Driver Education

Union County Public Schools offers a Driver Education program. Each UCPS Driver Education course involves 30 hours of online classroom work via Canvas modules and a minimum of 12 hours of Behind the Wheel instruction in the vehicle (6 hours driving and 6 hours observing).

Enrollment is open to any student who attends high school* within UCPS's school district and meets the eligibility requirements. All students who attend high school* whether private, public, charter, or home school in Union County are also eligible for UCPS’s Driver Education Program. (Union Academy will train charter, private, and home school students.)

UCPS’s Driver Education (DE) Course Enrollment and Registration Information:

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

  • Attending a high school* whether public, private, charter, or home school within Union County.

  • Be 14 ½ on the first day of class. A student over 18 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 driving portion of the class.

  • Have not previously enrolled in the UCPS Driver Education program. Students who have dropped out of school or who have enrolled in driver education previously or did not take the class for which they were enrolled are not eligible for these classes without special consideration and permission from UCPS’s Driver Education Coordinator.

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

*Middle School students ARE eligible to take Driver Education as long as they are the legal age (14 ½ on the first day of class).

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

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. 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 that attend a private, charter, and home school in Union County may only register for “Other” or “Union Academy” if applicable. If any school/site has reached registration-capacity, another school/site cannot be chosen.

Please click on the "Driver Ed Schedule" link above for more information, dates, and additional links.

The "Handbook" tab at the top of this page is a great resource for general information about UCPS's Driver Education Program.

Thank you, 
Blaire Traywick

Driver Education Coordinator and District Administrator for Arts and Humanities

Teaching and Learning Division

Union County Public Schools

721 Brewer Drive (Technology Services-side)

Monroe, NC 28112

(704) 290-1526 (Office Phone)
(704) 296-3147 (Fax)

(980) 313-4481 (Google Voice)