What are the NC driving permit test requirements? North Carolina

North Carolina Permit Test Requirements

Before you are allowed to take the NC learners permit test at the DMV, you must show you are eligible.

Younger Than 18

  • You must be at least 15.
  • You must take drivers ed and show the certificate, or a GED or high school diploma.
  • Proof of identity, such as a birth certificate, plus a Social Security card are required.
  • Parents or guardians have to sign your application.

18 and Older

  • Drivers ed is not required.
  • Proof of NC residency is required, as is a birth certificate and Social Security card. Other documents may be accepted in lieu; check the DMV website.

All Ages

  • Must pass vision, sign, and written tests.
  • Pay a $15 fee.
  • Before you take the written test, take a short practice permit test to see if you know the material. (This isn’t a requirement, per se, but it will help you become confident that you will pass the drivers permit exam.)

Driving Test

  • Those younger than 18 must practice for six months with their driving permit, supervised by a licensed driver approved by your parents (or your parents), before attempting to take the driving test.
  • Those 18 and older may try the drivers license driving test at any time.
  • You must show valid auto insurance before you try the driving test, or the instructor won’t give you the test.

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