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Driving a motor vehicle in West Virginia is a privilege that carriesmany responsibilities. This privilege must first be earned and thencarefully guarded or it may be lost.Your well-being, as well as the safety of the occupants in your vehicle,depends upon your ability to safely operate a motor vehicle. In addition,the safety of occupants in other vehicles, each pedestrian, and bicyclist alsodepends directly upon your ability to operate a motor vehicle. As a licenseddriver, you have the privilege to drive because you have successfully shown thatyou possess the knowledge and skill to be a safe driver.However, the driving privilege can be lost if you do not continue to show youare a safe driver. You can lose your driver’s license for a short time, a long time, ora lifetime. This manual is only a partial digest of West Virginia motor vehicle laws.As a prospective driver, you should become familiar with all of the informationin this manual. It will enable you to pass the driver examination and help youbecome a good driver.Generally, the majority of applicants for a driver’s license will be operatorsof regular passenger vehicles, pickup trucks, or vans (Class E). This handbook isdesigned to provide you with the information you need to obtain and keep aClass E driver’s license. This handbook guides you in following the laws andrules of the road, explains the best practices necessary to avoid crashes, andencourages consideration for the rights of all users of the highways. Othermanuals and handbooks are available for commercial drivers and motorcycleoperators.The driver examination program provides fundamental education in trafficsafety and allows you to match your driving ability with accepted standards forsafe driving.

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S TAT E O F W E S T V I R G I N I A

DRIVER SLicensing Handbook

Revised 8/2014 (web)

DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONDIVISION OF MOTOR VEHICLESPO Box 170105707 MacCorkle Avenue, SECharleston, WV 25317Before you call, please have your license plate number, drivers license number, and/oryour file number ready so that we can assist you as quickly as possible.

For Vehicle Title, License Plate, Drivers License issues, or for General Information(304) 9263499 / (800) 6429066 | Hearing-Impaired (800) 7426991Other Important Telephone Numbers (Area Code 304)

Drivers License.................................................................................................. 9263801Commercial Drivers License .............................................................................. 9263801Point System..................................................................................................... 9262505Student Attendance.......................................................................................... 9262505Unpaid West Virginia Tickets............................................................................. 9262505Unpaid Out-of-State Tickets.............................................................................. 9262505Driving Records................................................................................................. 9263802Compulsory Insurance....................................................................................... 9263802Driving Under the Influence............................................................................... 9262506Driving Under the Influence Interlock............................................................. 9262507Visit us on the web at www.dmv.wv.gov.Need help with reading skills or know someone who does?**FREE AND CONFIDENTIAL HELP WITH READING IS OUT THERE**

CALL NOW! 1-866-2MAKE-IT(1-866-262-5348)

WHERE TO TEST OR APPLY FOR A DRIVERS LICENSEA WV resident can apply for a WV instruction permit, drivers license, or identification card at any DMV regionaloffice. All DMV regional offices are open Monday-Friday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm; with the exceptions of Kanawha City,which is open Monday - Friday 8:30 am - 6:00 pm and Saturday from 8 am - 12 pm, and the Martinsburg regionaloffice is also open on Saturday from 8:00 am - 12:00 pm.Please check the DMV website at www.dmv.wv.gov or call 1-800-642-9066 for further information.

DMV REGIONAL OFFICE LOCATIONSBeckleyLewisburgPrinceton

107 Pinecrest DriveBeckley, WV 25801

148 Maplewood AvenueLewisburg, WV 24901

198 Davis StreetPrinceton, WV 24740

BridgeportLoganRomney105 Platinum Drive, Suite D428 Main Street22278 Northwestern PikeBridgeport, WV 26330Logan, WV 25601Romney, WV 25757

