If you have not graduated high school or aquired a GED, starting the process to get your first license requires a Driving Eligibility Certificate. This certificate is awarded to students who have completed Driver Education Classes.

Step 1, Requirements

  • You must be 14½ years of age
  • Must possess copy of Birth Certificate or Passport
Class Details

Driver Education class consists of two phases & an eye exam.

  • Classroom Phase
  • Eye Exam
  • Driving Phase

Step 2, Sign up for classes

Seek out the Driver Education lead teacher at your school.

Fill out & submit registration forms

  • The lead teacher may visit your homeroom, PE class, or have information announced
  • Schools may set up tables during 9th grade orientation
  • Check your school's main office

Preparing for Driver Education class

Make sure to be bring the following items;

  • Copy of Birth Certificate or Passport
  • Pencil, paper, & a Loose leaf notebook
  • Depending on class format, you may want to bring lunch, snacks, and drinks for the day.

Step 3, Apply for Limited Learner Permit

After receiving your Driving Eligibility Certificate you can apply for a Level One Limited Learner Permit.

Situational Requirements for Driving Eligibility Certificate

  • Must be 15 years old but less than 18 years old. (Over the age of 18? Learner's Permit & Driver License information)
  • Must be currently enrolled in school and making progress toward a high school diploma.
  • If not enrolled in school, show that you or your family would face a substantial hardship if you did not receive a driver license.

Students attending schools outside of North Carolina can obtain an eligibility certificate from the public school they would normally attend if they were not enrolled in an out-of-state school.