DMV has started offering altered road tests for teen drivers

North Carolina
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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina’s Division of Motor Vehicles has started offering road tests to teen drivers again.

The Raleigh News & Observer reports that the DMV had largely stopped the tests last March to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

The agency had waived the driver’s test requirement for most people seeking their first North Carolina license based on previous training or safe driving records. But the policy didn’t apply to 16- or 17-year-olds seeking a provisional license.

The DMV has developed a road test course in large parking lots that does not require license examiners and drivers to sit together in a car. The test consists of a socially distanced examiner who gives instructions involving turning, parking and basic driving skills.

The DMV has offered the tests at only 14 of its 115 drivers license offices in the state. The number will double as offices try to meet growing demand.

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