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Getting a License or Learner Permit

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To get a North Carolina learner permit, 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 for a driver license. Teens 15 to 17 years old must apply for a limited learner permit as 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: NCDMV also offers an N.C. REAL ID driver license, which requires additional information and requirements.

North Carolina issues learner permits from a central location and mails them to applicants within 20 days. Driver license applicants receive a Temporary Driving Certificate to use until their permit arrives.

Permit Fees

Applicants must pay a fee to be issued a North Carolina learner permit. View a list of licenses and fees.

Restrictions

  • A learner permit authorizes unlicensed drivers to drive a specified type or class of motor vehicles while in possession of the permit.
  • While operating a motor vehicle, a permit holder must be accompanied in the front passenger seat by a licensed adult.
  • NCDMV might not license an individual who suffers 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.

7/10/2018 10:19 AM

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