RALEIGH - The North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles this week began distributing the newest edition of the North Carolina Driver's Handbook, updated to include the most recent changes to driving laws by the N.C. General Assembly. The new edition has been reformatted to its earlier digest size and contains 88 pages of rules, laws, signs, signals and tips for drivers across the state. Handbooks will be available at driver license offices across the state within the next two weeks. The books are also issued to first-time drivers through the Department of Public Instruction and driver education classes. The English version of the handbook is also available online. A Spanish translation will be posted on the DMV website soon. The handbook has been published for decades as a study tool for first-time drivers, newcomers to North Carolina, and those refreshing their knowledge about the rules of the road. Chapters cover the different types of permits and licenses issued and how to obtain them, basic driving skills, traffic signs and signals, rules of the road, information about points and suspensions, and driver and passenger safety. The handbook typically is re-issued following major changes in driver licensing legislation. The current edition numbers 600,000 copies and was printed at a cost of about 23 cents per copy.