Restricted Instruction Permit

The School Bus and Traffic Safety Section of the DMV provides the following dates and locations to perform eye exams for the restricted instruction permit. This information is updated as dates are provided. 

***NOTE - DMV Offices do not provide eye exams  Do not call DMV to schedule appointments for eye exams - SBTS has set up the locations below solely for the eye exams

  • Dates are updated when provided by DMV

  • No Appointment is necessary

  • An instructor will be present to sign the form

  • Only students over the age of 14 1/2 and under 18 may obtain an eye exam

  • Bring the filled out RIP form with you – it is the only information you need

  • Be sure to note the session or school class student attended on the form

  • Note any entrance directions

  • Anyone may accompany the student to eye exam

  • Do not submit form until student is enrolled in a class


Print form here 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.



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 a rep 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.

2/7      2:00 - 4:00 PM


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

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

Enter the right side of the building from the main parking, the second door on the left. There is a sign on the door that says “Eye Exams”.  Overflow parking at Bowling Alley (tarheel lanes)  Only 1 student is allowed out of the vehicle at a time and students must wear a mask.

1/14    1:00 - 3:00 PM

2/4      1:00 - 3:00 PM


East Rutherford High School - 331 E High Rd, Bostic, NC 28018

Must bring RIP form with top portion filled out and parent signature.

11/30        3:30 - 4:30 PM 


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



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



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



Polk High School - 1681 NC-108, Columbus, NC 28722

1/13     3:00 - 4:00 PM In room 126

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 60-120 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.

Below are some useful links explaining the process: