P.O. BOX 2120



January 18, 2002



Division Superintendents



Jo Lynne DeMary

Superintendent of Public Instruction



Proof of Residency for a Virginia Learners Permit, Drivers License, and Photo Identification Card, and 40-Hour Driving Log


Proof of Residency

As a result of the terrorist attacks on September 11, the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has added the Certificate of Enrollment form to the list of acceptable documents to use as proof of Virginia residency. The new Certificate of Enrollment form is Attachment A and is also accessible as a link at and may be used by public, private, and home school students when applying for a learners permit, drivers license, or identification card. In addition to the Certificate of Enrollment, DMV will accept any of the following documents as proof of residency:


v     Certified copy of the applicants school records issued by a U.S. state, jurisdiction, or territory

v     Bank statement (not checks) that is not more than two months old

v     Unexpired passport issued by a U.S. state, jurisdiction, or territory

v     Payroll check or payroll check stub issued by an employer within two months of the application

v     Virginia voter registration card

v     U.S. Internal Revenue Service tax reporting W-2 form (not more than 18 months old)

v     U.S. or Virginia income tax return from the previous year

v     Virginia vehicle registration card or title

v     Utility bill issued to the applicant

v     Receipt for personal property taxes or real estate taxes paid within the last year to the Commonwealth of Virginia or a Virginia locality

v     Current automobile or life insurance policy

v     Virginia driver's license, learner's permit, or DMV photo identification card issued on or after July 1, 1994.


Please share this information with your elementary, middle, and high school guidance staff and students.


40-Hour Driving Log

Action was taken by the 2001 General Assembly to require parents or guardians to certify that their children have driven a motor vehicle for at least 40 hours, 10 of which must be after sunset, before they are eligible for a provisional drivers license. The Department of Education has developed a 40-hour parent resource guide to help make this step to adulthood less painful for students and their parents. We are in the process of mailing copies of the parent resource guide to all schools with approved driver education programs, and it is also available on the Department of Educations website at


Students who receive a learners permit on or after January 1, 2002, are required to have parents or guardians certify completion of the 40 hours. The log located at the end of the parent/teen handbook may be used for this purpose. After the in-car teacher has reviewed the log, the parent/teen handbook should be returned to the student.


Please communicate these driver education procedures to your staff members. Your efforts to ensure program compliance and public safety accountability are greatly appreciated. If you have any questions, please contact Vanessa C. Wigand, specialist, health, physical education, and driver education at (804) 225-3300, or(