This provisional license allows a 16- to 17-year-old to drive without a supervising licensed driver between 5 a.m. and 9 p.m., unless they are going to and from work. Only one non-domestic passenger under the age of 18 is allowed. No family member under the age of 18 can be a passenger.
However, applicants aged 16 and 17 for a full provisional level 3 license must still pass a driving test administered by the NC Division of Motor Vehicles.
Applicants must have held a limited provisional license for at least six months and not have been convicted of a motor vehicle driving violation or seat belt violation within six previous months.
SB843 would also establish a pilot program “to increase the hours of operation of targeted and high-volume DMV offices to meet the increased demand” for services due to the closure of these agents.
SB843 would come into effect on July 1 if enacted.
House Bill 1213 was placed in the House Transportation Committee. The bipartisan bill co-sponsors Republican Representatives Sarah Stevens of Surry County and Lee Zachary of Yadkin County and Democrat Pricey Harrison of Guilford County.
It is similar to SB843 in terms of waiving a road test temporarily for a regular or limited provisional license if the applicant meets all other license requirements.