Do I have to take any written or driving tests to obtain a NC driver license? North Carolina

Everyone applying for a new North Carolina driver license is required to take a written test at the DMV. Not everyone needs to take a driving test, though.

Written Drivers License Test

If you are:

  • A new North Carolina driver license applicant

You must take a written knowledge exam and road sign test.

These questions are taken from the driving manual. You can make an appointment to take the written test and process your driver license paperwork at most DMV offices; just call the one where you want to take the test.

Practice Tests

Studying the NC Drivers Manual is essential to passing the test, but you should also take a few practice tests too. Drivers ed companies now prepare these tests and sell them for a nominal fee; these also contain questions taken from the drivers manual and are just like the real test. The practice tests are also a good way to study.

Driving Test

If you:

  • Never had a driver license before in any state, or the United States

You must take a driving test to show you can handle a vehicle and obey traffic laws. Schedule this test at a DMV office. Your vehicle will need to have updated, current proof of insurance.

If you had a valid license from another state, this driving test may be waived for you.

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