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If you received your West Virginia learners permit and are eager to go for a drive, hold your horses right there. Your permit does not grant you full driving privileges and you must make sure to observe all West Virginia permit restrictions at all times. The exact rules and requirements that apply to you depend on your age as the state issues two types of learner permits. Teens must observe the graduated drivers license restrictions as well as the regular permit restrictions until they obtain a full drivers license. The consequences of breaking the West Virginia permit restrictions are very harsh - you may have your driving privilege suspended and, when the suspension period is over, have to restart the application process all over again.
Young drivers belong to a high risk group when it comes to driving and that is why the Division of Motor Vehicles in West Virginia has developed a number of special measures to keep teen drivers safe. These measures were combined under the West Virginia graduated drivers license program, a set of laws, restrictions and requirements all designed with traffic safety in mind. The West Virginia graduated drivers license requirements apply only to drivers who are under 18 years of age, if you are 18 year old or older, you do not have to observe these requirements or restrictions. The DMV in West Virginia takes the graduated license rules very seriously, your graduated license can be suspended for just a few minor offenses and once the suspension period is over, you will have to start the whole application all over again.