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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. ​​


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​

Appointments Required

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



Levels of Graduated Licensing

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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2/12/2021 12:45 PM

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