Defensive Driving

CFCC offers five courses designed to help you learn safe driving strategies to reduce your risk of citations and motor vehicle crashes.

Alive @ 25

This course is ideal for young drivers age 16-25, who incur traffic violations. Through interactive media segments, workbook exercises, role playing, and classroom participation, young drivers develop strategies that will keep them safe on the road.
See available Alive @ 25 classes

Defensive Driving – 4 hour

This course will motivate drivers to change their behind-the-wheel behaviors and attitudes. It will give them key understanding, skills and techniques to avoid collisions and reduce future violations. The result is a more responsible driver who grasps best practices to prevent injury and death while operating a motor vehicle. This class is open to any individual or business wanting to increase their awareness of roadway safety.
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Defensive Driving – 8 hour

This course is used extensively for court referrals, as a diversion program for drivers with excessive violations, and to retrain drivers with poor driving records. This course addresses the attitudes of drivers so participants can see that their choices have financial, legal, and personal consequences.
See available Defensive Driving classes

Information for students and/or attorneys

If you are registering for Alive at 25 or Defensive Driving 4 or 8 hour at the request of the court for Pender and New Hanover County, you must provide the following:

  • Driver’s license number
  • Court case number
  • If applicable, a money order/cashier’s check payable to Clerk of Court for court costs brought to class.

For all other counties, please provide the following:

  • Driver’s license number
  • County where ticket was issued

CLICK HERE to download detailed registration and class information for students and attorneys

Motorcycle Rider – Basic

CFCC North Campus
Friday 6-10pm
1st Sunday 8am-6pm
2nd Sunday 8am-6pm

This course is designed for new riders who have never ridden a motorcycle and for re-entry riders who need a refresher course. Students will learn about the different types of motorcycles, layout and operation of the basic controls, and how to become a safer, more responsible rider. Successful participants will receive a NC DMV skills waiver card.
See available Motorcycle Rider classes

Prerequisites, licensing and required attire

Students do not need to possess a driver’s license to take the class. However, they must be proficient at riding a bicycle. Students must be 16 years of age or older. Students under the age of 18 must have the written consent of a parent or guardian. This written consent is granted on the waiver form completed by each student at the beginning of the class.

Anyone operating a motorcycle on a public roadway must hold a North Carolina driver’s license and motorcycle endorsement (M). To receive a motorcycle endorsement you must successfully complete a written knowledge test and a skill test.

The NC DMV waives its skill test for motorcycle endorsement applicants who have successfully completed a Motorcycle Safety Foundation Basic Rider Course. Graduates of the Basic Rider course will be awarded a skills waiver card which must be submitted to the NCDMV license examiner as proof of course completion.

Required Attire for the Range

  • DOT approved helmet (we have helmets to borrow if needed)
  • Over the ankle leather footwear (no tennis shoes)
  • Long pants
  • Long sleeved shirt or jacket
  • Full fingered gloves
  • Protective eyewear (glasses, sunglasses, goggles, face shield)
  • Rain gear (only needed if it rains, plan ahead)

Motorcycles are provided and students will be assigned to a bike based on size and seat height.

Motorcycle Rider – Experienced

CFCC North Campus
Sunday 8am-5pm

A one-day course for riders with basic skills, this class provides more in-depth riding techniques and procedures than practiced in the basic motorcycle rider course. This course consists of activities that emphasize personal risk management and self-assessment strategies and on-cycle exercises with emphasis in cornering, braking and swerving.
See available Motorcycle Rider classes

Refund and Transfer Policy

A 100% refund will be given only if a written or emailed refund request form is received by the Defensive Driving Department prior to the course start date or if the course is cancelled by the college.

A transfer into another class may be granted if the Defensive Driving Department is notified at (910) 362-7175 or (910) 362-7219 prior to the start of class.  

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Contact Information

Jennifer Hering
Defensive Driving Coordinator
(910) 362-7219

Tanya Stack
Defensive Driving Technician
(910) 362-7175

Sarah McCabe
Defensive Driving Technician
(910) 362-7175