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Public School Driver's Education in Brunswick County, NC

Benson Driving School is the exclusive provider of Driver Education for Brunswick County Schools! Click the button below to fill out the interest form and let us know that you are interested. You will receive an email when the next classes are available.

Driver’s Education Requirements in NC

Students must be 14.5 by the first day of class and under 18 years of age. Students who are not ready to drive should not take the class.

Classes are open to students who attend Brunswick County Schools or a private or home school in Brunswick County. Brunswick County residents who are enrolled in a school outside of Brunswick County are not eligible.

Driver’s Education consists of 2 parts: Classroom and Behind-the-Wheel.

Classroom instruction is a minimum of 30 hours of in-class instruction. This time is typically covered over two weekends (6 days) or one week (5 days). After the classroom portion is completed, the students can move to the Behind-the-Wheel portion.

The Behind-the-Wheel portion consists of 6 hours of Behind-the-Wheel instruction. Students are typically scheduled in groups of 2, so students receive 6 hours of Behind-the-Wheel instruction and 6 hours of observation. This is typically scheduled after school and/or on weekends and is scheduled over 3 or 4 days.

The current wait time for driving is between 4-12 weeks, depending on the school you attend. Students should be prepared to drive and flexible when called.

Insurance is not required to take Driver’s Education.

The cost of Driver’s Education in Brunswick County is $65 per NC General Statutes. A fee waiver can be requested in cases of significant financial hardship.

Driver’s Ed – Pro Tips:

1. If the student is ready, start looking for classes or asking questions about classes when the student turns 14. This way you will have less of a chance to be behind schedule.
2. Teens: If you don’t get your permit at 15… don’t worry! You have a long driving career ahead of you, and a few months or a year will be like nothing compared to the bigger picture of life.
3. If you don’t make it into a class with Brunswick County Schools, private driver’s ed is still an option, albeit a more expensive one. Several options in Wilmington range from $450-$550. Private driver’s ed is more expensive because it is not publicly funded, like the public school program.
4. When our instructors call you to schedule driving appointments, flexibility is key to expedite the process. Keep to your scheduled time so as to not hinder the progress of the other student paired with you!
5. The biggest part about succeeding in driver’s ed is to listen and pay attention!

Teen Licensing Fast Facts

Teens in NC are subject to the Graduated Driver’s Licensing process.

The minimum age for a Level 1 License is 15.
The minimum age for a Level 2 License is 16.
The minimum age for a Level 3 License is 16.5.

Level 1  License (Limited Learner’s Permit) Requirements:

1. Must have completed a driver’s education class (Classroom and Behind-the-Wheel) held by a Public School District or by a Private (Commercial) Driving School and meet age requirements. Students are issued a Completion Certificate upon completing both portions of the class, which expires when the student turns 18.
2. Must have a Driver’s Eligibility Certificate (DEC) from the student’s high school (these certificates are only valid for 30 days from issuance).
3. Must show birth certificate.
4. Must prove Social Security number.
5. Must verify legal address.
6. Must pass Written, Vision, and Sign tests conducted at a DMV Driver’s License Office.

Teens with a Limited Learner’s Permit may drive within 5 am and 9 pm for the first 6 months, therafter no time restriction is applied.

Teens must have a supervising driver present in the passenger seat at all times. A supervising driver may be a parent, legal guardian, grandparent, or someone else approved by the parent or legal guardian who has had their Driver’s License for five years or more.

Download the Level 1 Driving Log here

Level 2  License (Limited Provisional License) Requirements:

1. Must have held a Limited Learner’s Permit for at least 9 months (effective 1/1/24) and meet age requirements.
2. Must have completed and logged 60 hours of driving, at least 10 of which must be at night.
3. May not have any convictions or moving violations in the last 6 months.
4. Must pass a road test, conducted at a DMV Driver’s License Office.
5. Must provide proof of liability insurance coverage (the teen must be a rated driver on the policy).

Teens with a Limited Provisional License may drive unsupervised from 5am to 9pm and to/from work or volunteer fire, rescue, or emergency medical service.

When driving unsupervised, there may be one passenger that is under 21 that is not a member of the same household as the driver if they are being driven directly to or from school. Additionally, there may be one passenger under 21 in the vehicle that is a member of the same household as the driver.

What’s on the road test?

A typical road test includes left and right turns, straight line backing, three point turns, and perpindicular parking. Students should be proficient in lane/speed control, maneuvering intersections, signal usage, backing, three-point turns, and parking.

Download the Level 2 Driving Log here

Level 3 License (Full Provisional License) Requirements:

1. Must have held a Limited Provisional License for at least 6 months and meet age requirements.
2. Must have completed and logged at least 12 hours of driving, at least 6 of which must be at night.
3. May not have any convictions or moving violations in the last 6 months.
4. Must go to a DMV to upgrade to a Level 3 License. No test is required.

