The North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) requires 30 hours of classroom instruction and six hours of behind-the-wheel training. All Durham County students who are at least 14 ½ years old and under age 18 and enrolled in a public, private, charter or home school are eligible to take driver education in Durham Public Schools.
Students wishing to take driver education must be eligible to receive a driver eligibility certificate. Students who have failed two or more courses the previous semester are not eligible to take driver education.
To take Driver Education with Durham Public Schools a student must be in one of these categories:
Attend a Durham Public School high school
Attend a private school located in Durham
Attend a registered “home school" located in Durham.
A student must be 14 ½ years of age on the first day of class.
DPS will be using an “on-line” payment system for the $45 fee for Driver Education. The fee will be paid by credit card or with debit card. Students who do not have a credit or debit card may obtain one from a store. Students need to remember that some places will charge a service fee for the card and need to add that to the amount put on the card.
Students that are dismissed from a Driver Education class due to behavior or attendance problems will not be allowed to take Driver Education a second time through Durham Public Schools.
Riverside/Ignite Academy Registration
The following are the dates and times for the Fall classes for Driver Education. The registration dates and times are posted for each class. Please remember, you may only register for a class at the school you are enrolled in. If you register for a school you do not attend, you will be removed from the registration. All classes meet over zoom and if your registration is accepted you will be notified once we have confirmed your registration with the class information. Students must be 14 ½ to register for a class. Payment information will be given on the first day the class meets. Links to the registrations will be on the schools website.
Riverside High School and Ignite Academy:
Fall Classes: October 16th - Nov. 6th registration is Sept. 30th at 9am
AM Class 6:30am - 8:30am
PM Class 5:00pm - 7:00pm
There will be a live link on this page starting on the registration date for students to register.
Please make sure you are registering for the appropriate class time.We cannot guarantee that you will receive your preferred time if you sign up for the incorrect class.
Students wishing to take Driver's Education must sign up via the DPS website. After completing the class, students should see a School Counselor to obtain a driver's eligibility certificate. Certificates are only valid for 30 days upon issue.