North Carolina DMV waives road test for eligible drivers due to COVID-19

Posted at 2:11 PM, Jul 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-20 14:11:07-04

The North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles (NCDMV) will begin waiving road tests for qualified drivers who are 18-years-old or older.

Due to the time frame for resuming road tests remaining unknown because of the continued impact of COVID-19 cases, NCDMV will begin waiving road tests on Wednesday.

Drivers must have an appointment at a license office, which can be made online.

At the time of the appointment, drivers must present all of the required documentations for a new drive, must wear a face mask, and they are also subject to pre-screening health questions.

The waiver is allowed under new emergency administrative rules that states “during a pandemic where an executive order is in place, the requirement of a road test may be waived if previous driver training and/or safe driving records can be established.”

The waiver will be available to drivers who need a regular Class C license and meet at least one of these conditions:
• Currently hold a Level I permit, are at least 18-years-old, and meet all requirements to obtain the Level II Limited Provisional License including not being convicted of a motor vehicle moving violation, seat belt infraction or unlawful use of a mobile phone
• Have received training and passed a driving course from a certified N.C. driving school approved by the Division within the previous 12 months and have not been convicted of a motor vehicle moving violation, seat belt infraction or unlawful use of a mobile phone
• Previously held a N.C. driver’s license that has not been expired more than one renewal cycle and was in good standing at the time of expiration

  • For drivers who are 18-65 years old: not expired more than eight years
  • For drivers who are 66 or older: not expired more than five years

• Are from any other state, district or territory that has N.C. license reciprocity. Must provide their most recent license and a certified five-year driving record
Waivers do not apply to drivers who are governed by Legal Presence or Lawful Status or drivers in the Medical Review program.

This waiver will remain in place until DMV resumes road tests.