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Virginia DMV Learner's Permit FAQ

  • When can I apply for a permit in Virginia?

    Teens in Virginia can apply for a Learner’s Permit when they are 15½ years old.

  • What are the requirements to get a learners permit?

    In addition to having a parent or guardian sign your application form, you will need to pass a written driver’s knowledge test. Upon receipt of your Learner’s Permit, you will be required to have a licensed driver who is at least 21 years old seated in the front seat with you when you drive.

  • How many questions are on the permit test?

    The test has 10 road sign questions and 25 general questions.

  • How many questions must I answer correctly to pass?

    You must answer all 10 sign questions correctly and at least 20 of the general questions correctly to pass.

  • What steps should I take to prepare for the test?

    To ensure you receive your learner’s permit as fast as possible, we recommend that you study for the test. Taking online practice exams that include real sample questions from the state exam is one of the best ways to study. You can take a Virginia practice permit test right now to test your driving knowledge.

  • What percentage of people fail the permit test?

    Recent statistics indicate that approximately 50% of first-time test takers fail the exam. In many states, if you fail the exam you will have to wait at least a day to retake it and you may also have to pay a re-examination fee. You can take multiple practice exams that have been designed to closely replicate the actual test to improve your odds of passing on your first attempt.

  • How much does the permit test cost?

    There is a one-time fee of $3 for a permit.

  • Where do I take the permit test?

    The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) licenses drivers through its Driver Services Program. Visit to find an office near you.

  • What documents should I bring on test day?

    A parent or guardian will need to accompany you to the DMV office or you will need their notarized signature on your application. After providing proper identification, you will need to pass the written knowledge test to receiver your Learner’s Permit.

The Virginia DMV Permit Test — What You Need to Know

It’s hard enough having to worry about how you’re going to get from point A to point B.  But when you are stuck at home without the ability to drive it can sometimes feel like a jail sentence.  Getting your Virginia learners permit is the first step towards enjoying the freedom and independence that comes with driving.  But before you get behind the wheel, you will need to pass the mandatory state permit test.

Administered by the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), the permit test is a multiple-choice test designed to determine if you have the knowledge required to be a safe and courteous driver.  You can expect questions dealing with a wide range of topics, including Virginia’s motor vehicle laws, safe driving practices, signs, signals, and markings.

Prepare to Pass With VA DMV Practice Permit Tests

Do you know how to properly study and prepare for the written test? Would you like to pass the test without having to make a second trip to the DMV office?

We can help.

We bring you all the necessary resources to study and prepare for your Virginia permit test.  Our sample interactive Virginia practice permit tests are a great way to get instant feedback.  The tests are also designed to give you a glimpse of what the real exam is like. You’ll also find the official Virginia Driver’s Manual.  Getting a motorcycle permit?  We have a collection of study aids to help you prepare for that exam as well.

You’ll find that our resources take the guesswork out of preparing for the permit test.  Get started now! You’ll be glad you did.