Driver Education

Tenth grade students complete a nine-week course of classroom driver education.

Partners for Safe Teen Driving

  • Students required to register to attend Partners for Safe Teen Driving include:
    • Students in FCPS grade 11 or 12 who are not enrolled in grade 10 health and physical education
    • Students who are home schooled
    • Students attending private schools
    • Students enrolled in a school division other than FCPS
  • Registration is available online through Adult and Community Education
  • If you prefer to pay by check or money order, print and complete the registration form and mail with $30 check or money order payable to FCPS.
  • Registration form and payment should be mailed to:

ACE Registration
Plum Center for Lifelong Learning
6815 Edsall Rd.
Springfield, VA 22151

90-minute Parent-Teen Traffic Safety Presentation Requirement

All students enrolled in classroom driver education must attend a 90-minute parent-teen traffic safety presentation. The 90-minute presentation is connected to classroom instruction and must be completed in addition to successful completion of classroom instruction in order for a student to receive a DEC-District 8 card. This requirement does not apply to students who successfully completed classroom instruction prior to September 1, 2010 and received a DEC-District 8 card. Students who completed driver education classroom instruction prior to September 1, 2010 do not need to attend the 90-minute parent-teen traffic safety presentation.

The 90-minute parent-teen traffic safety presentation will be offered multiple times throughout the school year at each high school. Students and their parent/guardian should plan to attend the presentation at their school during the quarter of driver education. Important: You need to arrive on time as no one is admitted after the presentation begins.

The program is available to FCPS students enrolled in grade 10 health and physical education at no charge.

Students who are completing classroom instruction through a commercial driving school, are home schooled, are enrolled in another school division, or are FCPS students in grade 11 or 12 must register to attend the 90-minute parent-teen traffic safety presentation. A $30 fee applies. Registration is available through Adult and Community Education (ACE).

Obtaining a Driver’s License in Virginia (Under 18)

Juvenile Licensing Requirements

Juvenile licensing requirements apply to everyone under age 19.

Driving Permit

  • Teens are eligible for a driver’s permit at age 15 years and six months.
  • Teens must hold a permit for a minimum of nine months before being eligible for a driver’s license. To obtain a permit, the teen accompanied by a parent or guardian must go to the DMV.
  • Proof of residency and identity are required.
  • Acceptable forms of identification are listed on the DMV website:
  • The student will need to pass the sign and knowledge test.

Classroom Instruction

  • Classroom driver education is required.
  • The DEC-District 8 card is proof of completion.
  • For students taking classroom instruction after September 1, 2010, the 90-minute parent-teen program is required.

In-car Instruction

  • In-car instruction is required.
  • Students must have a driver’s permit to enroll in in-car instruction.
  • Students must have a District-8 classroom course completion card or be able to present a concurrent enrollment form prior to the first behind the wheel class.
  • Information on in-car instruction offered through Adult & Community Education

45-Hour Driving Log

  • Parent or guardian must complete and log 45-hours of driving time.
  • The 45-hour guide should be used to complete this requirement.
  • The 45-hours of driving time and completion of the log is required in addition to in-car instruction.
  • The 45-hour driving guide is available from VA DOE.

Temporary Drivers License and Licensing Ceremony

  • A temporary license will be issued by the in-car instructor after all of the requirements are met.
  • The temporary license is valid for 180 days.
  • During the 180 days, the parent/guardian and teen will receive notification of when to attend court for the licensing ceremony.
  • Parent/guardian and teen must be on time for the ceremony and must dress appropriately.
  • The license will be issued to the parent.

Partners for Safe Teen Driving, Parent-Teen Traffic Safety Presentation Requirement, and Behind the Wheel

Adult Learner's Permit Test Information

For adults over the age of 18 only. 

Information on adult driver permit test for adults over the age of 18 only.