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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 24. Transportation and Motor Vehicles
Agency 20. Department of Motor Vehicles
Chapter 121. Virginia Driver Training Schools Regulations
7/6/2020

24VAC20-121-20. Business Office and Classroom Requirements.

A. No school license shall be issued unless the school has an established place of business in the Commonwealth that is owned, rented or leased by the school. Such established place of business shall:

1. Be the premises of the licensed location of the school;

2. Satisfy all local business licensing and zoning regulations;

3. Have office space devoted exclusively to the driver training school;

4. Contain all records that are required to be maintained under the provisions of these regulations unless the school has been permitted to maintain them elsewhere pursuant to 24VAC20-121-40;

5. Be equipped with a desk, chairs, filing space, working utilities and a working telephone listed in the name of the school;

6. Comply with federal, state and local health, fire and building code requirements, including the Americans with Disabilities Act (42 USC § 12101 et seq.);

7. Be open to the general public a minimum of eight hours per week during normal business hours; and

8. Not share space with a school classroom.

The school shall also provide to the department the street address and physical address of any other business offices maintained by the school in addition to the licensed location office.

In addition to business office addresses, all addresses, physical locations of classrooms, driving simulators or any other facilities used by the school shall be provided to the department in a format prescribed by the department. If any such classroom, driving simulator or other facility is not owned by the school, then a copy of all agreements associated with the use of such property by the school shall be provided to the department. Schools shall not use classrooms, driving simulators or other driver training facilities prior to receiving approval for their use from the department.

A school owner's residence may be used as the licensed location of a school if it qualifies for a federal tax deduction of expenses related to the business use of part of the residence and meets the established place of business requirements set forth in these regulations.

B. Any school that engages in classroom instruction shall provide a classroom with the following:

1. Seating arrangements and writing surfaces for each student and a minimum of 10 square feet per student attending at any given time;

2. Blackboards or other visual aids that shall be visible from all seating positions;

3. Driver education reference books, including, when applicable, current curriculum guides, student work books and appropriate textbooks for each student;

4. Appropriate audio/video equipment and screen in good working order; and

5. Restroom facilities that are clean, accessible and in good working order.

C. Office and instruction hours shall be posted in a conspicuous location outside the licensed location and any other business office in a manner that is visible and easily accessible to the public from outside of the licensed location and business.

D. The school license and any notice of the department that limits or restricts training shall be prominently posted at the licensed location office. A copy of the school license and notice, if applicable, also shall be prominently posted in each school classroom and any other business office maintained by the school.

In addition, schools shall display, in a conspicuous location in all their classrooms and their business offices, signs provided by the department that notify students and the public about the department's toll-free hotline.

E. Any school licensed by the department shall notify the department, in a format prescribed by the department, 30 days prior to a change of address for the licensed location, any other business office or classroom or other instructional facility. The department will issue a revised license reflecting such changes. The school shall return the current license to the department upon receipt of a revised school license. All school-related business, classroom and instructional locations are subject to approval by the department, as required in these regulations.

F. The location of a school's licensed location, other business offices, classrooms or practice driver training areas shall be a distance of at least 1,500 feet from any property owned, leased or maintained by the department for examining motor vehicle operators. Such distance shall be measured in a straight line from the nearest point of the primary building of the department's property to the nearest point of the school licensed location, business office, classroom or practice driver training area, whichever is closest. This distance requirement may be waived by the department if the licensed location, other business office, classroom or practice driver training area has been previously allowed to be within the 1,500 foot limit as a result of an action or omission on the part of the department. All school-related business, classroom or instructional locations must be approved by the department prior to use.

Statutory Authority

§§ 46.2-203 and 46.2-1703 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Volume 24, Issue 04, eff. January 1, 2008; amended, Virginia Register Volume 27, Issue 09, eff. February 2, 2011.

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