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Preparing for the Tests

Vision Test

Whether you are applying for a learner permit, an original license, or a renewal license, your vision must be checked to see that you meet certain standards. If you require corrective lenses to bring your vision up to the required standards, you must wear the lenses at all times while driving. Your license will indicate that you must wear corrective lenses. The penalty for driving without the proper corrective lenses is the same as driving without a license. (Source: NC Dept. of Transportation)

Written Test

The written test covers traffic laws and safe driving practices. Oral tests are available, upon request, for those who have difficulty reading. (Source: NC Dept. of Transportation)

Sign Test

All the information on the traffic signs test is in Chapter 5 of the Driver's Handbook. To pass the signs test, you must identify the traffic signs by color and shape. You must also explain what each sign means. (Source: NC Dept. of Transportation)
NC DMV Regulatory and Warning Road Signs

Behind-the-Wheel Driving Test

The driving test is an on-the-road demonstration of your driving abilities. You must perform this test after you have passed all the other tests. During the driving test, you will be given an opportunity to perform basic driving patterns and to show your ability to drive safely with traffic. Review Chapter 1 of the Driver Handbook for a complete listing of skills needed for the driving test which includes a few of the following key skills:
  • Approaches to intersections, stop signs, and traffic signals;
  • Stopping (including quick stops), starting, and parking;
  • Operating the car in reverse;
  • Turn signals and use of the horn;
  • Use of lanes;
  • Following other vehicles;
  • Passing and being passed;
  • Yielding right-of-way to pedestrians and vehicles; and
  • Three-point turnabouts.