General Information about Getting a License


Driving is the most dangerous thing we do.  Each year44,000 people die on our roadways.  Today's traffic is more complexthan ever.  Every day new drivers and vehicles enter onto our alreadyovercrowded highway system.  With more traffic on the highways, lawshave become tougher for the vehicle operator. Becoming a new member ofNorth Carolina's licensed vehicle operator population is as serious aslife and death.

Atkins High School's Driver Education program is designed anddedicated to help the student gain a basic understanding of how tooperate a motor vehicle safely.  It will help prepare the student forthe behind-the-wheel instruction and eventually the North Carolinadriver license exam requirements.  But most of all, it will prepare thestudent for a lifetime skill that can enhance a quality of life. 

InNorth Carolina, drivers under age 18 are provisional licensees and mustpass a Driver Education Course in order to get a license. This isavailable through their high schools and professional agencies. TheDriver Education Course consists of a 30 hours of class work and 6hours behind the wheel training.  

 

Students wishing to take Drivers Education should go online to the North Carolina Driving School to sign up for the course.

In-Class (30 hours):

Students must be 14 1/2 years of age to take the required 30-hour classroom portion and are enrolled in the class in DOB order, oldest first.  The instructor will call each student to insure that they can commit to the class schedule (excluding summer sessions).  PERFECT ATTENDANCE IS MANDATORY.  You must be able to attend the class for two consecutive weeks, three hours each day.

 
Duringthe regular school year, the 30-hour classroom phase is held afterschool.
 
In-Car (6 hours):

Nostudent will be scheduled for behind-the-wheel instruction until all 30hours of classroom instruction have been completed.  Students arescheduled to drive by the classroom phase of Driver Education they arein. The oldest students drive first, down to the youngest, in order. Each behind-the-wheel instructor sets his/her own driving schedule andwill call the student to set up a time for driving. The student shouldreceive a total of six hours behind the wheel.

 

Level One Driver's Permit

 

Upon completing bothportions (in-class and in-car) of the Driver Education Course, thefollowing information must be presented to the Division of MotorVehicles (DMV) in order to obtain a Level One Driver's Permit.   In order to obtain a Level One Driver's Permit, students must:  

  • pass a DMV written test

  • pass a DMV traffic signs test

  • pass a DMV vision test

  • pay a $15.00 fee  

  • Documentation Requirements are as follows:

    • Certified or Original Birth Certificate or Passport  

    • Driver education certificate (received from Driver Education Course instructor)  

    • Academic certificate (   statingthat the student is passing at least five of six courses in a regularschool schedule or three of four courses in a block schedule and iscurrently enrolled in school. NOTE: Thecertificate is only good for thirty days, and then it has to berenewed, so do not get this until you have completed the Driver'sEducation Course.   Neither the lead driver education teacher nor his instructors issue this. Please check with the Guidance Department  for this certificate.)

    • Original Social Security card (may not be laminated!)  


Level One Learner's Permit Restrictions:

  • Forat least 12 months, the Level One driver must be supervised by parent,guardian or other approved licensed driver who has been licensed atleast five years.

  • SupervisingDriver -- A supervising driver shall be a parent, grandparent, orguardian of the permit holder or license holder or a responsible adultapproved by the parent or guardian. A supervising driver shall be alicensed driver who has been licensed to drive for at least five years.

  • All people in vehicle driven by Level One driver must wear a seat belt, and only the supervisor can ride in the front seat.

  • For the first six months, a Level One driver may only drive from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. with his or her supervisor.

  • For the second six months, a Level One driver may drive at any time with his or her supervisor.

  • Theuse of a mobile/cell telephone is prohibited. This includes the use ofany features related to a mobile/cell telephone, such as a camera,electronic mail, music, games, or the Internet. This applies only whenthe vehicle is in motion while driving on a street, highway, or publicvehicular area.

NOTE: Beforegraduating to Level Two, you must keep Level One for at least 12 monthsand have no convictions of motor vehicle moving violations or seatbelt/mobile telephone infraction in the preceding 6 months.
 

Level Two Limited License

After one (1) year, the student may get a Level Two Limited License by:

  • Passing a road test at the DMV

  • Providing proof of insurance certificate

  • Paying a fee (up to $20)  

  • A parent or legal guardian must sign for a minor.  

     
  •  Documentation requirements:  

    • Certified or Original Birth Certificate

    • Original Social Security card (may not be laminated!)  


Proof of liability insurance includes providing insurance documents such as:

    • DMV form DL-123 (usually obtained from your auto insurance agency)

    • or an original liability insurance policy binder;

    • or an insurance card with: your name, policy number, issue and expiration date.

