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.

ACE Behind the Wheel

Register for Behind the Wheel Driver's Education
ACE Registration

Virginia DMV

Visit the DMV for licensing requirements
DMV Website