Frequently asked questions

When can my student enroll in Driver's Ed?

To enroll in Driver Education, the student must have completed the 8th grade and be at least 14½ years old on the first day of the bookwork class. In order to attain a learner's permit at the Department of Motor Vehicles, the student must complete thirty (30) hours of classroom lessons and six (6) hours of behind-the-wheel instruction. The grade restriction is due to the fact we only receive funding for 9th graders. So they can take drivers ed, but they would have to pay for the driving portion which is $199.74 ($200).

When will my student drive?

The first requirement is to obtain the Restricted Instructors Permit (Form SBTS-800). On the first day of the book work class, students have access to a Restricted Instructors Permit, referred to as a "white slip." The first section must be completed and signed by the student and parent or guardian.The second section is the initial eye exam which will need to be done by a DMV examiner. The third section is a record of the student's book work and driving grades, as well as a log of the behind-the-wheel lessons. (NOTE: Students will not be scheduled to drive if they have not signed the Restricted Instructors Permit and had their eyes checked.) **For online students, this form is available within the course, and they must take the form to the DMV and have the eye exam portion completed. Then mail the form to the address provided in the session. After completing the book work and having their eyes checked, students are scheduled to drive according to their date of birth, oldest to youngest. Typically, they will receive a call from an instructor within 60 - 120 days after receipt of teh RIP form. The behind-the-wheel training generally takes 3 to 4 days to complete. Instructors drive mornings, afternoons, evenings, and on Saturdays. The instructors will do their best to accommodate any scheduling conflicts you may have. If you reside in Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Macon, McDowell, or Swain, the driving portion will be done in that county. If you have not heard from an instructor within the above time frame, please do not hesitate to contact our office for assistance (828-385-4477 or email

After completing driver's ed, how do we get a permit?

The NCDMV collects a $20.00 fee to issue a learners permit. A parent or guardian must sign the application for a permit. The student must pass the NCDMV written test and successfully identify a group of road signs. You can download a copy of the NC Drivers Handbook HERE. Practice exams can be found HERE The student will also have his/her vision rechecked at this time. The student must present the following forms to the DMV in order to obtain a permit:

  • Driver Education Completion Certificate (Form 452)
  • Driver Eligibility Certificate (Issued by the high school to verify attendance and grades)
  • Certified or original copy of Birth Certificate (More info on acceptable documents can be found on the site
  • Social Security Card
1. The instructor will issue a Driver Education Certificate (Form 452) on the student’s final day of behind-the-wheel training. This completion certificate is stamped with the school seal and provides valid proof that the student has completed the state requirements for Driver Education in North Carolina. The issuing of Form 452 concludes Mountain Professionals' student instruction, although we will be happy to assist you with any questions you may have. 2. It is then the responsibility of the parent to obtain a Driver Eligibility Certificate from the school the student attends, not the instructor. It verifies that the student is currently enrolled and meeting the attendance requirements and grade standards of the NC Adequate Progress Law. This certificate is good for 30 days and may be obtained through the school student services (guidance) department or high school principal. 3. The student must also have a certified or original copy of his/her birth certificate and a Social Security card

How do I get a Drivers Eligibility Certificate for a homeschool student?

Home school parents can request a certificate from the NCDNPE If the students attends a home or private school outside of NC, they must request a transcript from that school's administration department. At the high school in the area the student resides in, submit the tranxcript and proof of current enrollment to get a DEC. NOTE** The driver's ed instructors cannot issue the DEC, parents must obtain from the high school. Please contact the NCDMV with questions regarding the DEC.

Where can I find the Restricted Instruction Permit?

This form is how the students are added to the list to complete the driving portion after the class. To access the form and view instructions to fill it, students must log into the course and select the Restricted Instruction Permit (RIP) page. Complete the form in BLUE or BLACK ink. Fill out students information above the line "NC Division of Motor Vehicles Use Only" You must have an eye exam from DMV ( Once you have your vision tested, mail the RIP to Mountain Professionals. The address is below. Our office manager will send a confirmation email letting you know we received the RIP once session is completed and grades are in. Please list which session you are in and the dates at the top of the form. Instructors will call the number listed on the form when it is the students turn to drive. Please make sure you list a number that will be answered. The section below "RECORD OF LESSONS IN THE CAR" is filled out by the driving instructor. Once the instructor receives the restricted permit, you will be scheduled to drive by birth order, oldest first. Typically, you will receive a call from an instructor within 30 to 90 days after receipt of the RIP, depending on your age and the number of students in your district. This may take longer for younger students.

How does the online schedule work?

Orientation can be completed any time over the 2 days, it consists of 6 sections of material regarding the drivers ed process and navigating the course. Typically does not take more than an hour . The first units will open at 12:.01 AM on the first date listed under class dates and remain open until 11:59 PM the following Sunday. Students will have anytime during those days to complete the units, then those will close and the next will open. Final exams are taken on one of the Test Dates, testing windows are always after school hours.

How do I register?

For classes at a high school, you can find information and registration links HERE - Scroll to find county and swipe to find a school. Online coruses are offered through

What if it has been close to 90 days and I have not heard from the driving instructor?

If you sent in the RIP form, and it has been close to 90 days and you have not heard anything, you may use the contact information below to inquire about your status. Please include the studnets name and session number in order ot locate your information. Email: Text/Call: 828-385-4477

How does drivers ed work in NC?

You can find details on the entire process HERE

How much does drivers ed cost?

The class fee is $60. In the following counties, that fee includes the driving portion for students in the 9th grade or higher enrolled in a NC school. Asheville City, Buncombe, Henderson, Madison, Mitchell, Polk, Rutherford, Transylvania, and Yancey.

What if I choose a private school for the driving portion?

You will need to email a request for a 611 form to You MUST include the students name as it appears on the birth certificate, valid mailing address to send the form, and the name of the school you will be using.

What do I need to take to DMV to obtain a permit?

DMV Requirements