Frequently asked questions
Q1: Does a student have to take Driver Education?
A: Yes, if that student wants to get a Learner’s Permit or License before he/she is 18 years old.
Q2: Does it cost anything to take Driver Education?
A: Yes in Davidson County the class cost only $65.00.
Q3: How old must a student be before he/she can take Driver Education?
A: The student must be 14 ½ years of age by the first day of class.
Q4: Must a student complete the classroom instruction before he/she can start the Behind-the-Wheel Training?
Q5: If a student goes to private school or is home schooled, how do they take Driver Education?
A: If you are in Davidson County contact the school you would attend by your location.
Q6: What should the student do with his/her Driver Education Certificate?
A: This certificate is good as long as you need it.
Q7: Is a dropout eligible to take Driver Education?
A: No, the student must be enrolled in a public, private, or home school.
Q8: When can a student get a Learner’s Permit?
A: When the student is 15 years old, if he/she has completed the classroom and Behind-the-Wheel phases of Driver Education.
Q9: What items does a student take to the driver license office to get a Learner’s Permit?
A: The student will need to take the following items:
- Driver Education Certificate
- Original or Certified Birth Certificate
- Social Security Card
- Driver Eligibility Certificate
- 1 parent or guardian to sign the permit
- $20.00 cash for the permit fee
Q10: Can a student obtain a Learner's Permit without taking Driver's Ed?
A: No, unless the student is 18 years old.
Q11: Does a student have to get a Learner’s Permit before he/she gets a License?
A: Yes, unless the student is 18 years old.
Q12: Where do students get a Driver Eligibility Certificate?
A: If the student attends a high school in the Davidson County School System, then the student may contact an administrator or secretary. If the student is in a private school in North Carolina, the student may contact the principal of the private school.
Q13: Must a student complete the classroom instruction before he/she can start the Behind-the-Wheel Training?
Q14: If a student goes to private school or is home schooled, how do they take Driver Education?
A: Call the Driver Education Coordinator at the high school that is closest to their home.
Q15: How long is the Driver Eligibility Certificate valid?
A: 30 days
Q16: How long does a student have to drive on a Learner’s Permit?
A: One full year
Q17: After driving a year with a Learner’s Permit, can a person get a License?
Q18: How long does a student on the Level Two-Limited Provisional License drive on the 5:00a.m to 9:00p.m. curfew?A: Six months and the student must be ticket free for the six months to move to the next level
Q19: After successfully passing the 30 hour classroom phase, how long will it take before my child is called to drive?
A: Under normal circumstances, it will take 1 to 3 months for your child to drive. A driving instructor will call to set up schedule.