NC Teens Will Soon be Able to Get their Driver's License without Road Test

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A bill that would allow North Carolina teens to get their license without taking a road test is now headed to Gov. Cooper's office. 

House Bill 158 passed the NC House and Senate on Thursday, and will now head to the Governor's desk. The issue, supporters say, is a large backlog of teens waiting to get their driver's licenses, since the DMV is closed and not doing in-person road tests due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In North Carolina, after a year of driving under parental supervision with a learners permit, teens take an in-person road test to be granted their level 2 license, allowing them to drive alone between 5am and 9pm.

But with the DMV closed for months due to coronavirus concerns, thousands of teens have been in limbo, with a growing backlog of kids in line.

According to a late amendment to the bill – teen drivers would have to take the in-person road test eventually before getting their full level 3 license, which they’re eligible for six months after having their level 2. 

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