Charles TownMartinsburgSpencer

24 Ruland RoadKearneysville, WV 25430

38 Severna ParkwayMartinsburg, WV 25404

115 Church StreetSpencer, WV 25276

ElkinsMoorefieldSummersville

1029 N Randolph AvenueElkins, WV 26241

410 South Main StreetMoorefield, WV 26836

2 Armory WaySummersville, WV 26651

295 Skidmore LaneSutton, WV 26601

1525 Deckers Creek Blvd.Morgantown, WV 26505

Municipal Plaza, Suite 100Weirton, WV 26062

FlatwoodsMorgantownWeirton

FranklinMoundsvilleWelch

100 Thorn Creek Road, Suite 300Franklin, WV 26807

400 Teletech Drive, Suite 100Moundsville, WV 26041

92 McDowell StreetWelch, WV 24801

HuntingtonParkersburgWilliamson

801 Madison AvenueHuntington, WV 25701

601 Lubeck AvenueParkersburg, WV 26101

225 E 3rd AvenueWilliamson, WV 25661

Kanawha CityPoint PleasantWinfield

5707 MacCorkle Avenue, South EastSuite 400Charleston, WV 25317

1408 Kanawha Street Point Pleasant, WV 25550

ADDITIONAL DRIVER TESTING LOCATIONFairmont Remote Testing Site395 Middletown MallWhite Hall, WV 26554

116 Liberty SquareHurricane, WV 25526

FOREWORD Driving a motor vehicle in West Virginia is a privilege that carriesmany responsibilities. This privilege must first be earned and thencarefully guarded or it may be lost. Your well-being, as well as the safety of the occupants in your vehicle,depends upon your ability to safely operate a motor vehicle. In addition,the safety of occupants in other vehicles, each pedestrian, and bicyclist alsodepends directly upon your ability to operate a motor vehicle. As a licenseddriver, you have the privilege to drive because you have successfully shown thatyou possess the knowledge and skill to be a safe driver. However, the driving privilege can be lost if you do not continue to show youare a safe driver. You can lose your drivers license for a short time, a long time, ora lifetime. This manual is only a partial digest of West Virginia motor vehicle laws.As a prospective driver, you should become familiar with all of the informationin this manual. It will enable you to pass the driver examination and help youbecome a good driver. Generally, the majority of applicants for a drivers license will be operatorsof regular passenger vehicles, pickup trucks, or vans (Class E). This handbook isdesigned to provide you with the information you need to obtain and keep aClass E drivers license. This handbook guides you in following the laws andrules of the road, explains the best practices necessary to avoid crashes, andencourages consideration for the rights of all users of the highways. Othermanuals and handbooks are available for commercial drivers and motorcycleoperators. The driver examination program provides fundamental education in trafficsafety and allows you to match your driving ability with accepted standards forsafe driving.

www.dmv.wv.gov

TA B L E O F C O N T E N T SCHAPTER IDrivers License Information

Who Must Be Licensed to Drive?................................................................................................................................ 1Who is Exempt?............................................................................................................................................................. 1Who Can Be Denied a Drivers License?................................................................................................................... 1Licensing Requirements......................................................................................................................................................................1There are TWO types Drivers Licenses & ID Cards.........................................................................................................................2Not for Federal Identification Card Requirements.................................................................................................2For Federal Identification (REAL ID) Card Requirements.....................................................................................2Proof Documents Required to Obtain a Drivers License..................................................................................... 3You Must Have One Proof of Identity...................................................................................................... 3You Must Have One Proof of Social Security Number......................................................................... 3You Must Have Proof of Legal Name Change if Your Name Has Ever Changed........................... 4You Must Have Two Proofs of West Virginia Residency...................................................................... 4School Driver Eligibility Certificate........................................................................................................................... 5National Driver Registry: Problem Driver Point System (PDPS)......................................................................... 5First-Time Applicant..................................................................................................................................................... 6New Resident.................................................................................................................................................................. 6In-State Change of Address........................................................................................................................................ 6Duplicate Drivers License........................................................................................................................................... 7Expired Drivers License................................................................................................................................................ 7Drivers License Color Coding..................................................................................................................................... 7Sample Drivers Licenses/Instruction Permits......................................................................................................... 7Applicants that are Immigrants, Non-Imigrants, and Refugees........................................................................ 8Immigrants.................................................................................................................................................... 8Non-Immigrants.......................................................................................................................................... 8Refugees......................................................................................................................................................... 8Regular Instruction Permit -Ages 18 and Over....................................................................................................... 9Graduated Drivers License (GDL) - Ages 15-17................................................................

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