Driver Education Program
FCPS can help all high school students complete the state requirements for Driver Education.
Driver Education consists of two parts: classroom and behind-the-wheel.
Tenth grade students complete a nine-week course of classroom driver education in their health and physical education class. A separate behind-the-wheel segment must also be successfully completed in order to obtain a driver's license in Virginia for those under age 19.
Steps you need to complete to get your license if you are under the age of 19:
1. Get your Driver's Permit at the Department of Motor Vehicles
- Teens are eligible for a driver’s permit at age 15 years and six months.
- To obtain a permit you must bring a parent or guardian to the DMV with you.
- Proof of residency and identity are required. (see DMV website for acceptable forms of ID)
- The student will need to pass the sign and knowledge test.
- Teens must hold a permit for a minimum of nine months before being eligible for a driver’s license.
2. Complete the required classroom course in tenth grade
- The DEC-District 8 card is proof of completion.
- A 90-minute parent-teen program is also required.
3. Complete the required in-car or behind-the-wheel instruction
- 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 and Community Education.
4. Complete the 45-Hour Driving Log
- Parent or guardian must complete and log 45-hours of driving time.
- The 45-hour driving guide is available on the Virginia Department of Education Website.
5. Receive your temporary Drivers License
- 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.
- Within 180 days, the parent or guardian and teen will receive notification to attend court for the licensing ceremony.
- Parent or guardian and teen must be on time for the ceremony and must dress appropriately.
- The license will be issued to the parent.