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.**
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.