Drivers Education

Driver Education classes are typically offered three to four times throughout the year.  Each student is required to complete 30 hours of classroom instruction before completing 6 hours of driving instruction.  In order to enroll in a class, the student must be 14 1/2 years of age by the first day of class.

A non-refundable driver education fee of $65 MUST be paid before the start of class. You may pay online or with cash.  The fee must be paid online or turned in Mrs. Head (in the main office) along with a completed registration form (You can get it in the front office.) by the Monday before the start of class. The fee is $65.  

Students must be present on the first day of class.

Attendance is mandatory. You must be present on the first day of class. Inappropriate behavior will result in the loss of your opportunity to take this class.  Please consider extracurricular activities when registering for this class. A student can’t miss more than 3 hours of class time. If a student misses more than 3 hours of class time, they will be dropped from the class. The state of North Carolina requires that a student attends 30 hours of classroom training and 6 hours of behind the wheel training to receive a permit to drive. School dropouts are not allowed to enroll. See Mrs. Head in the main office with the CASH and completed form and you will be registered (limited space available). THIS SCHEDULE IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE. If class is canceled for any reason, the schedule will be extended as needed to reflect the number of days missed. This includes, but is not limited to weather related issues. For questions contact the Ronda Branch.


  • Driver Education Certificate - Given to the student by their driver instructor upon successful completion of Driver Education.
  • Eligibility Certificate - In order to obtain and keep a permit and/or license the student must show adequate progress in academic courses. This form must be obtained by a parent from Tiffany Head or Tracy Montgomery at Shelby High School.
  • Birth Certificate and Social Security Card- Two forms of identification: Social Security card cannot be laminated



Limited Learner’s Permit involves parents, guardians, and/or other responsible drivers 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 1 driver must be supervised by parent, guardian or other approved licensed driver who has been licensed at least 5 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 5:00 AM to 9:00 PM with his/her supervisor.
  • For the second six months, a Level 1 driver may drive at any time with his/her supervisor.
  • The level 1 driver must have no violations during the last six months to graduate to the next level.
Limited Provisional License protects young drivers during the nighttime hours when they are most at risk:
  • Unsupervised driving is allowed between 5:00 AM and 9:00 PM or when driving to or from work.
  • Unsupervised driving is 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.
  • All people in a vehicle driven by a Level 2 driver must wear a seat belt.
  • The Level 2 driver must have six months of violation-free driving to graduate to the next level.
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.