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So you've taken your first step towards becoming a new driver in West Virginia? Congratulations!
As you probably already know, driving is a valuable skill, but can also be extremely dangerous. Therefore, to help new teen drivers develop safe driving habits during their first few years behind the wheel, the State of West Virginia has implemented a graduated driver license program for West Virginia drivers who are under the age of 18.
We’ve summarized a few things you’ll need to know as you begin the process of becoming a licensed driver in West Virginia.
You may apply for an instruction permit in West Virginia once you turn 15.
When you're ready to get it, go down to your local driver's license office with the following paperwork:
At the driver's license office, you will be given a written (knowledge) test. If you pass it, you will be issued an instruction permit (which is valid until your 18th birthday).
You may apply for your intermediate license after you turn 16, provided you have met the following requirements:
When you're ready, call your local driver's license office and schedule an appointment to take your road test. Again, you will need to brigin your ID documents, your parent/guardian, $5 for the fee, and your instruction permit. If you pass the road test, you will be issued an intermediate license.
Warning--if you receive two (2) or more moving violations, your intermediate license will be suspended until you turn 18.
After you turn 18, and provided you've had your intermediate license for at least 1 year, you may apply for your Class E (full, unrestricted) license and the above restrictions will no longer apply to you.
State law requires that you have at least a certain amount of auto insurance/liability coverage on any vehicle you drive. The minimum amount of liability coverage required in West Virginia is as follows:
$20,000--personal injury (1 person)
$40,000--personal injury (2 or more people)
$10,000--property damage per accident
Driving without required liability coverage is a crime. If you are found to be driving while uninsured, you risk losing your license and paying a hefty fine.
Driving while under the influence of alcohol is strictly prohibited in West Virginia--and this law is strictly enforced.
Upon your FIRST conviction of a DUI, you will face the following penalties:
These penalties are even more harsh if your BAC level is .15 or higher, or if you have a minor under the age of 16 in the car at the time you get busted.
Repeat DUI violations will result in even more severe penalties, including jail time, fines, and the revocation of your driver's license.
West Virginia currently prohibits teen-aged drivers from using cell phones while driving (even if they are "hands-free"). Texting while driving is absolutely, 100% prohibited.
For a list of approved drivers education courses available, please visit the West Virginia Department of Transportation website.
In most states, you must be at least 15 1/2 to take drivers ed for your learners permit. You should check with your state's Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) (or whichever state agency handles the issuance of drivers licenses in West Virginia) to make sure that you are eligible to take West Virginia driver education.
Please be aware that although CyberEdDriverEd.com is sufficient for fulfilling driver education requirements in some states, in other states CyberEdDriverEd.com is only offered as a supplement to the driver education and/or training you will receive at a state-approved driving school. To find out if CyberEdDriverEd.com will meet your state's minimum driver education requirements, we recommend that you check with the West Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV).
The West Virginia online driver ed course offered by CyberEdDriverEd.com is about 30 hours long. However, in some states where timers are not required you may not have to spend an entire 30 hours taking the course.
Please be aware that while in some states CyberEdDriverEd.com is sufficient for fulfilling your state's driver education requirements, in other states CyberEdDriverEd.com is offered as a supplement to the actual driver education and/or training you will receive at a state-approved driving school. To find out if CyberEdDriverEd.com will meet your state's minimum driver education requirements, please contact your local DMV office.