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West Virginia Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) Laws

Laws that help teens learn safe driving skills

When your teen starts to drive, safety is the first priority. Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) laws help protect your new driver while they're learning good habits. By implementing requirements like learner's permits, these laws help your teen build important skills and experience to be a successful—and safe—driver.

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West Virginia Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) Laws

Minimum age
15 years old2
Learner stage duration
6 months2
Required supervised driving hours
50 hours, 10 of which must be at night without driver's ed.;
0 hours with driver's ed.
Nighttime driving restriction
10 p.m. to 5 a.m.
Passenger restriction
(family members are exempt unless otherwise noted)
No passengers under 20 years old during the first 6 months; No more than 1 passenger under 20 years old during the second 6 months
Minimum age for full-privilege driving
12 months and age 17 or until age 18, whichever occurs first

Get answers to questions about West Virginia licensing requirements, teen driving in West Virginia and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's GDL laws.

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GDL requirements provided for informational purposes only. State requirements vary by state and may change from time to time. Check with the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety if you have questions about current state requirements.

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