WVC 17 B- 2 - 1 A
§17B-2-1a. Surrender of license from other state or jurisdiction
prior to receipt of license from this state;
examination; fees required.
(a) The Division of Motor Vehicles may not issue a driver's
license to a person who holds a valid license to operate a motor
vehicle issued by another state or jurisdiction subject to a
reciprocal agreement governing the licensing of drivers operating
commercial motor vehicles or party to a reciprocal driver's license
exchange agreement with this state unless or until the applicant
surrenders to the division the foreign license, or the person has
signed and submitted to the division an affidavit to the effect
that the person has surrendered all valid licenses issued to him or
her by other states or jurisdictions. Any surrendered license
issued by any other state or jurisdiction shall be destroyed or at
the discretion of the division retained by the division and the
division shall notify the original state of licensure that the
person who surrendered the license has been licensed in this state.
It is unlawful for a person to possess more than one valid driver's
license at any time.
(b) Every driver shall, within thirty days after taking up
residence in this state, apply to the division for a driver's
license as prescribed in this article. For the purposes of this
chapter the presumption that a natural person is a resident of this
state is based on the provisions of section one-a, article three,
chapter seventeen-a of this code. The division may assign the driver's license class, type, endorsements or restrictions based on
the applicant's prior licensing status, age and the type of
licensing system used by the state of prior licensing.
(c) All other applicable provisions of this article relating
to issuance, fees, expiration and renewal of licenses, and driver
examination of applicants apply to this section.
Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2012 1st Special Session