North Carolina Driver License Info
Obtaining your first drivers license is a huge step! In North Carolina, drivers between the ages of 15 and 18 years, receive a Graduated Drivers License. This system of multiple license levels has strict requirements for minor drivers to ensure you have the on-the-road experience you need to safely operate a vehicle when you become an adult.
Level 1 of the Graduated Drivers License in North Carolina is the Limited Learner Permit. The Limited Learner Permit can be obtained by North Carolina residents who are15 years of age, but under the age of 18 and allows you to drive a vehicle, while you are being supervised by an adult, licensed driver, between the hours of 5 a.m. and 9 p.m.. In addition, you cannot use a cellphone or any other technology devices while behind the wheel, while you have your learners permit.
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To obtain your Limited Learners Permit, you must:
- Be at least 15 years of age and under 18 years of age,
- Complete an approved driver education course,
- Pass your written learners permit test and sign recognition test,
- Pass a vision test,
- Present a Driving Eligibility Certificate, high school diploma or equivalent.
Level 2 of North Carolina's Graduated Drivers License program is the Limited Provisional License. Your Limited Provisional License will allow you to drive unsupervised between the hours of 5 a.m. and 9 p.m.. Outside of these hours, you are only allowed to drive unsupervised when driving directly to or from work, or to or from any volunteer fire, rescue or emergency medical service.
To obtain your Limited Provisional License you must:
- Have had your Limited Learner Permit for at least 12 months,
- No moving violations convictions or seat belt/mobile phone infractions, for at least six months,
- Be at least 16 years old, but less than 18 years old,
Level 3 of the Graduated Drivers License program in North Carolina is the Full Provisional License. With your full provisional license, you will be able to drive unsupervised at any time and anywhere. However, you are still prohibited from using a cellphone or any other technology while driving.
To obtain your Full Provisional License you must:
- Have had your Limited Provisional License for at least six months and
- Have had no moving violations convictions or seat belt/mobile phone infractions for at least six months.
While you are under the age of 18, North Carolina has other very strict educational guidelines for their drivers, no matter which level of the Graduated Drivers License program you are at. If you drop out of school, the school authorities will notify the NC DMV that you are no longer eligible for a Driving Eligibility Certificate, and the DMV will revoke your drivers license or learner permit. If you are suspended from school for more than 10 consecutive days, you will lose your license. In addition, if you have been assigned to an alternative educational setting for disciplinary reasons, for more than 10 consecutive days, you will also lose your license or learners permit. This suspension will remain in effect for 12 months or until a Driving Eligibility Certificate is reissued by your school.
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