On April 3, 1998 the General Assembly of the State of North Carolina passed a law which governs drivers licenses for students under the age of 18. It is, "An act to provide that certain students who drop out of school or do not make progress toward graduation shall not be eligible for drivers permits or licenses."
An important component of this law is the involvement of the school system. School systems do not issue or revoke drivers licenses. Schools issue Drivers Eligibility Certificates based upon a students performance and enrollment in a school. A Drivers Eligibility Certificate is a required component to receive and retain a drivers license for a person under age 18 if that person received his/her license or permit after December 1, 1997.