Learner’s Permits

Learner’s Permits in North Carolina

North Carolina requires that new driver’s take thirty (30) hours of classroom instruction outside of school hours.   The new driver must be at least fourteen and a half (14.5) years old before they are allowed to register for this course.  After they complete this course, they will be permitted to receive behind-the-wheel instruction.

Under North Carolina law, students must complete six (6) hours of behind-the-wheel instruction. This instruction can be done through the student’s school or through a commercial driver training school, that is properly licensed. Once both the thirty (3)0 hours of classroom instruction and six (6) hours of hands-on training has been completed, the student must obtain a driving eligibility certificate from his or her school.

Once the certificate is obtained, the applicant must pass a written test with the North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles.  Once a learner’s permit has been issued, the driver may only drive with a validly licensed, sober supervising driver.  For the first six months following the issuance of the permit, the driver may only drive between the hours of 5 a.m to 9 p.m.  After the first six months, the permit holder can drive at any time. There are strict rules against the driver using a cell phone for any reason while driving. Violating these rules can have criminal and licensing repercussions.

Lastly, the North Carolina DMV requires a permit holder to submit a driving log before he or she will be issued a regular driver’s license.  This log must detail at least 60 hours of driving on the learner’s permit, with ten (10) hours of night-time driving and ten (10) hours of driving per week.