North Carolina Learner's Permit

North Carolina Learner's Permit

How to get your North Carolina Learners permit


The first step in becoming a licensed driver in the state of North Carolina, is to apply for your learner's permit. There are a few requirements to see if you are eligible to apply for your North Carolina learner's permit:

  • You must be at least 15 and this must be the first time you have been licensed in the state of North Carolina.
  • If you are a new resident of North Carolina you can technically have a driver's license out side of the state of North Carolina but it has to have been expired by at least six months.

There are two different levels of learner's permits in North Carolina, a level one original learner's permit, and a level two limited learner's permit.

Level one North Caroline learner's permit:

  • Download a copy of the North Carolina Driver's Manual,so you can prepare yourself for the required exams you will need to pass in order to obtain your North Carolina learner's permit.
  • You need parental consent if you are younger than 18.

When you head over to the driving center bring with you:

  • Proper ID proof of North Carolina residency.
  • Driver education completion certificate and proof of high-school diploma or equivalent degree.
  • Your Social Security card.
  • The learner's permit fee of $15.

You will be required to pass a vision exam, and a knowledge test (written) that is why studying the North Carolina driver's manual is very important to have with you so you will be prepared and pass the exam the first time around. As soon as you pass both exams you will be issued your North Carolina learner's permit.

With a level one North Carolina learner's permit there are a few restrictions you must follow:

  • You can only drive with a parent or guardian that has a valid license held for more than 5 years.
  • Level One Permit drivers are only allowed to drive between the hour of 5 am and 9 pm with their supervising driver in the first 6 months.
  • You will be allowed to drive at any time after 6 months of having your level one permit.
  • Any use of cell phones is not allowed.

Level two North Carolina learner's permit:

  • You must be between the ages of 16 - 18 to be eligible for a level two North Carolina learner's permit.
  • You must wait at least twelve months after being issued your level one limited learner's permit.
  • You must maintain a clean driving record for the previous six months before taking the driver's license road test.

If you pass your road test, you will then obtain your level two North Carolina learner's permit.

With a level two North Carolina learner's permit there are a few restrictions you must follow:

  • You will not be able to drive between the hours of 9 pm and 5 am, however you can if you have a supervised driver with you.

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