What is this program?

The Driver’s Education Program at Brunswick County Schools satisfies the state requirements for Driver’s Education, both with NC DPI and NC DMV.

The program consists of 30 hours of classroom instruction and 6 hours of Behind-the-Wheel instruction. Students also have 6 hours of Behind-the-Wheel observation.

Upon completion of both parts of the class, students receive a Certificate of Completion that they can take to DMV to get their Level 1 License.

Does my student need driver's ed?

Driver Education is required for anyone under 18 to get a Limited Learner’s Permit (Level 1).

What is the cost of this program?

The cost of this program is $65.00, due upon registration. 

This payment can be made via credit card, cash, or check.

Who is eligible for this program?

Students must attend a public, private, or charter school in Brunswick County OR a student of a registered homeschool who resides in Brunswick County.

Those who attend school outside of Brunswick County but live in Brunswick County are not eligible for the program. 

Students must be 14.5 years of age by the first day of class and can be no older than 18 years of age. 

Those who are over 18 may go to DMV to get an Adult Learner’s Permit at any time. 

General Information/FAQs


If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, you may email us at brunswick@bensondrivingschool.com or call us at 910-269-5508.

Helpful Information

Driver Education is made up of two stages:
Stage 1 or the Classroom Portion is made up of 30 hours of Classroom time.
Stage 2 or the Behind-the-Wheel Portion is made up of 6 hours of Behind-the-Wheel Driving time, and 6 hours of observation time. This time is split into either three or four days, and is done with two students in the vehicle at a time.
Each student must be 14.5 years old to start the process, and must complete all of the class before getting their Level 1 permit in NC.

Who’s Driving?

Updated 8/15/23 – We are currently working through the students who completed the classroom portion in the early part of July. If you have not received a call, please wait until 3-4 weeks after your student completed the class before inquiring.

We have received multiple inquiries from parents asking why students who went to a class before June 2023 has not been called to drive yet. It is quite possible that this is because the student’s information has been lost in the transition. We were told that the paperwork that we received was all of the paperwork. This seems to be incorrect as nearly a dozen parents have contacted us and we do not have any paperwork for their student. If you have reason to believe that your student has been skipped over, please email us at brunswick@bensondrivingschool.com with the following information:

1) Student name
2) Student DOB
3) Classroom session dates
4) Classroom session location
5) Parent phone #
6) Parent email
7) Any screenshots of class confirmation


Behind-the-Wheel Information

Our team is working to implement scheduling procedures for the 200+ students waiting for Behind-the-Wheel Instruction. We will be calling students in the order in which they completed the class. Behind-the-Wheel instruction sessions will take place in sets of 3 4-hour days. 6 Hours of this will be actual driving time, and 6 Hours will be observation time, per NC guidelines. Students will be picked up and dropped off at the high school where they took the class. Appointments will go fast, as we are making an effort to effectively reduce the backlog. Please save our number above into your phone as we will be contacting parents with this number. Those who cannot make the appointments offered will be moved to the bottom of the list. If unexpected situation or an emergency arises, please contact our office as soon as possible to cancel the appointments.

This is the most crucial part of Driver’s Education!!! We cannot stress this enough. As North Carolina requires two students in the car at one time, remember that if you do not show up for an appointment, it not only affects the instructor’s schedule, but it also negatively affects the other family’s schedule, as well as your progress towards getting your Learner’s Permit.

For more information, please keep an eye on this page for any updates.

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