COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
P. O. BOX 2120
RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120
SUPTS. MEMO. NO. 36
May 30, 1997

ADMINISTRATIVE

TO: Division Superintendents
FROM: Richard T. La Pointe
Superintendent of Public Instruction
SUBJECT: General Assembly Action Relating to Learner's Permits and Driver's Licenses

 
  Action was taken by the 1997 General Assembly on several new
  provisions relative to a minor's eligibility for a learner's
  permit and driver's license.  Specifically, the changes to
  46.2-334 and 46.2-335 include the following:

  PROVISIONS ADDED

     -    Effective July 1, 1997, parents, legal guardians,
          legal custodians, or other persons having charge
          of a minor who is not enrolled in school or is not
          in good academic standing may provide written
          authorization on form POF-1115A for students to
          obtain a learner's permit or a driver's license.  

     -    Effective July 1, 1997, minors providing evidence
          of solemnization of marriage or a certified copy
          of a court order of emancipation shall not be
          required to provide certification of compliance
          with compulsory school attendance laws, good
          academic standing, or any other written parent or
          guardian authorization to obtain a learner's
          permit or a driver's license. 


  To assist with the implementation of the new requirements,
  the following resources are enclosed:

     -    Written explanation of the juvenile licensing
          process as of July 1, 1997.

     -    Copy of the Certification of Enrollment and
          Academic Standing form (SIP-1116A).

     -    Copy of the Parental Authorization For Licensure
          In Lieu Of Certification of Good Academic Standing
          form (POF-1115A)

     -    Order form for the DEC-A Ninety-Day Temporary
          License, student labels, and DMV mailing labels.          

  If you have any programmatic questions, please contact
  Vanessa Crozier Wigand at (804) 225-3300.  Thank you for
  your continued support and efforts.


  RTL/vcw

  Attachments: A hard copy of this memo and its attachments
               will be sent to the superintendent's office.