Eligibility for State ID Card / Learner's Permit

In order to get a learner’s permit, you must meet the following requirements:

You must be at least 15 years and 6 months.

If you are under 18 years old, you must have written consent from your parent or legal guardian.

When you’re ready, head to your local VA DMV office and submit:

Driver’s License and Identification Card Application (Form DL 1P), 2 proofs proving identity (U.S. birth certificate, U.S. passport) and proof of:

  • Legal presence (U.S. birth certificate, Certificate of Naturalization, resident alien card).
  • Virginia residency (bank statement, school letter, report card).
  • Social Security number (Social Security card, W-2 form, 1099 form).

You will also need to pass the vision and written knowledge exams and pay the $3 permit fee and $4 per year license fee.                                             

ID card has no age restriction and is available for both adults and children.

Applicant must be a resident of Virginia, and must present:

  • Identification document(s)
  • Proof of Social Security Number
  • Proof of Virginia residency
  • Proof of legal presence

For a teen to obtain a Learner’s Permit in Virginia, the teen must have parent permission; be at least 15 years and 6 months old; provide proof of identity, residency, and legal presence (be a US citizen or legally authorized to be in the US); and pass a sign and knowledge test.

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