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. Student Driver 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.
Classroom Instruction

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.

Behind-the-Wheel Training

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 .


Click on the A+ Driving School link to see 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 Road Signs

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