Steps to Getting a Driver's Permit or License


    1. Student registers for a driver education class through the school's driver education coordinator. 
      • The coordinator will make an announcement regarding course sign up and where to get registration forms.
      • Registration forms are always available in the main office of the school.
    2. The driver education coordinator contacts the student to confirm the registration and provide a class schedule.
    3. The student successfully completes 30 hours of classroom instruction, a DMV eye test, and 6 hours of Behind-the-Wheel training with JDS Carolinas.
    4. JDS Carolinas sends a "Certificate of Completion" to the school's driver education coordinator.
    5. The driver education coordinator issues a "Driver Eligibility Certificate" to the student.  Eligibility certificate is contingent upon a student's enrollment in school and progress towards earning their diploma.
    6. The student may use this certificate to apply for a permit or license through the NC DMV.

    For more information regarding eligibility and course details, go to the following JDS Carolinas school sites:

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What if I fail the eye test?

    Students who fail the eye test are issued an 804 form and must go to a vision specialist for an eye examination. The vision specialist will fill out the form.  If corrective lenses are prescribed, the student is required to wear them anytime they are driving.  Completed 804 forms must be mailed to JDS Carolinas at:

    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 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, the state requires students to be enrolled in school and have passing grades in at least five of seven courses to be eligible for a permit or license after completing the course.

    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 classroom instruction, DMV eye test, and behind-the-wheel training. The certificate is used to alert the school Driver Education Coordinator begin processing the Driver Eligibility Certificate and is valid as long as is needed.

    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.

    You can find the DMV’s license fees here.