Original Drivers Ed

For information on the course, view the short video below:

Online Drivers Ed Registration sign-up dates are listed below.  If you prefer a Classroom setting,  some schools offer a face-to-face Classroom Drivers Ed course for students.

* All new Drivers Ed Sessions are currently Suspended*

WRESA contracts with Mountain Professionals to run our online Drivers Ed courses, and many school systems contract Mountain Professionals to handle the Driving Portion of Drivers Ed.  Here is a statement from Mountain Professionals addressing the current state of the Drivers Education Program: 

Mountain Professionals would like to update you regarding school closures, and the affect it is having on drivers education training at this time.

Our company must follow all guidelines provided by the Governor’s office, and take necessary precautions for our instructors and students. At this time we have suspended all behind the wheel training and any seated bookwork classes. Students currently enrolled in an online class will be able to finish the class. However, WRESA will not begin any new classes until these restrictions are lifted.

We recognize how frustrating this is for students and parents, and will be ready with the necessary personnel and resources to begin driving as soon as the restrictions are lifted.

Please keep in mind that with schools and DMV offices closed, students are not able to get the DMV eye exam or the needed paperwork (the Driver Eligibility Certificate) required for their permit.

When we have updates or changes in these procedures, we will post the information on our website.

Thank you your patience and understanding. Mountain Professionals will follow all state guidelines to protect our students, instructors, and North Carolinians during this unprecedented, unpredictable time.

WRESA and Mountain Professionals will update our websites with any changes to these procedures.  Thank you for understanding and stay safe.

Students must be at least 14 1/2 on the first day of class. Fee is $60, payable with PayPal/Credit Card at time of registration. Please read all information below before signing up.

*NOTE: $60.00 Registration fee is non-refundable and non-transferable; please be sure you can complete the requirements during the times for each session.

For driving or Restricted Instruction Permit questions, please contact Mountain Professionals at 828-385-4477.

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.

Session Registration Dates Orientation Dates Class Dates Final Exam Dates
89 Registration Closed Feb 6 – Feb 9 Feb 10 – Mar 8 Mar 11 – Mar 12
90 Registration Closed Feb 20 – Feb 23 Feb 24 – Mar 22 Mar 25 – Mar 26
91 Registration Closed Mar 5 – Mar 8 Mar 9 – Apr 5 Apr 8 – Apr 9
92/93 Suspended
94/95 Suspended

Once a student has been registered for a class, they will receive an email containing instructions on how to enroll in the classroom portion.

Classroom Portion Requirements:

  • You will receive an email with the information to enroll in the classroom portion. Orientation should take about 20 minutes to complete, and must be done during the 2 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.

  • You must make an overall an over all grade of “60” to receive credit for this course. 

    ​**Please note, you must complete assignments during the time frame outlined in the schedule. You will NOT be allowed to makeup any assignments.**


Orientation – –      2 Days to complete

First Week – –      Units 1 – 3

Second Week – – Units 4 – 6

Third Week – –     Units 7 – 9

Fourth Week – –   Units 10 – 13

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

Students, please mail the restricted instruction permit (RIP) to Mountain Professionals; the grade will also be sent to Mountain Professionals.  Then the RIP will be sent to the driving instructor in your district. Once the instructor receives the restricted permit you will be scheduled to drive by birth order, oldest first.  Typically, you will receive a call from an instructor within 30 to 90 days after receipt of the RIP, depending on your age and the number of students in your district.

If you need to print a copy of the Restricted Permit, you can download it here: Restricted Instruction Permit. Forms should be mailed to the following address:

  Mountain Professionals, Inc.

  PO Box 212

  Bakersville, NC  28705

 Make sure to:

Have your eyes checked at the DMV.  Complete the form in BLUE or BLACK ink.  Have a parent/guardian sign in BLUE or BLACK ink.

Students will not be able to drive until this form is turned in.