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Contactless Road Tests & Road Test Waivers

Contactless road tests are now available at limited locations by appointment for those who may not be eligible for a waiver or those Level 2 drivers that have received a waiver and now need a road test to advance to Level 3. See if you are eligible for a contactless road test.

Temporary road test waivers are still in place to allow some qualified drivers to get their regular Class C license. Read More​.



To get a North Carolina driver license for the first time, an individual must be at least 18 years old and apply in person at an N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles driver license office.

Note: Individuals at least 18 years old may also apply first for a learner permit. Teens 15 to 17 years old must apply for a limited learner permit as a part of a graduated licensing process.

Qualified applicants must successfully complete required knowledge, road sign recognition, vision and driving tests and take the following required documents to an NCDMV driver license office.

Note: An individual's name must match the name on the documents above. Otherwise they must provide a proof of name change, such as a certified marriage license or certificate, divorce decree or document from the courts or Register of Deeds.

​​​​​​​​​​​​​Appointments Required

Appointments are required for ALL services that need to be completed in a driver license office.



Additional Details

License Expiration

Licenses issued to adults age 18 to 65 are valid for eight years; licenses issued to adults 66 and over are valid for five years.

Additional Requirements & Restrictions

  • Additional requirements may apply, depending on the type of license and individual needs. 
  • An individual who does not own or drive a currently registered vehicle can still apply for a license but might be restricted to driving only fleet vehicles. To remove the restriction, they must present proof of financial liability insurance and pay a duplicate-license fee.
  • NCDMV might not license individuals who suffer from a mental or physical condition that might keep them from driving safely. A person with a disability might be issued a restricted license, provided the condition does not keep them from driving safely.

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2/12/2021 12:46 PM

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