Drivers Education Registration Process

***IMPORTANT UPDATES***

  • April 9, 2021:  If you are on the Spring 2021 Drivers Ed Waiting List, you should have received an email to register and pay for a course.  If you did not receive an email,  contact Richard Gabriel at rgabriel@wresa.org.

  • May 1, 2020:  Due to the Covid 19 pandemic, there are a limited number of face-to-face classes at schools that are being offered. This has resulted in more students pursuing our online driver education option. Because of the high volume of students wanting to take the online drivers education courses, we have changed our registration process for the online drivers education courses which we hope provides an easier and less stressful method of registration. Students/Parents will now add a student to the Drivers Education Waiting List to start the Online Drivers Education process.

“Need to Know” about the Drivers Ed (DE) Waiting List

  • Getting onto the DE Waiting List does not cost anything. Registrants DO NOT pay the $60 for the course until they actually register for a course being offered.

  • The DE Waiting List does not register you for a course.  However, it is the first step in working towards taking an online drivers ed course.

  • It is very important to provide a Contact Email that gets checked regularly. The Contact Email will be used to notify you about updates such as when a course is available to register and pay.

Helpful Hints when registering to get onto the Drivers Ed Waiting List

  • Contact Email:  Under “Contact Email”, enter an email that the parent/student will monitor regularly.  In most cases, it is best to use a parent email since we have found that parents usually complete the official registration and pay for the online drivers ed course.  If a student is entering the information, it is best to enter your parent’s email or a student personal email that you check regularly. It is best NOT to use a school email, since many school systems will block incoming emails.
  • CONFIRMATION EMAIL:  If you DO NOT receive a confirmation email, then you most likely DID NOT successfully get added to the Drivers Ed Waiting List.

 Registration Schedule for Online Drivers Ed Waiting Lists 

Waiting ListStatusOpens for RegistrationMust be Born BeforeCourses Starting betweenNext Email To be Sent No Later Than
FALL 2020CLOSEDSep 15, 2020Oct 1 - Dec 31, 2021
WNTR 2021CLOSEDNov 2, 2020 Jan 1 - Mar 31, 2021Jan 25, 2021
SPR 2021CLOSEDJan 11, 2021Oct 11, 2006Apr 1 - June 30, 2021Apr 23, 2021
SUMR 2021CLOSEDJan 29, 2021Jan 11, 2007July 1 - Sep 30, 2021July 23, 2021
FALL 2021FUTUREApr 20, 2021Apr 12, 2007Oct 1 - Dec 31, 2021Oct 22, 2021

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Online Drivers Ed Waiting List Registration Section

Click Here to Register onto the Fall 2021 Drivers Ed Waiting List

For questions about the Drivers Education program you may contact Richard Gabriel at rgabriel@wresa.org

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More Detailed Online Drivers Ed Course Information Below:

Overall Drivers Education Process:

Note that the Drivers Education process involves 3 primary steps which students must complete:

1) 30 hours of Classroom Instruction:   Students can take our online drivers ed course, or they can take a face-to-face course.

2) 6 hours of Driving Instruction:  Mountain Professionals handles this Driving Portion of drivers ed for most of the online drivers ed students.

3) Apply for a Learner’s Permit at the DMV:  Students must take the Driver’s Education Certificate (which students receive after completing the 30 hours of Classroom instruction and the 6 hours of driving instruction)  and the Driving Eligibility Certificate (which students receive from the school which indicates that the student is in good academic standing), to the DMV to apply for a Learner’s Permit.

***Note that homeschool students will need to apply online for the Driving Eligibility Certificate.  Go to the NC DOA “Student Driving Info” for more information.

Other Important Information Prior to Signing up for the Online Drivers Ed Course:

  • COST:  When you receive the email to register and pay for a course, note that it costs $60 for the online drivers ed course, payable through PayPal or by credit card.  The registration fee is non-refundable and non-transferable; please be sure you can complete the requirements during the times specified for the course prior to registering.
  • COURSE TYPE and DURATION:   The online drivers education courses are completely online using pre-recorded videos.  From Orientation to taking the final exam, it takes about 5 weeks to complete the course.
  • ELIGIBILTY: Classes are available only to students residing in the following counties: Buncombe, Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Henderson, Macon, Madison, McDowell, Mitchell, Polk, Rutherford, Swain, Transylvania, and Yancey.  If you reside in Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Macon, McDowell, Swain, or attend school out of state, the driving portion will be done with your county’s Driver’s Ed  and there may be an additional fee.  Jackson County and Haywood County students are not eligible to take this course unless they use a private driving company.

Classroom Portion Requirements:

  • Upon successful online registration, registrants will receive a confirmation email. Also, within a few days of the course work beginning, registrants will receive an email from the instructor of course with directions for enrolling in the course and completing the Orientation, which should take about 20-30 minutes to complete and must be done during a 3-day window. 

  • All sections and quizzes must be completed for Units during the designated time.

  • Road Signs Test and Final Exam must be completed on one of the designated dates during the designated time.

  • Students must earn an overall  grade of “60” to receive credit for this course. 

    ​**Please note:  students must complete assignments during the time frame outlined in the schedule.  The student has the flexibility to work on the specific units anytime during the week that works best for the student’s schedule.  The units for that week, however, must be completed by the end of that week. You will NOT be allowed to makeup any assignments.**

SCHEDULE OUTLINE:

Orientation – –     3 Days to complete

First Week – –      Units 1 – 3    (Due by the end of the week)

Second Week – – Units 4 – 6    (Due by the end of the week)

Third Week – –     Units 7 – 9    (Due by the end of the week)

Fourth Week – –   Units 10 – 13  (Due by the end of the week)

Final Exam – –      Choose one of the 2-hour window options over 2 days

Driving Portion including Restricted Instruction Permit (RIP) form:   

Following completion of the online course (or, the student can actually complete and submit while taking the course), each student must fill out and mail the Restricted Instruction Permit (RIP) form to Mountain Professionals.  Here are the steps to complete the RIP:

1)  If you need to print a copy of the RIP form, you can download it here: Restricted Instruction Permit.

2)  Student needs to fill out the student information section at the top of the form, which also requires both student and parent signatures. Complete the RIP form in BLUE or BLACK ink. Have a parent/guardian sign in BLUE or BLACK ink.

3)  Note that the DMV will NO longer accept eye exams from a doctor. To find out about options for getting the eye exams, click on  Mountain Professional RIP.

4)  Mail the RIP form to the following address:

       Mountain Professionals, Inc.

       PO Box 212

       Bakersville, NC  28705

5)  When received, Mountain Professionals, Inc (MPI) will verify the RIP form and the student’s grades for the course.  If all looks good, Mountain Professionals will send the RIP form to the driving instructor in the student’s district. Mountain Professionals will also email the student and the parent to inform them that the RIP was received and has been sent to the driving instructor.  Once the driving instructor receives the RIP form, the student will be scheduled to drive in birth order, with the oldest driving first.  Typically, a student will receive a call from the driving instructor within 30 to 90 days after receipt of the RIP, depending on the student’s age and the number of students in that district.

*** Students will not be able to drive until the RIP form is turned in to Mountain Professionals and the RIP form has been verified.

***For questions about the Driving Portion and RIP form, contact Mountain Professionals, Inc. at 828-483-4708 or you can email driversed@wresa.org.