Driver's Education
Summary of the Graduated Driver Licensing Law

Level 1 - Limited Learner's Permit involves parents, guardians and/or other responsible driver in the training of young drivers.

  • Must be 15 or older, complete driver's education and obtain limited learner's permit.
  • For at least 12 months, the Level I driver must be supervised by parent, guardian or other approved licensed driver who has been licensed at least five years.
  • All people in vehicle driven by Level 1 driver must wear a seat belt, and only the supervisor can ride in the front seat.
  • For the first six months, a Level 1 driver may only drive from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. with his or her supervisor.
  • For the second six months, a Level I driver may drive at any time with his or her supervisor.
  • The Level 1 driver must have no violations during each six months to graduate to the next level.
  • The Level 1 driver must certify on an approved DMV driving log that they have had 60 hours of supervised practice driving over the course of 12 months.  Ten of these hours must be night time practice driving and no more than 10 hours may be claimed in any given week.

Level 2 - Limited Provisional License protects young drivers during the night-time hours when they are most at risk.

  • Unsupervised driving is allowed between 5 a.m. and 9 p.m. or when driving to or from work.
  • Unsupervised driving is also allowed to or from an activity of a volunteer fire department, volunteer rescue squad or volunteer emergency medical service if the driver is a member of the organization.
  • Supervised driving is allowed at any time.
  • The Level 2 driver must have six months of violation free driving to graduate to the next level.
  • When the provisional license holder is driving the vehicle and is not accompanied by the supervising driver, there may be no more than one passenger under 21 years of age in the vehicle. This limit does not apply to passengers who are members of the license holder's immediate family or whose primary residence is the same household as the license holder. However, if a family member or member of the same household as the license holder who is younger than 21 years of age is a passenger in the vehicle, no other passengers under 21 years of age, who are not members of the license holder's immediate family or members of the license holder's household, may be in the vehicle.
  • Every person occupying the vehicle being driven by the provisional license holder must have a safety belt properly fastened, or be restrained by a child safety restraint.
  • The Level 2 driver must certify on an approved DMV driving log that they have had 12 hours of supervised practice driving over the course on 6 months.  Six of these hours must be night time practice driving.


Level 3 - Full Provisional License rewards violation-free driving.

  • Unsupervised driving is allowed at any time.
  • Level 3 driver is subject to all other conditions of provisional license.

In compliance with Federal Law, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Driver Education Department administers all education programs, employment activities and admissions without discrimination against any person on the basis of sex, race, color, religion, national origin, age or disability.