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How To: Getting Your Driver's License in North Carolina

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It can be time-consuming at first, and receiving your driver's is complicated, so take a look at the articles below for some guidance. Covering driving schools, the different tests, receiving your license guides, mandatory fees, steps, and forms, and everything else you need to know on obtaining your license. As well, check out our commercial, boaters, and motorcycle license resources.

List of Driving Schools in North Carolina

This page provides a list of on-site driving schools available in North Carolina as well as information about available online driving school alternatives.

North Carolina DMV Practice Permit Tests offers North Carolina specific DMV practice permit tests that help you prepare for your permit exam. We provide questions just like the nc DMV and a number of practice test options.

North Carolina Driver's License Manual

In order to apply for your [[/nc/north-carolina/drivers-license|Driver’s License]] you must first pass a written test. The driver’s manual is the book that provides the information you need to know in order to pass your written test and to get your [[/nc/north-carolina/learners-permits-for-beginner-drivers|driver’s permit]].

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

Residents of North Carolina need to apply for driving license if they want to legally operate a motor vehicle on the public roads in the state. The North Carolina drivers license serves as an identification document as well. Drivers must follow certain North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles requirements before completing a drivers license application.

Driver's Education in North Carolina

Article discussing drivers ed in NC. When driver education courses are mandatory, benefits and costs, who offers classes, etc.

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.

How to Apply For a Boating License in North Carolina

North Carolina requires a Boater Education Card for boaters, and not a boating license. The regulatory authority for the card is [ North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission].

There is a restriction on the age of boat operators. If you are under 14 years of age, you cannot operate a personal vessel. Boaters between the age of 14 and 16 require a Boater Education Course Certificate unless they are under the supervision of a person at least 18 years of age.

Applying for a North Carolina New Driver’s License – Under 18

North Carolina residents need to apply for driving licenses in order to legally drive a motor vehicle on the public roads and highways in the state. If they meet the North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles requirements, they can get drivers licenses. First-time learners permit applicants are required to pass several exams and provide certain documentation while applying for drivers licenses.

Beginner Drivers in North Carolina

A resource for new drivers looking to obtain their NC drivers license and begin driving. DMV test information, licensing levels and more