Resources for Students and Parents

Temporary adjustment to graduated licensing requirement. 

Changed from 12 months to 6 months until Dec 2021. Level one permit holders would still have to log 60 hours behind the wheel with a supervising parent and be at least 16 years old to qualify for this “Level 2” license.


Senate Bill 654


SECTION 11.(a) Notwithstanding G.S. 20-11(n), 115C-12(28), 115C-218.70,
115C-288(k), 115C-566, and 115D-5(a3), a person required to sign a driving eligibility certificate shall issue the driving eligibility certificate without requiring the person to whom it is issued to be making progress toward obtaining a high school diploma or its equivalent, and no school authority shall notify the Division of Motor Vehicles that a person no longer meets the requirements for a driving eligibility certificate because the person is not making progress toward obtaining a high school diploma or its equivalent.
SECTION 11.(b) This section is effective when it becomes law and expires January
30, 2022.

DMV  Handbook                                              

Handbook Review       

Review questions for DMV Permit Test    

What to take to the DMV

Road Sign Review

Test your knowledge on the meanings of traffic and road signs. This test contains 5 parts, 30 multiple choice questions for each part.  If you are preparing for your first driving test or just studying to get a learner's permit, you know you'll need to pass a written test in addition to the road test you'll use to demonstrate your knowledge behind the wheel. The written test will require you to display your understanding of the many traffic signs. This page is meant to serve as a study guide and a general knowledge exam covering these common signs  Practice Here

Driving Log to advance to Level 2

Restrictions - Level 1 Permit

  • While driving, a supervising driver will accompany you

  • The first six months, you may only drive from 5 AM to 9 PM with your supervising driver

  • You are not permitted to use a mobile telephone or other additional technology associated with a mobile phone while operating a motor vehicle on public vehicular areas


Driving Log to advance to Level 3

The Limited Provisional License allows you to;

  • Drive unsupervised from 5 AM until 9 PM

  • Drive unsupervised when driving directly to or from work or any volunteer fire, rescue or emergency medical service



Requirements for Learner's Permit


Driving Eligibility Certificate

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.

          Home School Students

​Parents can request a certificate from the NCDNPE

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.

        Private or Boarding School Students

Driver education is provided to students attending school within the state of North Carolina. Minors attending school outside the state of North Carolina but who reside in North Carolina can attend one of the DMV certified commercial driving schools throughout North Carolina. Students attending school outside North Carolina can obtain a Driving Eligibility Certificate from the local school system central office in which they have permanent residence. The local education agency determines what evidence is needed to verify an out of state student's Driving Eligibility. Please contact the Driver's Training Coordinator at your local school district central office for the school system's criteria. A North Carolina Driver Education Certification of Completion obtained from the commercial driving school is also presented to the local central public school system office. Both the DEC and the certificate of completion of Driver's Training are presented to the local DMV office.