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There are two sets of requirements that need to be considered related to students receiving a driverís license in the state of Virginia .

  1. Driver education is a part of tenth-grade health and physical education.
  2. The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles has state licensing requirements that must be met for students to receive a driver's license.


Please see the basic requirements described below.  This information includes the latest Virginia Driver Education Licensing Legislation effective July 1, 2008.



  15 years and six months

  Has parental permission

  Proof of identification, social security number, and residency

  Passes the 2-part knowledge and vision tests

  Has a midnight to 4 a.m. driving curfew

  Pays permit and licensing fees



  • 16 years and three months old
  • Has held a learnerís permit for nine months
  • Has parental permission and 45 hours of guided practice - 15 after sunset
  • Has successfully completed a driver education program with an in-car mileage requirement
  • Is properly insured



  • Received at a judicial licensing ceremony
  • Limited to one, the number of less than 18 year old non-family passengers allowed in a vehicle operated by a driver less than 18 years old for the first year of licensure, and thereafter 3 non-family passengers until the driver turns 18.
  • Drivers eighteen and younger restricted to a midnight to 4 a.m. curfew--exceptions allowed for work and school activities
  • Drivers up to age 20--required to attend a driver improvement class if convicted of a moving violation.  Young drivers who are convicted of a moving violation are also required to retake the traffic safety knowledge test at the time of license renewal


Chesapeake Public Schools' Driver Education Program The Department of Education approves Chesapeake Public Schools' driver education program.  The Curriculum Guide for driver education contains 17 classroom performance indicators and The Standards of Learning Objectives serve as the conceptual framework.  The Chesapeake School Board requires driver education as part of the tenth grade physical education and health course.   Chesapeake Public School students must take the classroom portion of driver education but may elect to take the behind-the-wheel portion at their high school or at a commercial driving school. If a student elects to take behind the wheel at their high school a fee will be charged. Please contact your child's school for fee information.

The success of any driver education program depends upon the combined efforts of involved, concerned parents, qualified and dedicated teachers, responsible students, competent supervision, and appropriate equipment and facilities.  Chesapeake Public Schools is very fortunate to have the resources to provide students with in-car instruction in a timely manner.

Chesapeake Public Schools has a Driver Education Parent/Guardian/Student Handbook that is given to each student at the beginning of the driver education portion of tenth grade health and physical education.  It is very important that parents and students carefully read the handbook and direct any questions to the studentís driver education teacher.


Summer School driver education is available for public, private, and home-schooled students living in Chesapeake .  Students must have completed 10th grade and have a learnerís permit.  For more information, contact the supervisor of Driver Educationís office at 547-0153, extension 510155.