Juvenile Licensing Ceremony
The juvenile licensing ceremony is an opportunity for the Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court Judges to interact with teenagers in a positive setting. Each judge brings his or her unique style to the licensing ceremony. The ceremonies vary, depending on the needs of the jurisdiction. The ceremonies are held as frequently as once a week, or as infrequently as once every two months, depending on the needs of the locality. Half of the ceremonies take less than 30 minutes; and the other half, 30 minutes to an hour.
Some jurisdictions are unable to hold the ceremony in the courtroom due to the number of students who attend. The judges in these jurisdictions often hold the ceremony at a school and suggest that all typical courtroom procedures and decorum be followed.
Generally, teens and their parents are required to dress in a manner that is appropriate to appearing in court and to be on time. Insistence on appropriate attire and decorum adds to the seriousness of the responsibility the teen is being given. The judge usually gives the license to the parent, not the minor, as the parent is liable and will be held accountable for their child’s behavior behind the wheel.
A Virginia license expires on the licensee’s birthday. It must be renewed every eight (8) years. If you are age 75 and over, it can only be renewed every five (5) years. If you are a felon, your license will also be renewable every five (5) years.