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Driver's Education in North Carolina

Most new drivers in North Carolina are required to successfully complete a State-approved driver's education program in order to obtain a North Carolina driver's license. In fact, for many applicants, the driver's education certificate of completion is part of the actual driver's license application.


  • North Carolina residents under the age of 18 must hold a learner's permit for a minimum of six months, and also complete a State-approved driver's education program before applying for a new license.
  • North Carolina residents 18 and older who have never held a license from North Carolina, or any other US state or foreign country, must hold a learner's permit for a minimum of 30 days, and complete a State-approved driver's education program before applying for a new license.


Driver's education courses are offered through both public and private school programs, all of which must be approved by the North Carolina Department of Transportation. Driving schools, licensed by the Division of Motor Vehicles, cover the same course content.


While driver's education courses vary from one school to another, all licensed programs must include the following components: After the successful completion of the driver's education course, your driving school will a send a copy of the completion certificate to the North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles, after which you may be issued a permanent driver's license. Drivers under the age of 18 must have their certificate signed and authorized by a parent or legal guardian.


In addition to the core requirements of a driver's education course, many driving schools in North Carolina offer optional programs that focus on particular aspects of driver education. Specialized courses include Auto Insurance Discount Courses or Defensive Driving courses, either of which may qualify students for a discount on auto insurance. These and other courses may also enable students to reduce points on their license, and/or get their license back sooner after a suspension. See our section on North Carolina driving schools for more information.


Reviews of Driver's Education in North Carolina

i am 48 and i would like to learn how to drive is there a drivers class for adults to learn

I am an adult who is looking to get my license for the first time. What driver's education classes are out there for me to attend?

Who covers insurance for non-permitted drivers operating a motor vehicle during drivers education in-car instruction as they are not legally operating a motor vehicle without the minimum of a learners permit...seem like a huge liability issue that the state needs to address...learners permit should be FIRST, then Ed and a minimum of 1-year of driving prior to operating a motor vehicle.

I am 17 and turn 18 in augest, I failed 2 classes in hight school how long do I loose my permit

you failed spelling to huh

And you don't understand grammar either, huh? Suppose to be "too", not "to"! LOL!

LOL ^^^

what if u have already taken the eduation driving course and you are 18 now and want 2 get your permit what do i do? and is it possible 4 me 2 get a permit without taking the course over again?

if ive taken the drivers ed course but my certificate is expired what do i do to get my permit....?