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According to a recent study by John Hopkins, graduated driver’s licensing programs reduce fatal crashes by 11% among 16-year-old drivers. All states except North Dakota have some form of graduated licensing requirements.

Learner Stage Intermediate Stage Full Privilege
Min. Age
Driving Hours
(Night Hours)
Min. Age
(Yrs./ Mos.)
Min. Dura-
Min. Age
Nighttime Driving Restriction Passenger
(* family members exempt)
NorthCarolina 15 12 16 9 p.m. – 5 a.m. No more than 1 pass. <21*;if family member <21 is passenger,

no other non-family memb. pass. <21

16 / 6 None

In addition, it is against the law in N.C. for all drivers to text while driving and it’s against the law for those under 18 to use a cell phone while driving. For more information on your state laws see