North Carolina Drivers Ed
In the state of North Carolina, all new drivers may begin a driver education course at the age of 14 and a half. It will teach you the rules of the road, vehicle safety, road signs, and everything you need in order to start a drivers training for the first time. For applicants over 18 years old taking a North Carolina drivers education course is not mandatory.
Drivers Ed Classes
In most cases, North Carolina driving schools contract with the state high schools to provide you with the driver education classes. If your high school doesn't offer the course you can take any approved drivers ed class in a local driving school. DMV-approved drivers education courses are state funded.
Once you are done with the course you will be issued a Driver Education Certificate that is required for obtaining an instruction permit.
North Carolina Drivers Ed Curriculum
In the state of North Carolina you must take a DMV-approved 30-hour drivers education course. There is no special requirement for a behind the wheel training hours before you can take a driving skills test. The drivers education course curriculum already includes 6 hours of the in-car practice.
If you feel that it is not enough for you to pass a driving DMV test you may take more driving lessons with a licensed instructor or parents during the required 12 months period. More practice makes you a better driver.
North Carolina GDL
The graduated driver licensing system is the most affective tool to become a safe driver and to avoid traffic accidents. In the state of North Carolina there are three steps of the GDL program. All new drivers under the age of 18 must complete a drivers education course and get a learners permit first (Level One). Once you hold a permit for at least 12 months and pass a driving test you are eligible to graduate to Level Two - the provisional license. The final step is upgrading to the unrestricted drivers license (Level Three).
For detailed information about each licensing step, learners permit, drivers ed and the provisional license restrictions please check out the North Carolina Driver's Handbook. You may find it on-line or get a hard copy at your local driver license office.
Drivers Permit Test
When you turn 15 years old and ready for obtaining an instruction permit you need to take a "written exam at your local driver license office. Applicants are required to pass a vision, traffic signs and driving knowledge tests. After that you will be issued an instruction permit.
If you have not taken a drivers education class yet and you want to prepare for your knowledge DMV exam and pass it with flying colors, it will be very beneficial to take some practice tests based on North Carolina rules and regulations.