West Virginia Provisional License: How to Apply

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West Virginia uses a graduated licensing program. This program is divided into two segments — letting teens and new drivers earn their license after ample testing and behind-the-wheel practice.

The provisional (Segment 2) license becomes available when teens turn 16 years old and meet the standard requirements as part of the GDL program. Those showing good driving can eventually upgrade to their full, unrestricted license once they pass requirements.

The following provides a complete overview of how to upgrade a West Virginia learner’s permit into the state’s provisional license.

How to Get a West Virginia Provisional License

A provisional license becomes available after holding a learner’s permit for 6 months and have completed the 50-hours of behind-the-wheel experience.

The teen should also have no traffic violations at least 6 months before applying.

The steps when upgrading includes:

  1. Go to a WV DMV
  2. Submit your 50-Hour driving log (Form DMV-10-GDL)
  3. Pass your driving test
    1. Note: You must schedule this test before going
  4. Surrender your learner’s permit
  5. Provide proof of school enrollment
  6. Pay the $7.50 licensing fee


Having met the requirements and taken these steps awards the provisional license.

Provisional License Driving Restrictions

Your intermediate license restrictions include:

  • Unsupervised driving between 5 AM and 10 PM
  • Supervised driving between 10 PM and 5 AM except for work, school, emergency, religious activity
  • No passengers under 20 years old (that aren’t family members) for the first 6 months
  • No more than 1 passenger under 20 years old (that aren’t family) for the first 6 months
  • Practice all safe driving rules (e.g. no texting, must wear seatbelts, etc.)

Next: Upgrading to an Adult License

Teens will hold their Level 2 license for 1 year before upgrading to the full (adult) license. The full license is available if the teen is 17 years old or older and has no traffic violations for at least 1 year.

Simply keep following road rules and you’ll soon have your license! Congratulations!


If you’d like to get an overview of the process from learner’s to license. Or, if you’re an adult applying for a license and need a quick way through the GDL program: See our West Virginia Driver’s License Guide for the complete details.