How can we get the eye exam?
Due to the constraints and restrictions Covid has caused, NCDMV offices are only permitted to perform Essential Services. This no longer includes the vision screening required for the restricted instruction permit.
We have scheduled an exam opportunity with a SBTS specialist to complete the exam. You may find the list HERE. There is no fee for this service. You will be required to arrive with a face covering and social distancing will be enforced.
Can my student complete the driving portion?
Please note that student participation in driver education is voluntary, students electing not to drive at this time will be able to complete it at a later date.
Below are the CDC guidelines we will be operating under.
Students will be driven two students per session (per administrative code).
Students and instructors will complete a health screening attesting they have no symptoms at the beginning of each session
Fever or chills
Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
Muscle or body aches
New loss of taste or smell
Congestion or runny nose
Nausea or vomiting
Instructor and student shall wear a face covering at all times.
Instructor will sanitize the D.E. car at the beginning of each day, including steering wheel, gear shift lever, door handles, control knobs, headrest, etc. and again after each student. (Each instructor will be provided with Industrial grade Hard Surface Sanitizer)
Students will be picked up at a central location and return to that location at end of session
Instructors will change students at a safe location.
Instruction will not stop at public locations to change drivers or take a break.
Students must provide their personal face covering. If face coverings interfere with safe operation of vehicle or students ability to see properly, the driving student will not be required to wear a face covering while it is their turn behind the wheel. All other vehicle occupants will be wearing face covering.
A parent may request their child drive alone. Parent/legal guardian will be required to ride with the student.
Students are driven by DOB, oldest first. Instructors will resume where they left off on their lists. You will be contacted directly when it is the students turn to drive.
Will my class completion or eligibility certificate expire?
The class completion will not expire. The DMV has extended the expiration date for some eligibility certificates.
Driving Eligibility Certificates. – Notwithstanding G.S. 20-11(n)(3), a driving eligibility certificate dated on or after February 9, 2020, and before March 10, 2020, remains valid and may be accepted by the Division of Motor Vehicles to meet the requirements for a license or permit issued under G.S. 20-11 until 30 days after the date the Governor rescinds Executive Order No. 116 or the date the Division reopens all drivers license offices, whichever is earlier.
What is the wait time for driving?
Once the instructor receives the restricted permit you will be scheduled to drive by date of birth, oldest first with this group. Some younger students that completed the course prior will drive before you.
You will receive a call (at the number listed on form) from an instructor when it is the students turn to drive. They will leave a message or text if no answer.
This will take 60-120 days, or longer for younger students, as there are many taking drivers ed that are already 16/17.