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   UPDATED - March 12, 2021

Driver Education Classroom Instruction - 

Prince William County Public Schools (PWCS) provides driver education instruction to meet the Virginia requirements for students to receive their driver's license. In tenth grade health and physical education (HPE II), each high school provides a minimum of thirty hours of classroom driver education instruction.

The Code of Virginia (§22.1-205) requires students and their parent/guardian living in Planning District 8 which includes the counties of Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun, and Prince William, and the cities of Alexandria, Fairfax, Falls Church, Manassas, and Manassas Park, to participate in a 90-minute parent/teen presentation.  PWCS students and a parent/guardian are required to attend a meeting together as part of their classroom driver education course. 

For more information on safe driving, please see Partners for Safe Teen Driving, A Community Health Initiative. 


informationImportant!  

Both student and parent/guardian must attend a 90-minute teen driving safety program as part of the in-classroom portion of the driver education curriculum. This meeting is only for students who are currently enrolled in HPE II or PWCS students who have completed HPE II. HPE I students are not eligible to attend this meeting. This program requirement must be met before a student receives a Driver Education Certificate of Completion Card (DEC-District 8 card).

90-Minute Parent/Teen Presentation

2020-21 Parent/Teen Meeting Dates - Please note - All 90-minute parent/teen driver education meetings scheduled will be held virtually until further notice. Students are required to attend the virtual meetings offered at their school. For example, a virtual meeting scheduled at Forest Park HS is intended for students at Forest Park HS enrolled in HPE II. Please contact your student's HPE II teacher for additional information on virtual meetings held at your school.

If you are unable to attend your school meeting, we are offering limited All-County meetings; as dates become available, we will update the student/parent meeting link found in the blue box on the left side of the page. Currently, these meetings will be held virtually with your student's Zoom account and cameras are expected to be on for the duration of the meeting.

If your student does not have a PWCS student Zoom account, please contact Sheila Knotts at Knottssa@pwcs.edu to receive a registration form to attend a 90-minute parent/teen driver education meeting. Please note - you must be registered before you can attend any All-County meeting. 

Driver Education DEC-8 Completion Cards and TDL-180 Temporary Driver Licenses 

Please contact your student’s school to obtain the student DEC-8 Completion Card and TDL-180. 

Behind-the-Wheel - 

Schools will begin to conduct behind-the-wheel classes in the near future. Scheduling priority will be offered to students who started the behind-the-wheel program and were unable to complete the program, and for students already scheduled with processed payment for the program. 

New registrations will be scheduled after the priority scheduling is complete. New registrations should begin after spring break.  Please note - at this time, available instructors at the schools may be limited. PWCS appreciates your patience and understanding as we begin our behind-the-wheel classes again. 

Juvenile Licensing

For more information on juvenile licensing please scroll to the bottom of this webpage to view the 180-Day Provisional License section or visit the Virginia DMV website.

After School Behind-the-Wheel (Road/Range) Driver Education Program

Behind-the-wheel instruction provides 14 hours of a combination of observation and driving in residential, open, and interstate roadways. See the registration link below. *Please note you will not be able to schedule a behind-the-wheel class until final payment is submitted to the driver education coordinator at the school.

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For behind-the-wheel registration and information, contact your school's driver education coordinator.  See coordinator information below:

 School Coordinator  Email
Battlefield High School Kristina Link linkkl@pwcs.edu
Brentsville District High School Julie O'Neill oneillje@pwcs.edu
Charles J. Colgan, Sr. High School Sandi Viggiani viggiasc@pwcs.edu
Forest Park High School Lawrence Locke lockela@pwcs.edu
Freedom High School Frederick Hamn hamnfv@pwcs.edu
Gar-Field High School Mickie Sullivan sullivma@pwcs.edu
Hylton High School Todd Hayes hayesta@pwcs.edu
Osbourn Park High School Rod Hodgson hodgsorf@pwcs.edu
Patriot High School Amy Dignan dignanam@pwcs.edu
Potomac High School Shanice Fuller fullersd@pwcs.edu
Unity Reed High School Chris Bailey baileycm@pwcs.edu
Woodbridge High School Mike Piacesi PIACESMD@pwcs.edu

Obtaining A Learner's Permit

If the applicant is at least 15 years and six months old and under the age of 18, a learner's permit may be obtained at a Department of Motor Vehicles customer service center after fulfilling several requirements. For details on the application and licensing process, go to the DMV website

180-Day Provisional License

In order to receive a 180-Day Provisional License, the student must meet several Virginia requirements. Please click on the link below to read the requirements for the Juvenile Licensing Process in Virginia:  
Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles VA Driver's License Information

Teen Driving Restrictions

Virginia's driving restrictions are not meant to penalize teen drivers, but to help them stay safe while they gain valuable driving experience. Studies have found that these restrictions work to reduce the number of car crashes among young drivers.

Curfew Restrictions

If you are under age 18, Virginia law prohibits you from driving midnight to 4 a.m. except when driving:

  • to or from a place of business where you are employed;
  • to or from an activity that is supervised by an adult and is sponsored by a school or by a civic, religious, or public organization;
  • with a licensed spouse age 18 or older, a parent or other adult acting in loco parentis who is occupying the front passenger seat,
  • in case of an emergency, including responding to emergency calls as a volunteer firefighter or rescue squad personnel.

Restrictions on the Number of Passengers

If you are under age 18, you may carry only one passenger under age 21, unless accompanied by a licensed parent, or other adult acting in place of a parent, in the front passenger seat. However, after you have held your license for one year, you may carry up to three passengers under age 21 in the following situations:

  • Travel to and from a school-sponsored activity;
  • A licensed driver 21 or older is in the front passenger seat; or
  • In case of an emergency.

Learner's permit holders may not carry more than one passenger under age 18.

(Passenger restrictions do not apply to family members)

Violations of either the curfew or passenger restrictions can result in the suspension of your driver's license.

Cellular Telephone/Wireless Telecommunications Device Restrictions

Phone down; it's the law beginning January 1

Beginning January 1, 2021, it is illegal for anyone to hold a handheld personal communications device (e.g., a smartphone) while driving a motor vehicle on Virginia's highways. Please view Drive Smart Virginia and Partners for Safe Teen Driving for additional information regarding the law. All motorists under the age of 18 are prohibited from using cellphones and other wireless telecommunication devices while driving. Please view the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles website for additional information regarding juvenile licensing restrictions. 

For additional questions and information, please feel free to reach out to the Health, Physical Education, and Driver Education Program in the Office of Student Learning at 703-791-7270.

Driver Education Information and Resources

Are you ready to start studying for your VA driver's license?

Permit Practice Tests

Additional Resources 

Interactive Study Guide and Test Questions

Curriculum and Administrative Guide for Driver Education

DMV Manual

45-Hour Parent/Teen Driving Guide (PDF)

AAA Home Page

Car Talk

Drivers.com

Advocates for Driver and Highway Safety

Insurance Institute for Highway

Kelley Blue Book

MADD ON-LINE

NHTSA - National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

U.S. Department of Transportation

Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles

Keys2Drive

Teaching Teens About Auto Safety