Virginia Association for Driver Education and Traffic Safety


  • Friday, July 08, 2016 10:21 AM | Robin Shepherd (Administrator)

    Bills of interest:

    ·          HB 417: Department of Motor Vehicles transactions. (Bagby)(Chapter 368)

    Amends Va. Code §§ 46.2-205.2, 46.2-214, 46.2-328, and 46.2-330, and adds § 46.2-214.4.

    Eliminates the requirement that individuals under the age of 21 who have one or more convictions re-take the driver’s license written examination prior to renewal. In addition, this bill removes the requirement that driver’s licenses and learner’s permits expire on an applicant’s 20th birthday. Effective July 1, 2016, drivers age 16 and 17 will be issued a driver’s license for the standard 8 year duration.


    ·          HB 653 and SB 176: Consent to organ donation. (O’Bannon and Howell)(Chapters 743 and 135)

    Amends Va. Code §§ 32.1-292.2, 46.2-342, and 46.2-345

    This bill eliminates the requirement that a person indicate his willingness to make an anatomical gift (be an organ donor) every time he renews or replaces his license. Once an applicant responds “yes,” DMV will no longer be required to ask a person if he wants to remain an organ, eye and tissue donor.  If a person wishes to rescind his consent to be an organ donor, he may do so in person at the customer service center, by telephone or by going to Donate Life VA  Registry at To remove the organ donor indicator from the driver’s license or ID card, a replacement license or original ID card would be issued.


    ·          HB 748: Driver education; certification of online courses. (Greason)(Chapter 437)

    Amends Va. Code §§ 46.2-1700, 46.2-1701, and 46.2-1702 and adds § 46.2-1701.4

    This bill allows DMV to license Virginia driver training schools to provide computer-based driver education courses for the classroom portion of driver education. The content of such programs shall be comparable to that of courses offered in the Commonwealth’s public schools. DMV will establish minimum standards for testing students who complete an online course. These requirements will include such things as requirements for the test sites and methods to verify that the person taking the test is the person enrolled in the course.


    ·          HB 1287: Behind-the-wheel and knowledge examinations; retake of examinations. (Carr)(Chapter 381)

    Amends Va. Code § 46.2-325

    This bill allows a person less than 19 years of age who has failed the behind-the-wheel examination for a driver's license three times to take a course of instruction based on the Virginia Driver's Manual before taking the examination a fourth time if such person has previously completed the classroom component of driver instruction at a driver training school.


    ·          SB 555: Learner's permit or provisional driver's license holder; completion of driver ed. (Cosgrove) (Chapter 488)

    Amends Va. Code §§ 46.2-323, 46.2-324.1, 46.2-334, 46.2-334.01, 46.2-335, and 46.2-335.2

    This bill:

    • Limits holders of a learner’s permit to having no more than one passenger under age 21. This prohibition does not apply to members of the driver’s family. The bill also prohibits the holder of a learner’s permit from operating a motor vehicle on the highways of the Commonwealth while using any cellular telephone or any other wireless telecommunications device, regardless of whether or not such device is handheld except in a driver emergency or when the vehicle is lawfully parked or stopped.


    Removes the exception that a provisional driver's license holder under age 18 may have more than one passenger under age 21 if a parent is present, and clarifies that the passenger limitations on all provisional driver's licenses do not include household or family members. The bill also amends the definition of “a member of the driver's family or household” to include first cousin.


    • Changes the minimum learner’s permit holding periods and driver’s education requirements for 18 year olds. Prior to these changes, 18 year olds had a minimum 9 month holding period for both a learner’s permit and motorcycle learner’s permit and they were required to successfully complete approved driver’s education. This bill changes these requirements as follows:


    o Individuals age 17 and younger must hold a learner’s permit for at least 9 months and applicants age 18 and older are required to hold a learner’s permit for at least 60 days.

    o Applicants for a motorcycle classification who are age 17 or younger are required to hold a motorcycle learner’s permit for at least 9 months and motorcycle classification applicants age 18 or older are required to hold a motorcycle learner’s permit for at least 30 days.

    Driver’s license applicants age 17 and younger are required to present proof of acceptable driver’s education; applicants age 18 and older are not required to present proof of driver’s education.


    ·          HB 1276: Motorcycle rider safety training courses; clarification of definition. (Robinson)(Chapter 380)

    Amends Va. Code § 46.2-1188

    This bill provides that "motorcycle rider safety training courses" means courses of instruction in the operation of motorcycles for the purposes of obtaining a waiver from the examination or road test for (i) both two-wheeled and three-wheeled motorcycles, (ii) two-wheeled motorcycles, or (iii) three-wheeled motorcycles.

  • Friday, March 18, 2016 12:37 PM | Robin Shepherd (Administrator)

    April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month.

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  • Friday, June 05, 2015 8:30 PM | Robin Shepherd (Administrator)

    Please click here to be redirected to the Teacher of the Year Application.  

    Would you rather print and mail the application?  If so: Teacher of the Year Printable Form

  • Friday, June 05, 2015 8:08 PM | Robin Shepherd (Administrator)

    8VAC20-22-330. Driver education (add-on endorsement)


    The candidate must have:

    1. Completed an approved teacher preparation program in driver education; or
    2. Completed 6 semester hours of coursework distributed in the following areas:
    • Driver Task Analysis: 3 semester hours; and
    • Principles and methodologies of classroom and in-car instruction, including a minimum of 14 hours of actual behind-the-wheel supervised teaching experience and 2 hours of basic evasive maneuvers:  3 semester hours.
  • Sunday, January 04, 2015 6:15 PM | Robin Shepherd (Administrator)

    Driver’s Licenses and Identification Cards

    HB 771: Mature driver motor vehicle crash prevention course; license renewal, reduction in rates (Chapter 282) 

    Amends Va. Code §§ 16.1-69.48:1, 17.1-275, 38.2-2217, 46.2-330, and 46.2-505 

    1.  Mature Driver Motor Vehicle Crash Prevention Course:

    This bill provides judges the option of requiring drivers to attend a mature driver motor vehicle crash prevention course where applicable based on the offenses committed related to the operation of a motor vehicle. Courts may use their discretion in determining whether a driver’s age range makes him/her appropriate for a mature driver courses. Mature driver motor vehicle crash prevention courses are available to persons age 55 and older. Courts are prohibited from allowing a person to attend a mature driver motor vehicle crash prevention course to reduce, dismiss, or defer the conviction of a person charged with any offense committed while operating a commercial motor vehicle, or any commercial driver’s license holders charged with any offense while operating a non-commercial motor vehicle. Persons assigned by the court to attend a mature driver motor vehicle crash prevention course are not eligible for a reduction in insurance premium rates. Drivers will not be awarded safe driving points for the completion of mature driver motor vehicle crash prevention courses.

    In cases where the court has required a person to attend a mature driver course, the person must notify the court of the successful completion. The bill also provides that failure to notify the court of successful completion may be punished as contempt of court. Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles

     2. Mature Driver Licensing Requirements:

    The bill also lowers the age at which drivers are required to renew their licenses in person from the current statutory age of 80 to 75 and requires that licenses issued to persons age 75 or older be valid for no more than five years as opposed to the current eight year license.

    The provisions of this bill become effective January 1, 2015.


    For Item #1

    Carol Waller, Program Manager, Commercial Licensing Division

    (804) 367-1969


    For Item #2

    Sharon Brown, Deputy Director, Driver Services Administration

    (804) 367-4371


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