My daughter is traveling to VA; she has a valid NYS license. Can she drive in VA?

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    Only if her parents let her. :) – Michael Hampton Apr 14 '16 at 14:53
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    @MichaelHampton snarky comments withheld :) – Karlson Apr 14 '16 at 14:58
  • Does your driver have a class DJ, MJ, or DJMJ license or permit, issued by NYS DMV? – CGCampbell Apr 14 '16 at 17:39

According to Virginia DMV there are restrictions placed on the driver's under 18 licensed in or out of state:

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, 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.

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    I don't think Virginia can suspend an out of state license, so that last paragraph would only apply to Virginians. – phoog Apr 14 '16 at 16:01
  • No but they request NY to suspend the license. – Karlson Apr 14 '16 at 16:59

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