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Road Tests & Road Test Waivers

Road tests have resumed for all drivers that do not qualify for a waiver. However, temporary road test waivers are available to qualifying drivers 18 years old and older who need a regular Class C license, and to 16 and 17-year-old drivers who are seeking a Level 2 limited provisional 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​

Make an Appointment​

Skip the line at driver license offices by making an appointment online. If you do not find an available appointment, please continue to check back as new available appointments are added each day.


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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10/22/2021 5:01 PM

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