Teens with a Full Provisional License can drive unsupervised at any time. 

At age 18, drivers can upgrade to a Class C driver’s license. 

DMV Website explaining Graduated Licensing

Teen Licensing – Pro Tips:

1. Make sure you have all your documents with you before leaving the house for the DMV!
2. Teens aren’t required to be on an insurance policy until just before they upgrade to a Level 2 License, as the supervising driver takes the responsibility.
3. When logging hours, only use the DMV-issued log sheets. Extra log sheets can be printed at home. Keeping track of hours on notebook paper is not accepted at DMV!
4. If you are making an appointment for DMV, we suggest you do not do so until you know your student’s Behind-the-Wheel Instruction schedule. This is typically scheduled a week or more in advance.
5. DMV accepts pre-scheduled appointments from 8:00-10:45 AM on weekdays. All appointments after 11:00 AM are Walk-in appointments. Appointment information can be found here.

Upcoming Classes

All classes listed are subject to change.

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2024 Class 012 – NBHS

Dates: May 17-19 and 24-26
Location: North Brunswick High School Cafeteria
Times: Fridays 3:00 – 6:00 PM, Saturdays 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM, Sundays 12:00-6:00 PM
Must be born on or before November 17, 2009 to take this class!

Class is Full

2024 Class 013 – WBHS

Dates: June 3-4 and 6-8
Location: West Brunswick High School Cafeteria
Times: Monday-Tuesday and Thursday-Saturday – 8:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Must be born on or before December 3, 2009 to take this class!

Class is Full

2024 Class 014 – SBHS

Dates: June 10-14
Location: South Brunswick High School Cafeteria
Times: Monday-Friday – 8:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Must be born on or before December 10, 2009 to take this class!

Class is Full

2024 Class 015 – NBHS

Dates: June 17-21, 2024
Location: North Brunswick High School Cafeteria
Times: Monday-Friday – 8:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Must be born on or before December 17, 2009 to take this class!

Class is Full

Signing up for Classes – Pro Tips:

1. If the student is not ready to take the class or cannot go to all of the class days: Don’t sign up for the class.
. Read the directions ahead of time: Be Prepared!
3. Have everything ready at the listed date and time for the forms to open.
4. Only sign up for ONE class! Don’t take spots away from others.
5. Check your email immediately after submitting the form to verify form submission.
6. We understand this can be stressful. Relax… it’s not signing up for college: it’s just driver’s ed!
7. Remember that flexibility is key to making the process go smoother, faster, and easier.

How to Sign Up

Signup links will be active on this page when classes are available.

You should have these things ready:

  • Student’s full name and DOB
  • Student’s address as registered with their school (not a pickup address)
  • Student email and 2 different parent emails. (Student’s school emails should not be used as outside emails are typically prohibited. Benson Driving School is not responsible for missed classes due to emails being blocked, marked as spam, or not received.)
  • Student phone number and 2 different parent phone numbers. (If the student does not have a phone number, a parent’s may be used.)

Registration will take place at the above-indicated date and time. Classes typically fill within 15-30 minutes, as demand is high. Classes are first-come first-serve.

Registration will take place entirely online. Classes will automatically stop accepting registrations when the limit has been reached.

Upon completing the registration form, you will receive a confirmation email which will include directions to complete payment for the class.

To be notified in advance of class announcements, parents or students may fill out the interest form. You should expect an email from with Benson Driving School in the subject line. All communications pertaining to the waitlist process (including confirmations, class announcements, and registration instructions) will be conducted via email.

Students are required to attend all days and times of classes listed. Tardiness and missed days are unacceptable. If an unexpected absence is required, you must email the office as soon as possible. Classes are scheduled in advance so parents can arrange transportation, students can clear their schedules, and students can notify their coaches/employers that they will be otherwise engaged in learning how to be a safer driver than their coach/employer.

Troubleshooting: If you are filling out a form and it displays an error message for which you cannot find the error, refresh your browser and start again. If the error persists, it may be because the limit has been reached and you should try another class.

Out of fairness for all, we cannot accept “pre-registrations” of any kind for the classes. Students who have completed payment for the class without having been asked to do so will not be considered “pre-registered” and may forfeit their payment.


The registration fee for Driver’s Education through Benson Driving School (Brunswick County Schools) is $65.00

Families with financial hardship may apply for reduced fees in the registration form.

Credit card payments will be made via a direct link to an item in the Online School Payments system. As Benson Driving School does not have access to said system, receipts must be emailed to us for the registration to be considered complete. Upon completion of payment, email the receipt to

Cash payments can be made on the first day of class in exact change.

Check payments can be made on the first day of class. Checks must be made out to “Brunswick County Schools” with the student’s first initial and last name on the memo line, along with the class number (ex. 2024 Class 001).

If this page does not answer your questions:

Call us! 910-269-5508