Driver’s Education and Obtaining a DEC
In accordance with a law passed by the 1998 NC General Assembly, all homeschoolers under age 18 who wish to obtain and maintain a NC driver’s license or learner’s permit must obtain a Driveing Eligibility Certificate (DEC) from the North Carolina Division of Non-Public Education (DNPE). The DEC must be signed by the chief administrator of the homeschool. It takes about one week to obtain this certificate and it expires after thirty (30) days.
If your student wishes to drive, he must remain listed with DNPE after he turns 16. A homeschool enrolling only students who are age 16 or 17 may not request a DEC form until after the school’s currently valid Notice of Intent to Operate has been on file with DNPE for at least four calendar months.
More information may be obtained from DNPE at (919-733-4276) or on the DNPE website: www.ncdnpe.org.
- NCDNPE website: Student Driver Information
- To request a Driving Eligibility Cretificate, sign in to your DNPE account here, www.dnpesys.nc.gov/NPEPublic/logon.aspx. If you have not signed in since the new DNPE database was launched in July, 2017, go here, www.dnpesys.nc.gov/NPEPublic/Remind.aspx, to log in for the first time.