• North Carolina Dropout / Driver's Licensing Legislation

    The new legislation is directed to all North Carolina students under the age of 18 who are eligible for a driver's permit or license. This includes public school, federal school, home school, private school, and community college students.

    NOTE: A student who does not meet the requirements for: 1) academic progress; 2) drops out of school; 3) charged with the possession or sale of alcohol or an illegal substance, the possession or use of a weapon or firearm or the physical assault on a teacher or other school personnel will either not be granted the Driving Eligibility Certificate or will lose his/her permit/license

    Students Who Are Exempt

    ·         Students who receive either a driving permit or license before the implementation of the Graduated License Program (Before December 1, 1997) are not affected by this legislation.

    ·         Students who dropped out of school before August 1, 1998.

    ·         Students, who did not meet the academic performance standards during the fall semester of 1998, will not be affected. However, starting with the spring semester of 1999 all eligible students not meeting academic performance standard will be affected.

    ·         Students who attained a high school diploma, a GED, or adult high school diploma as issued by a community college are not affected by this legislation.

    ·         Students over the age of eighteen (18) are not affected.


    ·         An eligible student who drops out of school will either not receives his/her Driving Eligibility Certificate or will lose his or her driver’s permit or license.


    ·         A student who is making adequate progress in school can transfer to a community college or a non-public school without any consequences. A student who is not making adequate progress (or drops out of school) and enrolls in a community college or non-public school cannot be granted a Driving Eligibility Certificate for a period of six months

    Academic Progress

    ·         A student must pass ¾ of his/her course work the previous semester. At the conclusion of the school year, the semester grades are used to determine eligibility.

    ·         An exceptional child must be determined by his/her school based IEP team to be making adequate progress towards obtaining a high school diploma.

    NOTE: This rating is not intended to apply to exceptional students who have ability to obtain a high school diploma.

    Checklist for Obtaining a Learner’s Permit

    ü  Driver Education Certificate

    ü  Driver Eligibility Certificate from the school. Certificate issued by school principal or designee only to parent or legal guardian. Adequate academic status must be maintained. During the first semester, the previous year’s progress is used. After the first semester has ended, semester grades are used. A student must pass 70% of the course work the previous semester. Therefore, a student must have passed 3 out of 4 courses per semester. (Note: Certificate is good only for 30 days.)

    ü  Birth date verification information. (A certificate or original birth certificate is needed to verify age.)

    ü  Social Security Card. (No metal, plastic cards or reproductions accepted.)

    ü  Parent or legal guardian must be present to sign application.

    ü  Pass a written, sign, and vision test.

    ü  Must pay a ten-dollar ($10.00) fee.