     

  • Witha Level Two License, the student may drive without a supervising driverfrom 5:00am until 9:00pm. After 9:00pm, an adult must be in the carwith them.  Within six months, if the student has no trafficviolations, they may advance up to the unlimited driver's license(Level Three).

    • Youmay drive without supervision from 5 a.m. until 9 p.m. and at any timewhen driving directly to or from work or any volunteer fire, rescue orEMS (emergency medical service), if you are a member.

    • Whenthe license holder is driving the vehicle and is not accompanied by thesupervising driver, there may be no more than one passenger under 21years of age in the vehicle. This limit does not apply to passengerswho are members of the license holder's immediate family or whoseprimary residence is the same household as the license holder. However,if a family member or member of the same household as the licenseholder who is younger than 21 years of age is a passenger in thevehicle, no other passengers under 21 years of age who are not memberof the license holder's immediate family or members of the licenseholder's household, may be in the vehicle.

    NOTE: Beforegraduating to Level Three, you must keep this license for at least 6months and have no convictions of moving violations or seat beltinfractions within the preceding six months.  

     



    Level Three Full Provisional License

  • Uponcompletion of six months of driving with no convictions of movingviolations or seat belt infractions, you are eligible to receive aLevel Three License.   In order to obtain a Level Three Driver's License, students must:

     

     

    • pay a $20.00 fee  

     
  • A parent or legal guardian must sign for a minor.  

  •  Documentation requirements:
    • Certified or Original Birth Certificate

    • Original Social Security card (may not be laminated!)

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    FAQ

     

    1. Where do I sign up for Driver Education class?

      Atthe beginning of each school year, students will be provided with aDrivers Education Registration form.  These are also available atthe Atkins Main Office throughout the year.  Students are enrolled in the class in DOB order, oldest first.  The instructor will call each student to insure that they can commit to the class schedule.  PERFECT ATTENDANCE IS MANDATORY.  You must be able to attend the class for two consecutive weeks, three hours each day.
       

    2. How long does the classroom phase of Driver Education take to complete and how are the classes set up?

      During the regular school year, the 30-hour classroom phase is held after school. The class runs 3:40-6:40 (3 hours) for 10 days.   Summertime registrations begin in May and students are registered first-come-first-served.  

       

    3. How does the driving phase (behind-the-wheel) scheduling work and how long does it take to complete?

      Nostudent will be scheduled for behind-the-wheel instruction until all 30hours of classroom instruction have been completed.  Students arescheduled to drive by the classroom phase of Driver Education they arein. The oldest students drive first, down to the youngest, in order.Each student can drive a maximum of two hours per day. Eachbehind-the-wheel instructor sets his/her own driving schedule and willcall the student to set up a time for driving. The student shouldreceive a total of six hours behind the wheel.

       

    4. How old do I need to be to take Driver Education?

      14 1/2 years of age to take the required 30-hour classroom portion

       

    5. What do I need to bring to the driver education classroom on the first day of the classroom phase of driver education?

      * Pencil

      * Paper

      * Loose leaf notebook

      * Copy of birth certificate or passport
      (For five day classes held during Christmas break, spring break, or summer, bring lunch, snack, and drinks for the day)

       

    6. What is the Driver Eligibility Certificate, and how can I get one?

      Asof August 1, 1998, persons less than 18 years of age whom are applyingfor a permit or license must have this certificate. This certificatestates that the student listed is passing at least five of six coursesin a regular schedule, or three of four courses in a block schedule andis currently enrolled in school. NOTE: Thecertificate is only good for thirty days, and then it has to berenewed, so do not get this until you have completed the Driver'sEducation Course. Neither the lead driver education teacher nor his instructors issue this. Please check with the Guidance office for this certificate.

       

    7. Where are the Drivers License offices and what are their telephone numbers?

       

    8. For how long is the Driver Education Certificate good?

      Thiscertificate is good as long as you need it. After getting your permitor drivers license, put the certificate in a place where you fileimportant papers and keep it for future use.

       

    9. What do I do if I lose my Driver Education Certificate?

      Ifyou lose it, call the lead teacher at the school where you took theclass. Let them know the date you took the class and the name of yourinstructor. You need to tell them your full name and birth date. Expect a wait of at least two weeks.

       

    10. What items do I take to the Drivers License office to get my permit?

      * Driver Education Certificate
      * Birth Certificate
      * Social Security Card
      * Driver Eligibility Certificate
      * 1 parent or guardian to sign permit
      * $15.00 cash for permit fee

     

     


    Note:  It is recommended that parents spend aminimum of 1000 hours working with their child during the learner'spermit period.   


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