia DMV.
Not to worry. You’re allowed unlimited retakes on the final exam for free – you can take the final until you pass it!
Virginia Learners Permit and Drivers License Information
- Where do I need to go to get my Virginia learners permit?
- Do I need my parents’ permission to get my learners permit?
- How long do I have to have my Virginia learners permit before I can get my license?
- What do I need to do to get my Virginia drivers license?
- What will I need to bring with me to the DMV to get my drivers license?
- I have more questions – who can I talk to?
- What is Roadside Assistance?
- I have questions about my Roadside Assistance. Who should I contact?
- How do I cancel my Roadside Assistance?
Virginia Learners Permit and Drivers License Information
You can go to any Virginia DMV office that issues permits or licenses.
If you’re a minor, your parents or legal guardian needs to sign your learners permit application.
If you are under the age of 18 you must hold your learners permit for at least 9 months before you can obtain your drivers license. If you are over the age of 18 you must hold your learners permit for at least 30 days before you can obtain your license unless you present proof that you completed a state-approved driver education program.
In the state of Virginia you apply for your drivers license at the same time that you apply for your learners permit. If you are under the age of 18 your parent or guardian must sign your application. To get your Virginia drivers license, you must be at least 16 years and 3 months old and have:
- Had a learners permit for at least 6 months
- Passed the DMV road test
When you apply for a learners permit or a drivers license, you must show:
- Proof of legal presence (legal presence means that a person is either a U.S. citizen or is legally authorized to be in the United States)
- Proof of Virginia residency.
- Your Social Security number (if you have been issued one).
Certificate that reflects completion of the course including the 90-minute legal guardian curriculum.
All documents must be originals and will be subject to verification.
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At I Drive Safely, we are passionate about creating safe drivers, and it’s with your safety in mind that we teamed up with Allstate Roadside Services to provide I Drive Safely students with three months of free roadside assistance. A great deal and peace of mind? It doesn’t get much better than that.
Here’s how it works:
- Sign up for your I Drive Safely Drivers Ed or Defensive Driving course.
- During checkout, be sure to opt in to your free trial of Roadside Assistance. This will set you up with three free months of roadside assistance. Please keep in mind that this enrollment opportunity is only available during checkout – don’t miss out! After your trial ends, your card will be charged $5/month, and you can cancel at any time.
- Hit the road with peace of mind knowing you are covered with emergency roadside assistance.
What you’ll get:
- Roadside coverage available 24/7, anywhere in the United States
- Anyone in the I Drive Safely driver’s family can use it!
- Digital tools to help you get the right service fast
- Towing, fuel delivery, lockout service, and more!
- For more information about the benefits involved, check out our terms and conditions here.
For more details, check our Terms and Conditions here.
Got more questions? Contact our dedicated I Drive Safely Roadside Assistance line:
Contact our dedicated I Drive Safely Roadside Assistance line:
If you need to use your Roadside Assistance Benefits, contact Allstate Roadside Services directly at 1-855-520-3691.
If you would like to cancel your Roadside Assistance, simply contact our dedicated Roadside Assistance agents.