Restrictions of the Learner's Permit

DMV will issue a temporary learner’s permit receipt the day of the application. Remember: You must have all classroom requirements completed beforehand. This document allows the applicant to operate a motor vehicle when accompanied by a driver age 21 or older who is licensed to operate a motor vehicle, or by a parent, legal guardian, brother, sister, half-brother, half-sister, stepbrother, or stepsister age 18 or older who is licensed to operate a motor vehicle. The accompanying licensed driver must be alert and able to assist the permitted driver. This person also must sit in the front passenger seat. 

Permit holders may not operate a motor vehicle between midnight and four a.m. or with more than one passenger less than 21 years old, except when practicing with a certified driving instructor. The passenger limitation, however, does not apply to the driver’s family or household siblings as defined in Va Code § 46.2-334.01(B).

Regarding points assessed against the license of a driver under the age of 20:

If any learner’s permit or driver’s license issued to any person less than 20-years of age shows that he has been convicted of: (a) an offense for which demerit points have been assessed or are assessable under Va Code § 46.2-334 et seq. of this chapter; or (b) a safety belt or child restraint violation, such person shall attend a driver improvement clinic. A computer-based driver improvement course will not satisfy this requirement. No safe driving points will be awarded for attending the clinic. Such person’s parent, guardian, legal custodian, or other person standing in loco parentis may attend the clinic and receive a reduction in demerit points and/or an award of safe driving points pursuant to § 46.2-498.

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