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 our 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 which we hope provides an easier, less stressful, and more fair method of registration. We are now allowing students/parents to add a student to the Drivers Education Waiting List.

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

  • Getting onto the DE Waiting List does not cost anything. Registrants do not have to pay until they actually register for a course being offered.

  • The DE Waiting List does not register you for a course.

  • The DE Waiting List provides you an opportunity to register and pay ($60) for a course which is offered during the time period specified. For example, students on the Nov 2nd Waiting List will receive an opportunity to register and pay for a course that will begin between January 20th and March 31st.

  • 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.

  • The Waiting List typically should be open for at least a week, easing the stress of the previous method of having to register at a particular time and date.

When you are actually registering to get onto the DE Waiting List, here are some helpful hints:

  • If you are a parent, enter your “Personal Information”, then select to Register “Someone Else”.  Then enter your child’s information.

  • If you are a student, enter your “Personal Information”, then select to Register “Myself”.

  • In the step “A Few Details We Need”, enter the student information being added to the Waiting List.

  • 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 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 did not successfully get added to the DE Waiting List.


    Drivers Ed Waiting List Registration Section

The current Drivers Ed Waiting List is Closed (Full). We will be opening another Waiting List at 11:30am on Monday, January 11, 2021 

  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.