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West Virginia Driver’s License Details:

  • Minimum Age for a Driver’s License: 17
  • When does your license expire? 5 years
  • Driver’s License Fee: $40
  • Online Renewals Allowed? Yes

West Virginia Provisional Driver’s License Details:

  • Minimum Age for a Provisional License: 16
  • Test Required: Road Test
  • Unsupervised Nighttime Driving Restrictions: 10 p.m.-5 a.m.
  • Passenger Restrictions: No passengers younger than 20 for first 6 months No more than 1 passenger younger than 20 for second 6 months

Over 18 – Applying for a New License in West Virginia

Applicants 18 years old and older who’ve never held a driver’s license must obtain a Class E Instruction Permit. This permit is not affiliated with the GDL program.

Apply for your West Virginia driver’s permit in person at your local DMV office. Call ahead for appointment information.

At the DMV:

Once you pass your exams, you’ll receive your Class E learner’s permit for $7.50.

Use this permit to practice driving with another licensed driver who is at least 21 years old and sitting in the front passenger’s seat to prepare for your driving test.

The permit is valid for 90 days, but you must keep it for at least 30 days before you can take your driving test.

Apply for Your WV Driver’s License

Once you’ve had your permit for at least 30 days, you’ll be eligible to take your road test and apply for your full driver’s license.

The West Virginia DMV doesn’t require appointments for the road test, but it’s smart to call ahead for the best times. Be sure to bring:

A regular passenger vehicle in good working condition with a valid state inspection sticker.
Proof of your vehicle’s registration and insurance.

When you pass your driving exam and pay your fee, you’ll be issued a full, unrestricted Class E driver’s license.

Under 18 – Apply for a West Virginia Driver’s License

The West Virginia DMV GDL program applies to all new drivers younger than 18 years old.

The GDL program consists of the following stages:

  • Instruction permit, which allows you to drive:
    • Only with a licensed adult who is at least 21 years old.
    • With no more than 2 passengers other than your adult supervisor, unless they are family members.
    • Between 5 a.m. and 10 p.m. only.
  • Intermediate driver’s license, which allows:
    • Unsupervised driving between 5 a.m. and 10 p.m.
    • No passengers under 20 years old for the first 6 months, unless they are family members.
    • No more than 1 passenger younger than 20 years old during the second 6 months, unless they are family members.
  • Full, unrestricted driver’s license.

How to Get a West Virginia Learner’s Permit

If you are at least 15 years old, you can visit your local West Virginia DMV to apply for your learner’s permit. You’ll need to:

  • Have your parent/legal guardian sign your Application for a Driver’s License or Photo ID Card.
  • Provide proof of school enrollment.
  • Provide proof of your identity and legal presence.
  • Pass the DMV written test.
  • Pay the $7.50 learner’s permit fee.

Before moving on to the next steps of the GDL program, you’ll need to:

  • Be at least 16 years old.
  • Have held your learner’s permit for at least 6 months.
  • Complete at least 50 hours of driving practice, including 10 hours at night.

How to Get an Intermediate Driver License in WV

Once you’ve satisfied the requirements, you’ll need to visit the West Virginia DMV to:

  • Submit your 50-Hour Certification Log for Driver’s License Application Under Age 18 .
  • Pass your driving test. (You will need to first schedule your road test with the Division of Motor Vehicles.)
  • Surrender your learner’s permit.
  • Provide proof of your school enrollment.
  • Pay the $7.50 intermediate driver’s license fee.

Once you have held your provisional license for at least 1 year and you are at least 17 years old, you can move on to your unrestricted driver’s license.

Full Unrestricted WV Driver License

You are eligible for your first unrestricted WV driver’s license when you:

  • Turn 17 years old.
  • Have held your intermediate license for at least 1 year.
  • Have had no traffic violations for at least 1 year.

To obtain your full driver’s license, visit your local West Virginia DMV office and:

  • Surrender your intermediate driver’s license.
  • Pay $5 per year plus a $.50 motor voter fee until your 21st birthday.

Driver’s License Cost & Expiration Dates in West Virginia

StateDriver’s License CostLicense Expires
West Virginia$405 years

For more details and the most up to date fees, please visit the official DMV website: https://transportation.wv.gov/dmv/Pages/default.aspx

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