Restrictions on Virginia Driver's Licenses

The following restrictions apply:

No more than one non-family passenger less than 21 years old in the first year

No more than three non-family passengers less than 21 years old until licensee turns 18

No driving on highways between midnight and 4 a.m. except:

  • To or from work
  • To or from a school sponsored activity
  • When accompanied by a parent, guardian, or spouse who is 18 years old or older
  • To or from an activity supervised by an adult and sponsored by a school or by a civic, religious, or public organization
  • In cases of emergency
  • When responding to fire or other emergency as a volunteer firefighter or rescue worker

If under 18, no use of cellular telephone or other wireless communication device (even if hands-free) while operating a motor vehicle except in a driver emergency or when the vehicle is lawfully parked or stopped

Any learner’s/driver license holder under 20 years of age who is convicted of an offense for which demerit points are assessed, or for violating the safety seat requirement for children under 8, or the primary safety belt mandate for front or back seat passengers younger than 18 years of age MUST attend a classroom driver improvement clinic (not online).

Upon second conviction of a driver younger than 18 for an offense that results in demerit points, or for violating child-restraint registration, the DMV commissioner will suspend the young drivers license for 90 days.

Upon third conviction, the commissioner will revoke the driver’s privilege to operate a motor vehicle for one year or until the individual reaches age 18—whichever is longer.

DMV can deny or suspend driving privileges for persons under 18 if a court finds that the juvenile is delinquent, in need of supervision, involved in an alcohol or drug related offense, or needs court-assigned services or programs such as counseling.

Drivers licenses may be suspended for minors who have 10 or more consecutive unexcused absences from school. The student will have an opportunity to explain the absences, and the court may suspend the minor’s license for any period of time up until age 18.

Driving without a license is a Class 2 Misdemeanor.

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