Forest Hills High School Online Driver Education Site

All UCPS online Driver Ed courses, registration for courses, final exams, eye screenings, and Behind the Wheel Instruction has been postponed until further notice. 
Need a Driving Eligibility Certificate?  See below for information.

The North Carolina Department of Education oversees the public school driver education program that is available to all enrolled, public and charter, private, and home school students. The program follows the guidelines established by the State Board of Education and the State Superintendent. As for the future of Driver Education including registration for online coursework, final exams, and Behind the Wheel Instruction: unfortunately, UCPS (and other public school driver education programs throughout the state) is still in a holding pattern. NC Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI), Driver Education Section Chief, Mr. Karl Logan offered Driver Ed Coordinators the following communication: “We thank you for your patience due to our current state of affairs! Please know that we are on the radar of state leadership, and optimistically expect guidance from them as we are planning a restart of the program. At this time, we cannot speculate when that will be, or what changes to operational guidelines will be needed. What we do know is that this will require your cooperation and communication as we continue to serve our students and stakeholders in traffic safety.”

Union County Public Schools must wait for input, guidelines, and decisions from NC's government, NCDPI, as well as local agencies before we can make and initiate a plan as it relates to UCPS's Driver Education Program including registration for online course work, final exams, and Behind the Wheel Instruction. As soon as we have a specific plan for how we will proceed, we will communicate that widely. Again, we thank you for your patience and ask that you stay tuned to all UCPS channels of communication for further information. 

Driving Eligibility Certificates: Each UCPS high school principal has offered communication regarding the distribution of Driving Eligibility Certificates for their specific site. As you know, you will need to visit the school in which your child is currently enrolled to secure the Driving Eligibility Certificate. Each site will set its by-appointment-only-schedule.  Please contact that school to schedule an appointment. 
Once scheduled, bring the following documents to the appointment: 
  • Student’s birth certificate or passport 
  • Completed Driver Education Certificate 
  • Proof of address if the current address is different than the one listed on the Driver Education Certificate or the address listed in PowerSchool. Address must be verified for the NC Real ID. 

Union County Public Schools (UCPS) offers a Driver Education Program. Each UCPS Driver Education course involves 30 hours of online classroom work via modules in the Canvas platform and a minimum of 12 hours of Behind the Wheel instruction in a UCPS Driver Education vehicle (6 hours driving and 6 hours observing). Students must have access to the Internet to take the online course. There are 8 modules that open every-other-day, except for weekends or holidays during the scheduled course. Modules are to be completed outside of the regular school day. The Driver Education online course is usually 3 weeks in length and will take 30 hours to complete. Behind the Wheel instruction usually occurs 2-3 months after the passing of the face-to-face final exam and eye-screening. The order is determined by date of birth. Older students will be contacted first. Parents and students will be contacted by a UCPS Driver Ed Instructor via phone call, email, and/or text. They WILL NOT be contacted by social media.

Enrollment in the UCPS Driver Education program is open to any student who attends a public, private, charter, or home school registered in Union County and meets the eligibility requirements.

In order to be eligible to enroll in UCPS’s Driver Education Program, an individual must meet the following requirements:


~Attend a high school (public, private, charter, or home school) registered in Union County. Middle School students who are attending a public, private, charter, or home school registered in Union County ARE eligible to take Driver Education as long as they are 14 ½ years old on the first day of class and meet the other requirements. Residency in Union County does not determine Driver Education enrollment eligibility; the county in which the registered school (that the student attends) is in is the determining factor.

~Be 14 ½ on the first day of class. A student 18 or older who attends school in Union County is eligible for the classroom portion but must secure a Learner’s Permit from DMV before they are eligible to complete the Behind the Wheel/driving portion of the course.

~Have not previously enrolled in the UCPS (or in any NC school district) Driver Education program.


If a student lives in Union County, but attends school (public, private, charter, and home school) outside the county, the student is NOT eligible to receive Driver Education instructional (classroom and/or behind-the-wheel) training in Union County Public Schools.  


UCPS’s Driver Education Course Registration is completed online and is a two-step process. There is a $65 registration fee that is due when registering for the UCPS Driver Education class. Please read all online registration directions completely. There are registration date parameters and capacity restrictions. Enrollment in the online course may be limited due to the number of students waiting to for the Behind the Wheel portion of Driver Ed. Students that attend a Union County Public School may only register for the Driver Education course for the school they are enrolled and attend (Ex. A student enrolled at SVHS may only register and take Driver Ed through SVHS). Students who attend a private, charter, or home school registered in Union County may only register for "Home School", “Other” (for charter or private), or “Union Academy,” if applicable. If any school/site has reached registration-capacity, another school/site cannot be chosen.


