What are the NC driving permit test requirements? North Carolina

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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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