Parents‎ > ‎Driver Education‎ > ‎

Frequently Asked Questions - Driver Education

What if I fail the eye test?

Students who fail the Eye Test must go to a vision specialist for an eye examination. Forms completed by the vision specialist must be mailed to the JDS Carolinas address listed below prior to behind-the-wheel training:

Jordan Driving School of the Carolina
PO Box 1982
Rocky Mount, NC 27802

How long does it take to complete the course?

The average time to complete the Driver Education class, from registration through classroom instruction and behind-the-wheel training, is about three months. Students involved in extracurricular activities may take longer than three months to complete the requirements due to scheduling conflicts.

When should I register for the course?

Students who would like to receive their permits by age 15 should register on or before they turn 14 years and 8 months old.

Are there academic requirements to get a license or permit?

There are no academic requirements to take the Driver Education course, however, there are academic requirements issued by the State of North Carolina that make one eligible to obtain a permit or license after completing the course. The state requires that students have passing grades in at least five of the seven courses they are taking. Students must also be enrolled in school.

What is the difference between the Driver Education Certificate and the Driver Eligibility Certificate?

The Driver Education Certificate is issued by JDS Carolinas and states that the driver has completed the required 30 hours of classroom instruction and 6 hours of behind-the-wheel training. This certificate is valid as long as is needed and is used to alert the school Driver Education Coordinator to begin the process of issuing the Driver Eligibility Certificate.

The Driver Eligibility Certificate is issued by your high school Driver Education Coordinator. Persons less than 18 years of age must have this certificate to apply for a permit or license with the NC DMV. This certificate states that the student is passing at least five of seven courses and is currently enrolled in school. The certificate is valid for 30 days from the date of issue before it must be renewed.

Where can I find out about the kinds of permits and licenses issued by the NC DMV?

The License Eligibility/Requirements page on the North Carolina DMV website explains the different levels of licenses issued by the state of North Carolina.

Where can I find out about the DMV written & driving test?

The Driver’s Handbook page on the NC DMV website has free downloads of the Driver’s Handbook in English & Spanish, a sample written test, and study materials for the DMV sign test.

How much does it cost to take the course and get a permit?

Eligible CHCCS students (and other 9-12th grade students residing in Chapel Hill and Carrboro) can take the Driver Education Course one-time for free through the school district.

The DMV charges a small fee for licenses and permits.