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How to Apply for a New Driver's License in North Carolina

You can apply for a new driver's license at any driver license office in North Carolina. Obtain a North Carolina Driver's Handbook to familiarize with the driving rules and regulations.

NEW DRIVERS AND FIRST TIME APPLICANTS

Following are the basic requirements for applying for a North Carolina driver's license:

  1. Applicants must be 15 years or older.
  2. Any individual under 18 should provide parental consent and must complete the graduated licensing program. For additional details, see Beginner Drivers and/or Learner's Permits for Beginner Drivers.
  3. Everyone must pass the vision, written, road sign recognition and road tests. See Practice Tests and Driver's Handbook for more information on the written examination. Driver education programs can help individuals prepare for their road test.
  4. Applicants must provide two acceptable proofs of identification.
  5. Applicants must provide proof of North Carolina residency and liability insurance.
  6. Applicants must provide the social security card, or letter of ineligibility from the Social Security Administration.
  7. Applicants must provide proof of legal presence in US.

NEW RESIDENTS

North Carolina residents holding a driver's license from another state need to pass all three tests. The road test may be waived at the discretion of the examiner. However, like other applicants, new residents must provide proof of identification, residency, liability insurance on the car, legal presence and social security number. Non-US citizens residing in North Carolina may apply for a North Carolina driver's license, as long as they can provide proof that they are legally authorized to be in the United States, and meet all the other requirements. Note that a North Carolina driver's license issued to a foreign national will expire no later than the last date on which they are authorized to be in the United States by the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service.

FEES

The cost for a North Carolina driver's license is $4 per year.

VALIDITY

The validity of a North Carolina driver's license is based on the driver's age at the time the license was issued.
  • For drivers between 18 and 53, the license is valid for 8 years.
  • For drivers 54 and older, the license is valid for 5 years.

LEARNER'S LICENSE

With certain restrictions, an individual can legally drive in North Carolina with a learner's permit. See more information on learner's permits here.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Reviews of How to Apply for a New Driver's License in North Carolina

i am an unexperienced driver with no car to call my own but my employer wants me to be able to drive. Do i need liability insurance to get my license when he has insurance to cover the vehicle i'll be driving? please reply to lebarron447@gmail.com

Im 17 i dropped out of school but im going to get my g.e.d. can i get my permit or license?

i recently at 17 had a permit that experied a month before i turned 18 because once you 18 you cant obtain one anymore. But the after i fail 2 classes and they revoaked my permit but it had already experied being that im 18 can i still get my full license?

Good day to you. I was a NC resident until April 2011, then got an OH drivers license. I needed to take care of my ailing mother, who has since passed away. I am now living back in NC and want to get my NC drivers license. Do I still need to take all the tests again even though it has been less then 2 yrs since I got OH DL and how much do the drivers license cost.

I am 17 and I have my Virginia drivers license and need to get a NC drivers license ! How do I go about getting that and what test will I take? And what if I am passed my 60 day mark?

I just moved from Texas and my permit is expired and it's time for my license. Can I go to a NC DMV and get my license?

I'm 17 and still have my permit. I'm supposed to be getting my driver's license soon, what do I need to do and/or bring to be elligible to get one? The directions on this website are unclear to me.

I have not gotten a permit but I am 17 and am about to graduate. Now, I have heard many different stories about this issue so I thought I would ask, when I graduate, do I have to wait til I am 18 to get my full license or am I able to get it as soon as I graduate, even though I am 17? Also, if it is possible, could I be able to get my license before I graduate without having to go through the learner's permit?

I'm 17, and i haven't lived with my parents for almost a year. I live with my boyfriends mom. Does that make her my guardian to sign for me to get my license, or could my grandmother take me to get my license and sign?

1994 moved to ca from nc,i got my dl, lived there for 13 years.I came back in 2007 my ca license exp first month of 2008 also ca in 2005 suspended my license for my child support,it is cleared now.I got my first and only DUI in NC on Nov 2008.they said driving without a license and then they put down my NC Dl # from 20 years ago.they do not recognize my Ca dl,but that was the license i got a DUI on but it was suspended.Its been 4 years without having a license,Ca sent a letter to DVM,and cleared my ca license.i have to get a interlock on my car because of a .15..that law came into affect in DEC 2008,what do i do,shouldn't it be under the ca DVM law or NC law,should i go back and renew my dl in ca.i just got a report from ca and everything is OK.please help.

My license are suspended in Va. may I obtain a N.C license now that I'm a resident to n.c..

NC DMV is linked to several states and Virginia is one of them. They will see that your license is suspended. You will need to clear up the issues in Virginia before you can be granted a license in NC. I just finished going through this process myself. Sorry. :(

I am a foreigner, staying in NC using Visitor's Visa because my children are here for study. What is the documents needed for me to get my Drivers License? Please reply by email.

My license are suspended in Va. may I obtain a N.C license now that I'm a resident to n.c..

