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Phone down; it's the law beginning January 1

Beginning January 1, 2021, it will be 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 Classroom Instruction - updated 12/9/2020

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-six classroom hours of driver education instruction.

The Code of Virginia (§22.1-205) requires students and their parents 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. 


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. Virtual meetings are intended for students enrolled at the school with the scheduled virtual meeting. 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 in the fall.

Virginia state law requires parents/guardians and their student drivers to attend a 90-minute traffic safety program as part of the in-classroom portion of the driver education curriculum. Currently, these meetings will be held virtually with your students's Zoom account.

If your student does not have a PWCS student Zoom account, please contact Sheila Knotts at to receive a request form to attend a 90-minute parent/teen driver education meeting.

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

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

Behind-the-Wheel - 

Currently we are not accepting registrations for our behind-the-wheel program. When behind-the-wheel begins in the 2020-21 school year, we will update the information on this webpage and communicate with our families

When information becomes available regarding behind-the-wheel programs beginning again, we will schedule classes as soon as possible. Scheduling priority will be offered to students who started the behind-the-wheel program and were unable to complete the program due to the school closure, and for students who were already scheduled and paid for the program.

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

Behind-the-wheel in-car instruction is offered as an after school program at each PWCS high school. Behind-the-wheel instruction provides 14 hours of 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 payment is submitted to the driver education coordinator at the school.

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Online Registration for Driver Education Behind-the-Wheel Instruction! - Currently not accepting new registrations for the 2020-21 school year. This link will be updated when new registrations begin - 10/29/2020

Click here to see details and a preview of the registration process (Word)

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
Brentsville District High School Julie O'Neill
Charles J. Colgan, Sr. High School Sandi Viggiani
Forest Park High School Lawrence Locke
Freedom High School Frederick Hamn
Gar-Field High School Mickie Sullivan
Hylton High School Todd Hayes
Osbourn Park High School Rod Hodgson
Patriot High School Amy Dignan
Potomac High School Shanice Fuller
Unity Reed High School Chris Bailey
Woodbridge High School Mike Piacesi

Summer Driver Education Road/Range (Behind-the-Wheel) Instruction

Dates will be available for registration beginning May 1. Dates for instruction will be provided after the payment is made to the coordinator.

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

Virginia's cellular telephone law prohibits the use of cell phones while driving, regardless of whether such a device is or is not hand-held.

You can only use a cell phone or any other telecommunications device for a driver emergency and the vehicle must be lawfully parked or stopped.


Driver Education Information and Resources

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

The DMV has sample written tests that will help prepare you for the exam


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

Advocates for Driver and Highway Safety

Insurance Institute for Highway

Kelley Blue Book


NHTSA - National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

U.S. Department of Transportation

Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles


Teaching Teens About Auto Safety