• updated 4/8/2021




    COVID-19 has caused a significant change in the way we are able to offer driver education.  Cabarrus County Schools will offer a limited number of online driver education classes to public, private, charter, and home school students who are enrolled in a school within the Cabarrus County School District. 

    The driver education course will consist of 30 hours of online 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 has resumed with health-related restrictions. 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.  This fee can be paid during registration or after the student has started the online classroom instruction.

    • Parents with student accounts can make this payment on the school system website by clicking on this K12PaymentCenter link.  You can then click on School Fees and continue scrolling down to the Driver Education category to make the $65.00 payment fee.  Please list student name and school.  Parents of students outside the Cabarrus County Schools can also pay using the K12PaymentCenter link but must sign in as a guest. K12PaymentCenter Guide

    • The $65.00 fee can also be made payable to Cabarrus County Schools by money order or check. You will need to mail your money order or check to Jim Gilreath, Cabarrus County Schools, PO Box 388, Concord NC 28026.  The $65.00 fee is to cover the cost of the driver education program and is non-refundable.

    • Students will not be scheduled to complete the in-car instruction until receipt of this payment. Due to the backlog of driving caused by COVID-19 the in-car instruction could take three or four months following the online 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 by a phone call from the driving instructor to schedule the behind-the-wheel instruction.  This information will not be available in the Director’s Office.

    Upon completion of the 30 hours of online classroom and 6 hours of in-car instruction the student will be given a North Carolina Driver Education Completion Certificate by the driving instructor. This certificate is presented to a designated school official where the student is enrolled to receive their North Carolina Driving Eligibility Certificate.  Special arrangements are required at your high school to get the DEC due to school restrictions.  Please note that once a date is placed on the DEC it is valid for 30 days.  If the DEC expires it will have to be replaced at your high school.  A $5.00 replacement fee will be charged.

    Home school students must contact the Division of Non-Public Schools (919-733-4276) in Raleigh to receive their Driving Eligibility Certificate.  Private and charter school students should get their Driving Eligibility Certificates at the high school they attend.

    Students who have received both certificates and meet the age requirement can obtain a provisional learner’s permit through a DMV Licensing Office.

    Any questions pertaining to driver education should be directed to Jim Gilreath by email to james.gilreath@cabarrus.k12.nc.us.


    CCS, Private, charter, and home school students who wish to register for the online classroom phase of driver education must complete the registration form online.  Any questions about the registration should be emailed directly to Jim Gilreath at james.gilreath@cabarrus.k12.nc.us.  When you complete the registration form please make certain you provide parent and student email addresses and phone numbers.  Private, charter, and home school students will be provided a student ID # to access the curriculum using the Canvas format online.





    Email your questions to james.gilreath@cabarrus.k12.nc.us 





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