I'm a new resident to NC and my license is suspended in GA can I still get my NC license? Please email me @ shaylaperkins@Hotmail.com

I have a suspended license in florida, I now live in North Carolina. can I get my license here without clearing my florida suspension?

QUESTION: As a new resident, Is it possible to obtain a NORTH CAROLINA drivers license if you are suspended in another state(VIRGINIA)?

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My husband is Active Duty Army and we are residents of Alaska but he is stationed here in North Carolina. My employer states that I must have a valid NC driver's license. Since we wish to return to Alaska and do not want to give up residency in Alaska how do I get a NC DL with an Alaskan Address? I went to the DMV today and the man at the Fuquay Varina office was extremely rude about it and insisted that it is not possible. However, I have gotten DL's in other states that simply had my Alaska Address on it so I know some states can do it.

Can this be done in North Carolina?

If not, why is this different here than in other states such as Virginia, New Yorn and Washington D.C.?

Hello. I have a driving license issued only with my country I.D and with mi ITIN number. Can I renew my license again with my ITIN number? Please let me know if I can. Thank you so much. I really need it!

I'm in Florida and ill be here the next 3 months my NC driver license will expire this October 21 st. What do I need to renovate by mail

I have my Georgia restricted license but I moved full-time to North carolina and I want to get my full driver's license. how do I get it and what do I need? I am 18 years old and have a registered vehicle. please email me. heyward.cart@gmail.com my name is Heyward

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I moved to NC from NY and I don't own a vehicle. How can I still convert my license to NC?

I moved to NC from NY and I don't own a vehicle. How can I still convert my license to NC?

Hello. We are Americans, but are missionaries in Botswana. Before we went to Africa, we had OH driver licenses. Those expired since we were away - but we no longer had residence there. We will be renting a house in NC and wanted to know what we must do to get a NC license? We cannot surrender our Botswana license, as we are returning there after our furlough in the beginning of 2012. Thank you.

If license is suspended in another state (ohio) am I still able to get my nc lisence please reply at MISSTHANG43302@yahoo.com plz

let me know if anyone has answered your question. My boyfriend has the same issue. We are from Ohio too!

EGay

will i be able to get a north carolina drivers license if my ohio license is suspended? It is because of 2 speeding tickets and no insurance at the time of my stop.

what type of proof of residency do i need

Can I drive my motorcycle outside the stat of NC with a NC learners permit?

Hello I have a California drivers license that expires on my bday which is Monday. Can you please tell me what I have to do to get a NC license? Do I have to take a written test and how much does it cost? Thank you.

hi, my license is about to expire, can i renew with my ITTN (tax number), since i don't have soc sec. Please answer me to fabiano.nyc@hotmail.com, thank you

I had my drivers license suspended due to a DWI. This was my first offense and I was issued a limited license so I could work. I did my community service and also completed th ADECS class as ordered by the court. What do i have to do to get my license restored. Also how long does it take to receive the imformation from the DMV.

hi, my name is Jacqueline and i wanted to know if i could apply for a driver licenses but i dont have a ssn i have my itin could i apply with that one. im living in north carolina greensboro. salassjackie23@yahoo.com

thank you

hi, my name is Jacqueline and i wanted to know if i could apply for a driver licenses but i dont have a ssn i have my itin could i apply with that one. im living in north carolina greensboro. salassjackie23@yahoo.com

thank you

Hello i am trying to apply for my drivers license but i am not eligible for a SSN, i do however have my ITIN, and i was wondering if that, along with a form of proof that i am not eligible for a SSN would be enough for me to get my drivers license. Please e-mail me at bloodschythe@gmail.com

Thank You,

Edward Soto

I am moving from Delaware to NC i have Delaware licenses what i have to do to get NC licenses? What all do i need when i come to DMV get my NC licenses? Thank you Ms. Cooper.

I am moved from NYC to NC and I have NYC licenses. What i have to do to get NC licenses? What all do I need when I go to DMV get my NC licenses? What is the cost for the replacement/transfer?

please reply

I'm sorry plz e-mail me @ doris.cooper39@yahoo.com

QUESTION: As a new resident, Is it possible to obtain a NORTH CAROLINA drivers license if you are suspended in another state(VIRGINIA)?

I know some states dont allow you to get a license in their state if you are suspended in another state and some do.

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i lost my d.l

I do have a NC driver's licenses ,i lost it,(i want to reorder one on line without going to the local office.what do i do ...where do i need to go to do that....please help!!!!!!!!!

i lost my license and want to go on line to change my address what do i do ?

I lost my wallet in my drivers licenses was in there.

Lost my card

I am in North Carolina for a short visit from Nigeria. Can I drive with my Nigerian Drivers licence for the next 10 weeks that I am going to be here?

how much money do you need to take up to the dmv and what kinda of proofs do you need to have of indentification

I just arrived in charlotte from Brazil. how long can i drive with a valid Brazilian driver's license before applying for a NC driver's license?

did u move from brazilian the law states that if u in a state for 30 days u have to get a lic in that state

 

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