Obtaining a Driving Eligibility Certificate during COVID-19 school closure
The following process will allow students to receive a Driving Eligibility Certificate (DEC) while school buildings are closed due to COVID-19.
DECs are only valid for 30 days; therefore, students are only eligible to receive a DEC during this time if they have a confirmed appointment with the NCDMV within 30 days of the date of the request.
Step 1: Email Driver's Education Completion Certificate and Proof of DMV appointment
Send an email request to Tiffany Jarvis (email@example.com). In this email, please forward to her the NCDMV email confirming the date/time of your appointment. Also scan or take a photo of your child's driver's education completion certificate issued by the driving school/instructor and email it. Once these two items are received, we will be able to schedule you an appointment to come to Sanderson to pick up the driver's eligibility certificate. Please know we only do appointments on Mondays.
Step 2: Appointment to pick up the DEC
It is important that we limit the amount of direct contact and maintain at least 6 feet of social distance. For this reason, please limit the number of family members (preferably just the student and a parent/ guardian) who attend the appointment.
Bring the following documents to the appointment:
- Completed Driving Education Certificate (if it has not been emailed ahead of time)
- Proof of address if the current address is different than the one listed on the Driving Education Certificate or the address listed in PowerSchool. Address must be verified for the NC Real ID.
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, 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.
Students should complete and submit a registration form. Once students are assigned to a class, they will be notified to pay the $65.00 fee in order to finalize their registration. 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, held 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.
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 $65 fee to register for a class. A lead teacher at each of the WCPSS high schools is assigned to administer the Driver Education program.
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 www.jordandriving.com. 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.