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Driver Education

The goal of the Wake County Public School System and its driver education contractor, Jordan Driving School (JDS), is to provide a quality driver education program to all students in a safe and timely manner. The North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) requires 30 hours of classroom instruction and six hours of behind-the-wheel training. The average time to complete the Driver Education class, from registration through the classroom and driving phases, is four months. Students wanting their permits by age 15 must register on or before the age of 14 years and eight months. Students with extracurricular activities or jobs may take longer due to conflicts with scheduling driver education.

There are no academic requirements in order to take the driver education class. There are academic requirements in order to apply for a permit or license after finishing the driver education class.

A $55.00 fee is required before a registration form is processed. (Process to pay fee, register, and be assigned to Driver Education classes in 2012-2013) Payments can be made online only after registration has been completed. Students that are dismissed from driver education class due to behavior or attendance problems will not be allowed to take driver education a second time through the Wake County Public School System.

Parents are highly encouraged to attend a parent-teen meeting, on the last day of the classroom session for driver education students.  This meeting will inform parents and students of behind the wheel procedures and provide “best practices” for parents teaching teens to drive.  Attending parents will receive a Parent-Teen Driver Training Manual and DVD designed to give parents proper driving techniques and lessons, to help themselves and their teen, during Phase 1 of graduated licensing.

Registration information

You must be 14½ years of age for the required 30-hour classroom portion.

Driver Education is offered through a private contractor, Jordan Driving School, after school hours, Saturdays, holiday breaks and during summer months. Driver Education is offered to each eligible student residing within Wake County, who pays a $55 fee to register for a class. A lead teacher at each of the WCPSS high schools is assigned to administer the Driver Education program.

To sign up for Driver Education at your school

Contact the lead Driver Education teacher at your school. Usually in the first two weeks of school he/she will visit homerooms, Physical Education classes, or have daily announcements made about where to acquire a registration form. Information is also available at 9th grade orientation. Check the main office for registration forms.

Additional information

For additional information, a message may be left for the lead teacher, who will return the call as soon as possible. You may also call Jordan Driving School, or visit their web site at  On the website you will find general information, email addresses for the lead teachers, specific classroom dates and a list of additional classes that might be available.  For Behind the Wheel questions or information specific to your school, contact your lead teacher.

Classroom phase: 30 hours

During the regular school year, the classroom phase is held after school for 15 days (2-hour classes) or for 10 days (3-hour classes). Summer and holiday break schedules vary.  Students must pass 30 hours of classroom instruction and the DMV eye test before being eligible for the driving phase.  Students that fail the DMV eye test will be given a form by the DMV examiner and must have their eyes checked by a vision specialist.

Completed eye examination forms must be returned to their lead teacher or mailed to:

Jordan Driving School
3751 Junction Blvd.
Raleigh, NC 27603

Driving phase: 6 hours of instruction

Students must pass the 6 hour driving phase called behind-the-wheel training (BTW), in order to receive a Driver Education Completion Certificate.  Students who fail the classroom and/or BTW will not be allowed to enroll again through the school system sponsored driver education program except for extenuating circumstances to be determined by the principal.

Students can drive a maximum of two hours per day. Two students are assigned to drive during each BTW session.  Each instructor determines his/her own driving schedule and will contact the student to establish a driving time. The student must experience a total of six hours of BTW instruction and six hours of observation time, for a total of 12 hours of in car instructional time.  Examples of schedules include:  driving three days for four hours or driving four days for three hours.  Instructors may drive students from the end of the school day up to 9pm on school days and from 6am to 9pm on Saturdays, holidays and school breaks.

When called by an instructor, write down the following:

  • Name of instructor
  • Place to be picked up and dropped off
  • Days and times of behind-the-wheel training

Completion of the course

The Driver Education Certificate states that you have completed 30 hours of classroom, six hours of drug and alcohol prevention, and six hours of BTW training. You will use this certificate to obtain a Driver Eligibility Certificate from your school and Level 1 Learner’s Permit from the North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles.

This certificate is valid as long as you need it. After getting your permit or driver license, file the certificate with your important papers for future use.

Driver Eligibility Certificate

As of August 1, 1998, persons less than 18 years of age applying for a permit or license must have this certificate. This certificate states that the student is passing at least five of six courses in a regular schedule, or three of four courses in a block schedule, and is currently enrolled in school. The certificate is valid for 30 days, and then must be renewed if you do not obtain a learner’s permit within that time.

Each high school has a person assigned to issue this certificate. The lead teacher at each school will give students information regarding procedures for obtaining a Driver Eligibility Certificate at their school.  Neither JDS, the lead Driver Education teacher, nor the instructors issue this certificate. Check with your Guidance Department or school secretary for the contact.

North Carolina Driver Eligibility Certificate

Frequently Asked Questions

Driver education and safety information

Going to DMV

Take the following items with you when going to DMV to get your learner’s permit.
  1. Driver’s Education Certificate
  2. Driver Eligibility Certificate
  3. An original or certified copy of your birth certificate
  4. Your social security card
  5. Proof of residence
  6. $15.00
  7. Parent or legal guardian must sign for you

Once at the DMV

  1. You will take a written test - 25 questions, you must get 19 or more correct
  2. You will get your eyes checked again - also take an oral test on 12 road signs
  3. You will then get your picture taken for your limited learner’s permit
  4. You will fall under the graduated licensing law

Graduated Licensing

Driving logs required: Beginning January 1, 2012, driving logs are required for teen drivers due to legislation passed by the General Assembly to increase behind-the-wheel experience for young drivers.

The first driving log requires new drivers to log 60 hours behind the wheel under the supervision of a parent or designated experienced driver, including 10 hours at night. No more than 10 hours per week may count toward the total driving time. The teen driver must turn in the signed log to DMV when applying for a Level 2 limited provisional driver license.

The second log requires Level 2 licensed drivers to log an additional 12 hours of driving, including six hours of nighttime driving. The log must be signed and submitted to DMV upon application for a Level 3 full provisional driver license.

Blank driving logs will be given to new drivers by DMV driver license examiners when they apply for Level I or Level II permits or licenses. Both logs are also posted on the DMV website.

Level One Learner Permit

If you are at least 15 years of age and have completed an approved driver education course, you may apply for a Level One Limited Learner Permit to operate vehicles requiring a Class C license:

  • Drivers must be at least 15, but less than 18, years old and reside in NC.
  • Drivers must pass written, sign, and vision tests.
  • During the first six months, a Level One permit authorizes you to drive between 5 a.m. and 9 p.m. while accompanied by your supervising driver.
  • Six months after Level One issuance, drivers are eligible to drive any time with their supervising driver.
  • Before graduating to Level Two, drivers must keep this permit for at least 12 months and have no moving violations or seat belt infractions within the preceding six months.

Level Two Limited Provisional License

  • Drivers must be at least 16, but less than 18, years old.
  • The driver must present a certificate showing he/she has passed an approved driver education course before he/she can take the driver license test.
  • Drivers may drive without supervision from 5 a.m. until 9 p.m. and at any time when driving directly to or from work, any volunteer fire, rescue, or EMS.
  • Before going to Level Three, the driver must keep this license for at least six months and have no moving violations or seat belt infractions within the preceding six months.
  • May have only one passenger other than immediate family. Passenger must sit in the front seat and wear seatbelt.

Level Three Full Provisional License

  • Unsupervised driving is allowed at any time.
  • Level 3 driver is subject to all other conditions of provisional license.

**For all three levels, you are not permitted to use a mobile telephone or other additional technology associated with a mobile telephone while operating a mobile vehicle on a public street or highway or public vehicular area.