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Course Requirements & Eligibility

30 Hour Classroom

  • These classes are for Teens only.  Students enrolling must be at least 14.5 by the first day of class and cannot turn 18 before the completion of the behind the wheel portion.

  • During the regular school year classes are offered on weekends.  Saturday classes are held from 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m.  Sunday classes are held from 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m.  There is 2 hours of required independent study and assignment time built into each class period.   

  • Students must pass 30 hours of classroom instruction and the eye test before being eligible for the driving phase. Students who fail the eye test will be given a form and must have their eyes checked by a vision specialist. Once that form is completed, the student will return the form to the driving instructor.

  • Students are not allowed any absences during this course or they will be removed from the class.

  • All assignments must be completed to receive credit.

  • Students must pass a final exam to successfully complete the class.

6 Hour Behind the Wheel Training

  • Students must be at least 14.5 years old and may not turn 18 before completion of the 6 hour training.  In the event that a student turns 18 before behind the wheel training they will be required to obtain a permit before being being able to drive.  At this point they are considered an adult driver.

  • After students have completed the classroom portion and the eye exam, they will be contacted to schedule behind the wheel training.

  • There are several factors that are taken into consideration when determning the order in which students are contacted following completion of the classroom portion of driver education.  Student age, location, and after school activities are just a few of the determening factors.

  • When contacted, the driving instructor and the parent of the student driver will decide on a schedule that works best.

Completion of Driver Education

  • Once a student has completed all portions of Driver Education, received their “Driver Education Certificate”, and are at least 15 years old, they are ready to go to the DMV.

  • At this time, students should go to Student Services at their school and request a “Certificate of Eligibility”. This form is only good for 30 days, so students should wait until they either have an appointment at the DMV or have a day selected that they are going in person to the DMV. In order to receive the "Certificate of Eligibility" the student must have passed three out of four classes from the previous semester.

Going to the DMV

You must take the following with you to the DMV:

  • The Driver Education certificate.

  • The Driver Eligibility Certificate (valid for 30 days).

  • A certified copy of your birth certificate.

  • Social Security Card.

  • Proof of residency.

  • $21.50 and a parent or guardian.

Once at the DMV the following will be required:

  • Written test – Students must make an 80 or higher to pass. (cannot miss more than five)

  • Sign test.

  • Vision test

N.C. Graduated Licensing Program

Level 1- Limited Learner’s Permit involves parents, guardians in the training of young drivers

  • Must be 15 or older, complete driver’s education and obtain limited Learner’s permit.

  • The Level 1 driver must be supervised by a parent or guardian who has had a U.S.license for at least 5 years.

  • All people in vehicle driven by Level 1 driver must wear a seat belt, and only the supervisor can ride in the front seat.

  • For the first 6 months, a Level 1 driver may only drive from 5a.m. to 9 p.m. with his or her supervisor

  • For the second 6 months, a Level 1 driver may drive any time with their supervisor.

  • The Level 1 driver must have no violations during each 6 months to graduate to the next level.

  • The Level 1 driver must certify on an approved DMV driving log that they have had 60 hours of supervised practice driving over the course of their permit.  Ten of these hours must be night time practice driving and no more than 10 hours may be claimed in any given week.

Level 2 - Limited Provisional License protects young drivers during the night-time hours when they are most at risk.

  • Unsupervised driving is allowed between 5 a.m. and 9 p.m. or when driving to or from work.

  • Unsupervised driving is also allowed to and from an activity of a volunteer fire department, volunteer rescue squad if the driver is a member of the organization.

  • Supervised driving is allowed at any time.

  • The Level 2 driver must have six months of violation free driving to graduate to the next level.

  • When the provisional license holder is driving the vehicle and is not accompanied by the supervising driver, there may be no more than one passenger under 21 years of age as a passenger in the vehicle. The limit does not apply to passengers who are members of the license holder’s immediate family.

  • Every person occupying the vehicle being driven by the provisional license holder must wear a seatbelt.

  • The level 2 driver must certify on an approved DMV driving log that they have had 12 hours of supervised practice over the course of 6 months.  Six of these hours must be night time driving.

Level 3 - Full Provisional License

  • Unsupervised driving is allowed at any time.

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