Families/students may contact a private company at their own expense.


The "Handbook" tab at the top of this page is a great resource for general information about the UCPS Driver Education Program.
For Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and answers, click here.
If you have questions about the eye screenings, final exams, or the Behind the Wheel/driving schedule, please contact the Lead Driver Ed Instructor at your assigned DE site: Lead Instructor's Contact Information.

Online Registration Information:


If it is during the registration date parameters, click here to begin the registration process. It is recommended to register using a lap or desktop computer; not a 'smart device'.  Any registration questions should be emailed to Mrs. Lisa Thompson at driver.ed@ucps.k12.nc.us.


UCPS’s Driver Education Course registration is completed online and is a two-step process*. There is a $65 registration fee that is due when registering for UCPS Driver Education class. Please read all online registration directions completely. There are registration date parameters and capacity restrictions. Enrollment in the online course may be limited due to the number of students waiting to for the Behind the Wheel portion of Driver Ed. Enrollment is open to any student who attends a public, private, charter, or home school registered in Union County and meets the eligibility requirements.

~Students who attend a Union County Public School may only register for the Driver Education course for the school they are enrolled and attend (Ex. A student enrolled at SVHS may only register and take Driver Ed through SVHS). All students who attend a private, charter, or home school registered in Union County will be served at Union Academy. They are to choose "Home School", “Other” (for private or charter), or "Union Academy", if applicable when registering.

~If any school/site has reached registration-capacity, another school/site cannot be chosen. If your school is no longer listed in registration or payment platforms, capacity has been reached.

~*Registration is a two-step process: you will begin in the registration form, and in section 3 of the registration form you will be prompted to pay for the course via a link. You will go to this link to pay. Once payment is received, you will receive a confirmation email with an order number that must be entered in section 3 of the registration form. Finish completing the remainder of the registration form AND click "Submit" at the end of this registration form. You should receive two emails: one confirming payment and one confirming registration.  If you do not receive an email confirming registration in the DE course, you are not registered AND should immediately email driver.ed@ucps.k12.nc.us.  

Online Driver Ed Canvas Course Information:
Actual online Canvas course questions should be directed to the instructor, Mr. Brian Pitoniak (brian.pitoniak@ucps.k12.nc.us), inside of the DE Canvas course, using the 'Inbox' on the left.  Be sure to read all 'Announcements' as it will contain important information.





Final Face-to-Face DE Exam Information: 
At the end of the coursework, there is a face-to face, 100-question exam and eye check scheduled at each specific site.  The final exam is scheduled for 2 hours. It is “closed-book”--notes, handbooks, phones, and/or computers are not allowed in sight when taking the final exam.

NC Restricted Instruction Permit (RIP)/800 fillable (can type-in) form (must be signed by a parent/guardian in blue or black ink only). Due to the recently revised NCDMV/DOT 800 form and guidelines, the RIP/800 form may not be altered in any manner. Per the NC Attorney General’s office, any alteration of a State document constitutes fraud and will not be tolerated. Altering includes double-sided printing, writing/typing or adding any information, anywhere (back or front) on the RIP/800 form where applicable, specific information is not requested. DMV representatives will not and cannot complete the eye screening or their portion of the RIP/800 form if it has been altered in any way.

30-hour DE Course-Communication Parent Letter completed with blue or black ink only and signed by a parent/guardian.

 Exam Schedule 

Final Exam and Eye Check
Media Center

Exam Retake (No Eye Check Offered)

Media Center


 Behind the Wheel Instruction Information:
After successfully completing the online course, passing the final exam and eye check, students will be scheduled for Behind the Wheel instruction. Behind the Wheel instruction usually occurs 2-3 months after the passing of the final exam and eye-screening. The order is determined by date of birth. Older students will be contacted first. Parents and students will be contacted by a UCPS Driver Ed Instructor via phone call, email, and/or text. They WILL NOT be contacted via social media. Families/students must arrange transportation to and from their BTW sessions.


If you have questions about the eye screenings, final exams, and/or the Behind the Wheel/driving schedule, please contact the Lead Driver Ed Instructor at your assigned DE site: Lead Instructor's Contact Information.

Bob Hartley
301-642-0171