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.
Alternatively, you may submit an optometrist exam completed within the last 6 months. The exam must include visual acuity (in terms of 20/20 etc.), and note any corrective lenses. Eye exam must be on Dr's letterhead, not RIP form.For visual acuity worse than 20/40 with no corrective lenses noted, they will need to submit a vision form directly to the DMV (DL77 fax number located on form).
We have also scheduled an exam opportunity with a SBTS specialist to complete the exam. This will be held on 7/21/2020 at Madison High School (5740 US-25, Marshall, NC 28753) from 9 - 12. There is no fee for this service. You will be required to arrive with a face covering and social distancing will be enforced.
Has the driving portion been waived?
House Bill 158only waives the road test requirement when applying for a level 2 license. The drivers ed requirement still remains.
Can my student complete the driving portion?
In light of the ratification of HB 158 authorizing NC public schools to resume driver education programs, MPI will resume the behind the wheel portion of drivers ed beginning July 1. 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 it resumes?
Students will be driven in the same order they were in on the list once driving instruction resumes. Since they will be able to drive during day without school and sports schedules, the behind the wheel will be able to be completed quicker. Driving instructors will contact you at the number listed on the RIP form you sent in when it is the students turn.
We already paid for a class, will that payment transfer?
All classes that were registering or in session when drivers ed ceased will be rescheduled or finished. If you were in class, you will receive an email with completion information. If you were registered for a class, you will receive an email with new dates/options when they become available and you may choose the best option for you.