Frequently Asked Questions
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FAQ’s – Questions Asked: Cumberland County Schools
Who needs Driver Education?
Students who are at least 14½ years old and are pursuing a high school diploma or GED can enroll in an approved driver's education course provided by North Carolina high schools. A birth certificate or passport is required to enroll.
Driver education courses consist of two phases:
- A classroom portion, which involves 30 hours of instruction and an eye exam
- A driving phase, which involves six hours behind the wheel
Upon completion, students receive a Driver's Education Certificate, which allows them to apply for a Level One Limited Learner Permit, the first level of North Carolina's graduated licensing process for drivers under age 18.
Students who are 18 years old, but are still enrolled in a public, private, charter or licensed home school in Cumberland County may still take Driver Education; however, they must go to the DMV and apply for their permit before they can be scheduled for behind-the-wheel lessons.Once the student has been issued a North Carolina driving permit, they will need to make a copy of it and take it to the drivers education teacher at the high school or the drivers education office. Once a copy of the permit is received, the student will be eligible to be called by the behind-the-wheel teacher and will be placed on the “ready-to-drive” list. Those students who are 18 years old or older will need to have their NC permit with them when they come for behind-the-wheel lessons.
If I drop out or fail the driver's education class, may I take it again?
If you have previously attended a driver's education class and failed, you are not eligible to enroll again with Cumberland County Schools. You must take driver education through a commercial driving school.
Do I have to wait until I am 18 to get my driver’s license?
No. If a student takes driver's education at age 14½, applies for and receives a Limited Learner Permit at age 15, then he/she is eligible to apply for a Limited Provisional License at age 16.
How do I get a Driver's Education Certificate - Form 452?
Upon completion of 30 hours of classroom work and 6 hours of behind-the-wheel instruction, you will be issued your Driver Education Certificate - Form 452 by your behind-the-wheel instructor.
When does my Driver Education Certificate – Form 452 expire?
Your Driver Education Certificate – Form 452 never expires. It is valid for life.
What is a Driver Eligibility Certificate (DEC)?
A Driver Eligibility Certificate (DEC) is a certificate certifying that the student has passed at least 70% of his/her courses and has not dropped out of school. The high school the student attends will provide a DEC if that student is enrolled. The DEC does not expire.
Students who are 18 years old or older are not required to have a DEC in order to apply for a learner's permit or a driver's license.
How do I obtain a Driver Eligibility Certificate if I am homeschooled?
More information may be obtained from DNPE at (919-733-4276) or on the DNPE website: www.ncdnpe.org.
I took driver's education in another county in North Carolina. Do I have to take the course again in Cumberland County?
Contact the Driver Education Center at 910-678-2526 for further information.
I am under the age of 18, and I have a learner’s permit from another state. Will I still have to take a driver's education course in Cumberland County before I get my NC Limited (Level 2) Provisional License?
The criteria for completing a driver's education course vary from state to state. You should contact the Driver Education Center at 910-678-2526 to see if the driver education course you took in your state meets the criteria as outlined by North Carolina law.
I have a driver's education certificate from another state. How do I get my certificate converted to a North Carolina Driver's Education Certificate - Form 452?
Contact the Driver Education Center at 910-678-2526 and we will determine if your certificate can be converted.
I completed driver's education in another state and have my learner’s permit from that state. Will North Carolina count the time I have had my learner’s permit from that state toward the one year requirement?
You must contact any one of the NC DMV offices for the answer to that question.