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    SUMMARY: North Carolina Driver Handbook

    The North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) provides access to the driver handbook, commercial driver handbook, and motorcycle manual all online. If you’re interested in traffic laws, see the North Carolina vehicle code.

    Scroll down to find links to various NC driving manuals and publications.

    North Carolina Driver’s Handbook

    Before applying for your NC driver's license, you’ll need to prepare for the written test by studying the traffic rules and regulations in North Carolina.

    All of this information is found in the North Carolina Driver's Handbook—a comprehensive guide to driving in the state. Topics covered include:

    • Defensive driving techniques.
    • NC driver’s license exams.
    • Basic driving skills.
    • Driving under hazardous conditions.
    • Traffic signals, signs, and pavement markings.
    • Vehicle registration and titling.
    • Required vehicle inspections in North Carolina.
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    The NC driver manual is also offered in Spanish. Visit your local North Carolina DMV office for a hard copy of the driver manual.

    Don't Forget an Online Practice Test!

    An ideal complement to studying the NC Driver Handbook is preparing for the written test with the help of a comprehensive online practice test. These study guides have been created to help you pass the test on your first attempt. Our certified partner offers multiple practice tests for most types of vehicles, including cars, motorcycles and commercial vehicles.

    Commercial Driver License Manual

    When you apply for a commercial driver's license (CDL) in North Carolina, you’ll need to get familiar with the NC Commercial Driver License Manual. You’ll learn about the following topics and more:

    If you're going to operate a school bus, you can read the School Bus Handbook on the NC DMV website.

    NC Motorcycle Manual

    If you’re applying for a NC motorcycle license, read through the Motorcyclist’s Handbook for all the information you need to pass the written exam and operate your motorcycle safely.

    The manual also contains information about the following topics:

    • How to safely carry passengers and/or cargo.
    • How to avoid crashes.
    • Penalties for riding under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

    The Motorcyclist’s Handbook also includes some sample questions to help you pass the written exam.

    If you’re ready to take your test, visit our Motorcycle License page.

    North Carolina Vehicle Code

    Browse through the North Carolina Vehicle Code for detailed information on topics such as NC traffic laws, driver’s licensing, and vehicle titling and registration.

    If you’ve received a traffic citation, our Traffic Tickets page will give you instructions on how to respond. If you want to contest the charge, you may consider hiring a traffic ticket attorney to represent you in court.

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