Learn about North Carolina Drivers License Requirements

If you are at least 15 years of age and have completed an approved driver education course that meets North Carolina requirements and can present a Driving Eligibility Certificate (issued by the public school system), a high school diploma or its equivalent, you may apply for a Level One Limited Learner Permit to operate vehicles requiring a Class C License. You must also present proof of residency and social security number

  • You must be at least 15 years old but less than 18 years old and reside in North Carolina.

  • You must pass written, signs and vision tests.

  • All passengers must be restrained by seatbelt or child safety seat.

  • No one except the driver and the supervising driver are allowed in the front seat.

  • During the first six months, a Level One permit authorizes you to drive between the hours of 5 a.m. and 9 p.m. while accompanied by your supervising driver.

  • Six months from Level One issuance, you are eligible to drive anytime with your supervising driver.

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