Tara had wanted me to get my license for a very long time, so I decided to fly back to NC and get it without telling her, and then surprise her with it as a Christmas Eve present.

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When backing up, put your arm on the back of their seat and look behind you. Don’t use mirrors. 

When changing lanes, look over your shoulder. Use mirrors and If changing left, look over left shoulder. Same for right. 

Stop sign, look both ways. 

Check mirrors occasionally when driving. 

Look behind for three point turn. 

Quick stops, so be prepared to stop short.

Three seconds behind a car. Count to three when passing an object. 

Three point turns. May need to turn on hazards (center of car) 

Don’t go 5 miles over speed limit. Go the current speed limit. 

What to bring: 
* https://www.ncdot.gov/dmv/license-id/driver-licenses/new-drivers/Pages/default.aspx
* Car registration
    * In the car (dad says 100% sure)
* $5 in cash or check or card
    * Mom should have cash and I have card. 
* Real ID requirements: https://www.ncdot.gov/dmv/license-id/nc-real-id/Documents/real-id-brochure.pdf
    * Identity and date of birth (One document with full name)
        * U.S. Passport works
    * Social Security number (	One document with full name and full Social Security number)
        * Social Security Card works
    * ​North Carolina residency (​Two documents with current address)
        * Utility bill or cable bill
            * Have 3 (Duke Energy, Propane, and AT&T)
        * Preprinted bank statement or financial statement
            * Have 2 (bank statement, and credit union interest statement on US Bonds for 2017)
        * Preprinted business letterhead
            * Have 2 (letterhead, and invoice)
        * Any document issued by the state of North Carolina, a county, city, or the federal government
            * Have 3. Learner's permit may work for this. Otherwise, have Social Security mail and department of elections voter registration.
    *   One document proving liability insurance coverage from a provider licensed to do business in North Carolina
        * ​Insurance policy from a North Carolina-licensed insurer that show the dates the policy was issued and became effective
            * Have it, it's the little card and the printout of the certificate of insurance. Has policy number.
        * OR
        * North Carolina Certificate of Insurance (FS-1) showing the vehicle year, make, model and vehicle identification number
* Non Real ID Requirements:
    * One document verifying age and identity 
    * A Social Security card or one document proving they have a Social Security number
    * For U.S. citizens, one document proving residency
    * One document proving liability insurance coverage from a provider licensed to do business in North Carolina

Pre To-Do: 
* Turn off mom's location services. Done. 
* Prepare all documents in folder. Done. 
* Mom should drive me to the place. Done. 

Biggest things to remember: 
* Be prepared for them to suddenly say "STOP"
* When backing up, do the reach around.
* When changing lanes, turn your head to look behind you (don't rely exclusively on mirrors).
* When doing 3 point turn, do the reach around.

Possible things:
* Default speed limit is 25 on residential, 55 on non-residential
* Know how to do windshield wipers, heating/cooling, etc.
* Put hands in 10 and 2 position.

Smaller things: 
* Road signs test: 
    * https://www.ncdot.gov/dmv/license-id/driver-licenses/new-drivers/Documents/Regulatory%20Signs.pdf
    * https://www.ncdot.gov/dmv/license-id/driver-licenses/new-drivers/Documents/Warning%20Signs.pdf
* Vision test:
    * Will be trivial.
* Unlikely:
    * Having to take the knowledge test. Passing rate is like 80% anyway, but could have to do that if they don't like that my permit has expired. Likely having my permit will show them I've already taken it.