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Virginia Driver Training School Bond

How much does a driving school bond cost in Virginia?

The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles requires owners of driving training schools to post surety bonds to legally work within the state. Class A driver training schools must post a $100,000 surety bond and Class B schools must post a $5,000 surety bond.

These bonds are subject to underwriting, so the cost of the bond will be determined by an underwriter’s review of the applicant’s qualifications. Subject to approval, the cost of driving school bonds starts at 1% of the bond amount.

Bond Type Bond Amount Cost*
$5,000 Driver Training School Bond Class B License $5,000 Starts at $100 Apply Now
$100,000 Driver Training School Bond Class A License $100,000 Starts at $1,000 Apply Now
*The bond premium rate quotes provided to you through this website are for pricing comparisons and quotation estimate purposes only. The bond rate quotes provided are based on general assumptions that may or may not be applicable to you and are subject to change at any time. These rate quotes do not constitute an offer of insurance, nor is any contract, agreement, or bond coverage implied, formed or bound by the provision of rate quotes. Bondability, final bond premium rate quotes and an offer of insurance, if any, will be determined by the insurance company providing your bond. You must contact us directly to obtain a quote for binding purposes.

Why do I need this bond?

By posting a Virginia driver training school bond, the principal (driving school) promises to conduct business according to the provisions of Chapter 17, Title 46.2 of the Code of Virginia. If the principal fails to comply with these terms, the bond protects harmed parties from financial loss.

What’s the fine print?

Driver training school bonds in Virginia remain in full force and effect until canceled. These bonds continue indefinitely from license renewal to license renewal. The surety can cancel the bond at any time upon giving written notice of cancellation to the Commissioner of the Department of Motor Vehicles 30 days prior to canceling the bond.

This bond form must be signed by a notary public.

A Class A licensee is a driver training school that provides training in the operation of commercial motor vehicles. A Class B licensee is a driver training school that provides training in the operation of any type of motor vehicle other than motorcycles and commercial motor vehicles.

How to start a driving school in Virginia

To become licensed to operate a driver training school in Virginia, applicants must:

  • submit a completed application along with any associated fees and other documentation
  • be at least 21 years of age
  • be able to document with driving records at least 5 years of licensed driving experience (at least 2 years in the United States)
  • be able to effectively communicate in English in an easily understood and comprehensible manner
  • hold a valid driver’s license
  • have a driving record with no more than 6 demerit points

Individuals seeking an instructor’s license must be already employed by a licensed school and cannot be employed by more than one school at the same time unless all schools are owned by the same person.

Complete licensing information can be accessed from the Additional Resources section of this page.

Additional Resources

Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles Surety Bond Affidavit and Acknowledgment of Surety

Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles

Code of Virginia: Chapter 17. Driver Training Schools

Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles Driver Training Schools

Virginia Register of Regulations Title 24. Transportation and Motor Vehicles Chapter 121

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