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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
1/20/2020

24VAC20-121-50. Availability of Records; Inspections and Compliance Reviews.

A. All records shall be open and available for inspection by any employee of the department during normal business hours or at a reasonable time agreeable to the department employee. Schools shall have someone, who is employed by or otherwise associated with the school and who can access all records, available to assist the department employee, as necessary. If copies of such records are not readily available, the department employee may secure and remove these records in order to review, photocopy them or use them in a hearing. The department shall return those records it removes after the review or photocopying is completed, or at the conclusion of the hearing process, including any related court action, when used for that purpose.

B. Each applicant for licensing as a driver training school shall permit the department to inspect its operations, facilities and records as they relate to its driver training program for the purpose of determining whether the applicant is qualified for licensing.

The department shall perform its inspections during normal business hours with or without prior notice to the driver training schools. The department shall prepare a written report on the results of each inspection, and provide a copy of the report to and review it with the applicant. At the conclusion of the review of the report, the applicant shall provide signed written documentation to the representative of the department conducting the inspection that indicates the school has received and reviewed the report.

C. Each school shall permit the department, from time to time, to inspect and conduct a general compliance review of its business offices, classrooms, vehicles and any other records or properties associated with the operation of the school to determine whether the school remains in compliance with licensing requirements.

D. The department shall perform its inspections and general compliance reviews during normal business hours with or without prior notice to the driver training schools. The department shall prepare a written report on the results of each inspection and general compliance review, and provide a copy of the report to and review it with the owner or business manager of the school. At the conclusion of the review of the report, the owner or business manager of the school shall provide signed written documentation to the representative of the department conducting the inspection or general compliance review that indicates the school has received and reviewed the report.

E. Any school owner, employee or instructor who meets with department employees for the purposes of inspecting or otherwise obtaining records is subject to the conduct requirements set forth in these regulations. Any school owner, employee or instructor who violates the conduct requirements set forth in these regulations during such meetings shall be subject to the sanctions set forth in these regulations.

F. Each student's record shall be open and available for inspection by the respective current or former student 18 years of age or older and by the parents and legal guardians of current or former students under 18 years of age during normal business hours or at a reasonable time agreeable to both the school and the student or parents or legal guardians of students under 18 years of age.

Under no circumstances shall a school owner, employee or instructor meet, for the purposes of inspecting records, or for any other purpose, with current or former students under 18 years of age at the time of the meeting without a parent or legal guardian being present unless the student is married or emancipated. Any school owner, employee or instructor who meets with students, parents or legal guardians for the purposes of inspecting records is subject to the conduct requirements set forth in these regulations. Any school owner, employee or instructor who violates the conduct requirements set forth in these regulations during such meetings with students, parents or legal guardians shall be subject to the sanctions set forth in these regulations.

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.

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