Driver's licenses; prohibits issuance to certain persons. (HB560)

Introduced By

Del. Danny Marshall (R-Danville)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Driver's licenses.  Prohibits issuance of driver's licenses to any person less than 21 years old unless he is either a high school graduate or has earned a GED. Read the Bill »


01/26/2012: Failed to Pass in Committee


01/10/2012Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/12 12100542D
01/10/2012Referred to Committee on Transportation
01/26/2012Impact statement from DPB (HB560)
01/26/2012Passed by indefinitely in Transportation


VACOLAO, tracking this bill in Photosynthesis, notes:

VACOLAO has concerns about the impact of this legislation, which would deny drivers licenses to persons under 21 who don't have a GED or a high school diploma, on young people with limited English proficiency and those who drop out of school,in part, because they know their inability to qualify for in-state tuition effectively deprives them of the opportunity to pursue any education beyond high school.

Dave Briggman writes:


Please read this quotation from Headnote Three of Thompson v. Smith, from the Supreme Court of Virginia, in 1930:

"The right of a citizen to travel upon the public highways and to transport his property thereon in the ordinary course of life and business is a common right which he has under his right to enjoy life and liberty, to acquire and possess property, and to pursue happiness and safety. It includes the right in so doing to use the ordinary and usual conveyances of the day; and under the existing modes of travel includes the right to drive a horse-drawn carriage or wagon thereon, or to operate an automobile thereon, for the usual and ordinary purposes of life and business. It is not a mere privilege, like the privilege of moving a house in the street, operating a business stand in the street, or transporting persons or property for hire along the street, which a city may permit or prohibit at will.

michael jones writes:

this is another example of gov. officials interfering with a parents right to raise their children as they see fit. as a pareent i dont need the help of anyone in the goverment state or federal to make sure my children graduate. my oldest is senior in high school and already a member of the virginia national guard this happend without your assistance. any parent worth anything will make sure their children graduate. messing with a young persons driving privlages isnt going to help anything. and its not fair to those children who have watched their siblings get theirs in high school but now would have to wait till they get their diploma nomater how good they do in school.AND ONE MORE THING THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE TIRED OF GOV OFFICIALS INTRFERING IN HOW THEY RAISE THEIR FAMILIES MIND YOUR OWN BUSINESS!!!!!!!!!!!!!