Wayne County Schools offers Driver Education for free to all public, private, charter and home schooled students who are eligible. A student must be at least fourteen and a half years of age to enroll in Driver Education.
The program is designed and dedicated to help the students gain a basic understanding of how to operate a motor vehicle safely. It will help prepare the student for the Behind-the-Wheel Instruction and eventually the North Carolina driver’s license exam requirement. The Driver Education program consists of two parts:
- Part 1: Thirty hours of classroom instruction
- Part 2: Six hours of Behind-the-Wheel training
Special Note: Per Board of Education Policy 4310: High School students requesting reassignment to a Wayne County High School from another county will not be eligible for Driver’s Education until they have been enrolled and attended the Wayne County Public Schools for two complete semesters.
These 30-hour classes will be held after the school day has ended, on Saturdays, and during the summer. The requirements for this classroom instruction are:
- Must be 14 ½ years old
- Must be enrolled in a school
- Must be present for 30 hours of instruction.
- Must leave the campus immediately after the class has been dismissed.
Students are scheduled to complete this part of Driver Education. The student cannot be scheduled for this until he/she has completed the classroom instruction. A student must complete 6 hours of Behind-the-Wheel Training.
Wayne County Public Schools is served by two driver education schools. See the “Find Your Driver Education School” link to determine which school you will attend and its schedule of classes.
North Carolina Graduated License Laws Level One – Limited Learner’s Permit
- Must complete Driver Education
- Must be 15 years of age but less than 18 years of age
- Must pass written, sign and vision tests
- All passenger must be restrained by seatbelts or child safety seat
- No one except the driver and the supervising passengers are allowed in the front seat
- First 6 months authorized the student to drive only between the hours of 5:00a.m. and 9:00p.m.
- During second 6 months there is no time restraints
Level Two – Limited Provisional License
- Must be 16 years old, but less than 18 years old
- Must have proof of insurance, Form DL-123
- Must pass the road test
- Before graduating to this level, the student must have had a permit(Level One) for 12 months and have no moving violations or seat belt infraction within the proceeding 6 months
- All passengers must be restrained by seat belt or child safety seat
- Only one person under the age of 21 may be in the car when the student is driving.
- Exception: sibling may ride in the car however, no other person under 21 may then ride
Level Three – Full Provisional License
- Upon completion of 12 months with a limited Learner’s Permit (Level One) and 6 months of driving with a Limited Provisional License(Level Two) and no violation or seat belt infraction, the student is eligible to receive a Full Provisional License (Level Three)
- All passengers must be restrained by seat belt or child safety seat.
How To Obtain a Level One – Limited Learner’s Permit
- Certified Copy of Birth Certificate
- Social Security Card
- Driver Education Certificate
- Driver Eligibility Certificate- This certificate may be obtained from the NCWISE operator or the guidance secretary at the high school where the student attends school. This certificate is good for 30 days. To receive a Driver Eligibility Certificate the student must present a driver education certificate. The parent must sign for and pick up the driver eligibility certificate.
North Carolina law mandates that students under 18 years of age may have their learner’s permit or license revoke for the following reasons:
- Dropping out of school
- Failure to pass 3 out of 4 courses in a semester
Parents will be notified of the revocation of the learner’s permit or drivers license and will have the option of requesting a waiver based on a hardship.
Lose Your Cool, Lose Your License
North Carolina law allows for the suspension of a student’s permit or license for a period of one year for the following reasons:
- The possession or sale of an alcoholic beverage or an illegal controlled substance on school property
- The possession or use on school property of a weapon or fire arm that resulted in a disciplinary action under G.S. 115C-391(d) or that could have resulted in a disciplinary action if the conduct had occurred in school
- The physical assault on a teacher or other school personnel on school property