Take our North Carolina state-approved teen driver education course at our driving school in Hickory. Gain confidence behind-the-wheel (BTW) and learn the laws/rules of the roadway.

You must be 14 years 6 months by the first scheduled class and under age 18 in order to start your NC Permit process.

  • NC Permit Package: 30-Hour Class + 6 Hours BTW Training

    Includes the 30 hours of class and 6 hours of behind-the-wheel training required by the State of NC to obtain a permit for students ages 14 1/2 and under 18 years of age.

    A mandatory parent meeting is required the first day of class. Only one parent, guardian, or lawful custodian is required to attend the madatory meeting on the first day of class when the doors open either at 9 AM or 5 PM. We will not open the door any earlier. Please be on time. This is very necessary for the process to run smoothly. Students are asked to wait in the vehicle or outside at the picnic tables while the parent meeting takes place to accommodate the classroom size. The meeting takes approximately 30 minutes. We will have a quick Q & A session to ensure we're all on the same page.

    No birth certificate or social security card will be needed at the time of the parent madatory meeting.

    No cell phones, airpods, earbuds, or watches are allowed in the classroom. These items will be placed in a basket and can only be used during breaks or lunch. 

    We will have the NC Driver Handbook available for $1.00. Students may purchase this during class and need to study this book before taking their NC permit test. The handbook is referred to in class to discuss the laws/rules within. Students will need to bring a pen, pencil, highlighters, water bottle, lunch or money for lunch and breaks during the 4 day week or weekend classes.

    Once the student completes and passes their classroom portion, you will log in and select 3 days of 2 hour increments on the calendar to schedule the 6 hours behind-the-wheel training. Please understand that the student will be in the car four hours for all three sessions. Due to the fact we never drive one student alone. Please send money with your child because they will be stopping for breaks/meals at times.

    Students will be required to wear closed-toe shoes while driving. Sandals, flip-flops, or open-toed shoes are not allowed.

    Cell phone usage is not allowed during driving sessions.

    HDA is not responsible for personal items. 

    Best form of communitation with Hester Driving Academy is via email.

  • NC Permit: BTW Training Only 6 Hours

    Includes 6 hours of behind-the-wheel training required by the State of NC to obtain a permit for students ages 14 1/2 and under 18 years of age.

    Once we receive verification you have compeleted and passed the 30 hour classroom portion (Certificate of Completion, 611 Form) that must be uploaded to your student center. Once this prerequisite has been met, you will log in and select 3 days of 2 hour increments on the calendar to schedule the 6 hours behind-the-wheel training. Please understand that the student will be in the car four hours for all three sessions. Due to the fact we never drive one student alone. Please send money with your child, because they will be stopping for breaks/meals during drive time.

    Students will be required to wear closed-toe shoes while driving. Sandals, flip-flops, or open-toed shoes are not allowed.

    Cell phone usage is not allowed during driving sessions.

    HDA is not responsible for personal items.

    Best form of communitation with Hester Driving Academy is via email.

NC Permit 30 Hours Classroom

Hickory

May 3 - 12
5:00 pm
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Remember we need only one parent to attend the mandatory parent meeting, starting at 5:00 pm the first day of class. This class will meet May 3-5 and 10-12. Check your student center for the times. Friday class starts at 5pm. Saturdays are 9am and Sunday 1pm.

Jun 14 - 23
5:00 pm
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Remember we need only one parent to attend the mandatory parent meeting, starting at 5:00 pm the first day of class. This class will meet June 14-16 and 21-23. Check your student center for the times. Friday class starts at 5pm. Saturdays are 9am and Sunday 1pm.

Jun 17 - 20
9:00 am
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Remember we need only one parent to attend the mandatory parent meeting, starting at 9:00 am the first day of class. This class will meet June 17-20. This class will be meet 4 consecutive days. Check your student center for the times.

Jul 12 - 21
5:00 pm
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Remember we need only one parent to attend the mandatory parent meeting, starting at 5:00 pm the first day of class. This class will meet July 12-14 and 19-21. Check your student center for the times. Friday class starts at 5pm. Saturdays are 9am and Sunday 1pm.

Jul 15 - 18
9:00 am
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Remember we need only one parent to attend the mandatory parent meeting, starting at 9:00 am the first day of class. This class will meet July 15-18. This class will be meet 4 consecutive days. Check your student center for the times.

Aug 2 - 25
5:00 pm
Available

Remember we need only one parent to attend the mandatory parent meeting, starting at 5:00 pm the first day of class. This class will meet August 2-4 and 23-25. Check your student center for the times. Friday class starts at 5pm. Saturdays are 9am and Sunday 1pm.

Aug 19 - 22
9:00 am
Available

Remember we need only one parent to attend the mandatory parent meeting, starting at 9:00 am the first day of class. This class will meet August 19-22. This class will be meet 4 consecutive days. Check your student center for the times.

Sep 6 - 15
5:00 pm
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Remember we need only one parent to attend the mandatory parent meeting, starting at 5:00 pm the first day of class. This class will meet September 6-8 and 13-15. Check your student center for the times. Friday class starts at 5pm. Saturdays are 9am and Sunday 1pm.

Sep 9 - 12
9:00 am
Available

Remember we need only one parent to attend the mandatory parent meeting, starting at 9:00 am the first day of class This class will meet September 9-12. This class will be meet 4 consecutive days. Check your student center for the times.

Oct 4 - 13
5:00 pm
Available

Remember we need only one parent to attend the mandatory parent meeting, starting at 5:00 pm the first day of class. This class will meet October 4-6 and 11-13. Check your student center for the times. Friday class starts at 5pm. Saturdays are 9am and Sunday 1pm.

Dec 27 - 30
9:00 am
Available

Remember we need only one parent to attend the mandatory parent meeting, starting at 9:00 am the first day of class This class will meet December 27-30. This class will be meet 4 consecutive days. Check your student center for the times.

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Waitlist Class Options

Our classes fill quickly, if you do not see a class you want you can put yourself on the waitlist for a class and if we have an opening, we will call you. There is no guarantee you will get the class of your choice.