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Graduated Licensing



Getting a Graduated License

Teens at least 15 years old who have received a Driving Eligibility Certificate and a Driver's Education Certificate from an approved driver education course can apply at an NCDMV driver license office for a North Carolina graduated license.

The following documents are required:

In addition to successfully completing a North Carolina-approved driver education course, teen drivers may only operate a motor vehicle while being supervised by:

  • A parent or legal guardian
  • A grandparent
  • An adult who has been approved by a parent or legal guardian

The supervisor must be:

  • A licensed driver
  • Licensed for five years
  • Seated next to driver when supervising​

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Levels of Graduated Licensing

LevelEligibility & RestrictionsFee

Level 1: Limited learner permit


Supervised operation of a Class C vehicle



Level 2: Limited provisional license


Unsupervised driving from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. and to/from work or any volunteer fire, rescue or emergency medical service


  • Be 16 to 17 years old
  • Have a limited learner permit for 12 months
  • Completed and logged at least 60 hours  of driving
  • No convictions of moving violations or seat belt/mobile phone infractions within the last six months
  • Provide proof of liability insurance coverage from a provider licensed to do business in North Carolina
  • Pass an on-the-road driving test
  • When driving unsupervised, there may be no more than one passenger under 21 years old in the vehicle unless passengers are members of the same household as the driver
  • Use of mobile devices prohibited

Level 3: Full provisional license


Unsupervised driving at any time


  • Be 16 to 17 years old
  • Maintained a limited provisional license for at least six months
  • Have no convictions of motor vehicle moving violations or seat belt/mobile telephone infractions within the last six months.
  • Completed and logged at least 12 hours of driving
  • Use of mobile devices prohibited
$5 per year

Restrictions for Teen Drivers

Anyone under age 18 must be enrolled in school and be making progress toward a high school diploma or GED to stay eligible for a Driving Eligibility Certificate, which is a requirement for graduated licensing.

The N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles revokes teen driving privileges when it receives notice from proper school authorities that an individual has dropped out.

Teen drivers will lose their license for 12 months or until they receive a Driving Eligibility Certificate or high school diploma, if they are either:

  • Suspended from school
  • Assigned to an alternative education setting for 10 consecutive days as a result of disciplinary action

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3/27/2020 10:17 AM

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