Drivers Education Registration Process

Due to the Covid 19 pandemic, face to face classes at schools are not being offered (as far as we know). This has resulted in more students pursuing the online driver education option.  Due to the  volume of students wanting to take the online drivers education courses, we have changed our registration process for the online drivers education courses. We are now allowing students/parents to add their child to a Drivers Education Waiting List.

When a course becomes available and you are on the top of the waiting list, an email will be sent (to the email given when registering for the Drivers Ed Waiting List) providing an opportunity to register the student for the Drivers Ed course which is being offered.  If you accept, then you will receive a link to register your child and pay $60 for the course.  We expect the new registration to reduce the stress of having to register on a particular day at a specified time. The Waiting List will be open for at least a week to register, so you do not have to try to register to be added to the Waiting List as soon as it becomes available.

Our goal is to offer one to two online drivers ed courses every month. The courses must be spaced apart in order to allow teachers time to do the driving with the students who have completed the online drivers ed courses.

Prior to clicking on the link to be added to the Drivers Ed Waitlist, please read the following:

  1. Please use an email that you 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 drivers ed course.  

  2. Do not add yourself to the Drivers Ed Waitlist if you have already registered for a course or are currently taking one.

  3. When a course becomes available and you are at the top of the listyou will receive a link to formally register and pay $60 for the online drivers ed course.  

  4. When a Drivers Ed Waiting List is available,  you may click on the link and follow directions to be added to the Drivers Ed Waiting List.  You will receive a confirmation email that your registration was successful.  If  you do not receive the confirmation, you are not on the Waiting List.  

    The Waiting List is currently closed.  At 11:30am on Monday, Nov 2, the statement below in RED will become an active link that you can click on to be added to the Drivers Ed Waiting List.

    A New Drivers Ed Waiting List will open at 11:30am on Monday, Nov 2, 2020.


Remember, you will be contacted once a course is available and you are on the top of the waitlist.  For questions about the Drivers Education program you may contact Richard Gabriel at


More Detailed Online Drivers Ed Course Information Below:

We also recommend that you read the following detailed and important course information for the online drivers ed course prior to signing up for the course:

*NOTE: $60.00 Registration fee is non-refundable and non-transferable; please be sure you can complete the requirements during the times specified for the course.  The online drivers education courses are completely online using pre-recorded videos.  From registration to taking the final exam, it takes about 5 weeks to complete the course.

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 are using 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 3-4 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 – –     2 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 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 828-385-4477.