Cabarrus County Schools will offer driver education during the 2016-17 school year to public, private, charter, and home school students who are enrolled in a school within the Cabarrus County School District.
Students must be 15 years of age on or before May 31, 2017 to be eligible to register for these classes.
Students who will be 15 years of age after May 31, 2017 will have an opportunity to enroll in the 2017 summer driver education program in April or early May at all middle and high schools.
The driver education course will consist of 30 hours of classroom instruction (this includes 23 hours of theory, 6 hours of drug and alcohol education, and 1 hour of motorcycle safety education).
The in-car phase consists of 6 hours of actual driving and 6 hours of observation.
Students enrolling in a driver education course offered by Cabarrus County Schools will be required to pay a $65.00 fee.
The local board of education will provide a process for reduction or waiver of the $65.00 fee for students unable to pay the fee due to economic hardship.
Parents of students attending Cabarrus County Schools can make this payment on the school system website by clicking on cafeteria and then to the K12PaymentCenter link. Click on School Fees and choose the Driver Education category to make the $65.00 payment fee.
The $65.00 fee can also be made by cash, money order or check. The fee should be submitted to the classroom instructor during the classroom phase. Students will not be scheduled to complete the driving phase until receipt of this payment. All checks or money orders should be made payable to Cabarrus County Schools.
It is not unusual for the driving phase to occur two or three months following the classroom phase. The scheduling of the driving phase is through the classroom instructor who assigns students by age to the driving instructors at each high school. Every attempt is made to drive students by age, oldest first. Students will be notified at their high school or through a phone call from the driving instructor to schedule the behind-the-wheel instruction.
Upon completion of the 30 hours of classroom and 6 hours of in-car instruction, each student will be given a North Carolina Driver Education Completion Certificate indicating that the student has satisfactorily completed a course approved by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. This certificate is then presented to a designated school official where the student is enrolled to receive their North Carolina Driving Eligibility Certificate.
Home school students must contact the Division of Non-Public Schools (919-733-4276) in Raleigh to receive their Driving Eligibility Certificate.
Students who have received both certificates and meet the age requirement can obtain a provisional learner’s permit through a D.M.V. Licensing Office.