Restricted Instruction Permit

ONLY School Bus and Traffic Safety EYE EXAMS CAN BE ACCEPTED




The School Bus and Traffic Safety Section of the DMV will be offering free eye exams for the restricted instruction permit. The dates and location are listed below.

No appointment is necessary. YOU MUST BRING THE RIP FORM WITH YOU

Print form:   RIP FORM

Please note social distancing, facial coverings, and other precautions will be required. They can accommodate no more than two people in the building at a time; you will have to wait outside and six feet apart.


Drivers Ed Survey

Researchers at the University of North Carolina are interested in learning how COVID-19 has affected families who have a teenage driver. You will receive a $10 Visa gift card for completing this 10-minute online survey. To participate you must:


Have a teen who had a learner permit in March 2020, when COVID-19 caused a state-wide shutdown in North Carolina
Have been involved in supervising their driving practice
Follow this link to complete the questionnaire:

Your personal information will be kept confidential. Any responses will be shared anonymously.

Please send any questions to Natalie O’Brien (  


Tunnel Rd DMV Office (600 Tunnel Rd. Asheville 28805)  

Due to the re-opening of DMV office at this location, SHP has agreed to the use the conference room for the eye exams.  In an attempt to cut down on crowding at the door to the new DMV eye exams will be routed to the front entrance of the Patrol station, where they’ll be picked up by one of us and escorted back to the conference room. **Look for the large ‘Highway Patrol Troop G’ sign with the arrow on it and come to the front of the building, near the flag pole.


  • 1/25     8:00 - 12:00 & 1:00- 3:00

  • 2/1          8:00 - 12:00 & 1:00- 3:00

  • 2/8        8:00 - 12:00 & 1:00- 3:00

  • 2/15       8:00 - 12:00 & 1:00- 3:00

  • 2/22      8:00 - 12:00 & 1:00- 3:00


Henderson DMV  (125 Baystone Dr., Hendersonville NC 28791)

PARK ONLY IN THE MAIN LOT (side and back parking for law enforcement only)  

Enter back of building.  Only 1 student is allowed out of the vehicle at a time and students must wear a mask.


  • 1/14         8:00 - 11:30 & 12:30 - 3:00

  • 1/28        8:00 - 11:30 & 12:30 - 3:00

  • 2/4            8:00 - 11:30 & 12:30 - 3:00

  • 2/11          8:00 - 11:30 & 12:30 - 3:00

  • 2/18        8:00 - 11:30 & 12:30 - 3:00

  • 2/26       8:00 - 12:00


RS Middle School -  545 Charlotte Rd, Rutherfordton, NC 28139

Social distancing and masks required.

1/27.    3:00 - 4:00 PM at RS Middle School 


Madison High School - 5740 U.S. Hwy. 25/70, Marshall, NC 28753

1/26  2:00 - 4:00 PM       Social distancing and masks required.


Mitchell High School - 416 Ledger School Rd, Bakersville, NC 28705

1/27.    2:00 - 4:00 PM  Social distancing and masks required


Mountain Heritage HS - 333 Mountain Heritage High School Rd, Burnsville, NC 28714

1/28.    2:00 - 4:00 PM  Social distancing and masks required

Any questions regarding final grades or form should be directed to your class instructor. 

You will not receive confirmation of RIP receipt until grades are in and you have been assigned an instructor.

The RIP form is how the students are added to the list to complete the driving portion after the class.  


Fill out the top portion of the form and take it with you to the DMV. They will complete the eye exam portion. Driving instructors will contact you at the number you list on the form. List a number that will be answered 

  • Once you have the eye exam completed, you must send the form to the main office (Mountain Professionals Driving School PO Box 212 Bakersville NC 28705). 

  • You will not be added to the list for driving without turning in the form.. DO NOT take form to high school or driver, it must be mailed in for grade verification.  

Once the course is over and instructor receives the RIP it typically takes 30 - 90 days before students are called to schedule the driving portion. This may take longer for younger students, as there are many taking drivers ed that are already 16/17.


Your driving instructor will call you to schedule you for driving when it is your turn. Contact information for instructors is not given out, if you have any questions regarding the driving portion, you may email


NC DMV regulations state that each student must drive 6 hours with an instructor and no more than two hours per student per day. There must also be 2 or more students in the car, so completion of the driving portion takes at least 12 hours.

Covid precautions can be found here:

The instructor will provide you with a participation form or you may download the form here:


Below are some useful links explaining the process:

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Customer service: 828-385-4477

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Mountain Professionals Driving School

PO Box 212

Bakersville NC 28705

Phone 828-385-4477

Fax  888-658-6616