Driver and Traffic Safety Education involves all those learning experiences provided for the purpose of helping students learn to use motor vehicles safely, efficiently and effectively. This objective is achieved through sequences of interrelated experiences involving both classroom (Phase 1) and behind-the-wheel (phase 2) instruction. North Carolina law requires 30 hours of classroom instruction and 6 hours of behind-the-wheel instruction for all students under the age of 18. Students who are 18 years old or older are not required to complete a driver education course. These students may apply for a learner's permit or driver license at any NC DMV office.
Cumberland County Schools offer two sessions of classes during the Fall, Spring and Summer for a total of six (6) times during the school year at all traditional high schools. Driver Education classes at the early colleges (CCEC, CIEC & CPHS) and the classical schools (MHCHS & RRCHS) are offered once during the Fall and once during the Spring, provided there is sufficient enrollment.
Fall and Spring session classes are held two (2) hours immediately after the regular school day, three days a week (Mon/Tues/Wed or Tues/Wed/Thurs). Summer session classes are held three (3) hours a day from 8 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Monday - Thursday.
The 6 hours of the practical or behind-the-wheel phase is offered after the classroom phase of the course is completed. Behind-the-wheel sessions are held after school hours Monday through Saturday during the school year and Monday through Friday during the summer. Students will be contacted by a behind-the-wheel instructor in order to be scheduled to be driven. There could be up to a 4-month waiting period between Phase 1 (classroom instruction) and Phase 2 (behind-the-wheel instruction).
The Driver Education Center is located at 115 East Mountain Drive.
Turn off Highway 301/Gillespie St onto East Mountain Drive. Our building is the second building on the left behind the Cumberland County Schools’ Finance building (a white brick building).
We are located near the Agri-Expo Center and the Crown Coliseum.