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California’s DMV begins offering online driver tests

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The California Department of Motor Vehicles has begun offering online options for those who are required to take their driver’s license knowledge test, officials said Friday.

Drivers renewing a driver’s license with a knowledge test requirement and some adult drivers applying for a driver’s license for the first time have two options: a remote version of the traditional test and an interactive eLearning course, officials said.

Applicants will be prompted to select the distance exam or eLearning option after completing one Online driver license application and pay a fee.

“Currently, remote testing is available for the nearly 2 million tests renewed by Californians each year, the more than 1.3 million tests taken by first-time license holders who also do not have a California ID. and Californians getting a REAL ID or motorcycle license for the first time,” the DMV said.

Californians renewing their licenses can also choose the eLearning course option, officials said.

The department charges for online testing options to reduce wait times at DMV offices.

“This is another example of how the DMV is modernizing to add more convenient online services that were previously only available in an office,” said DMV Director Steve Gordon. “We continue to integrate ways to offer our customers DMV services when and where they want.”

Individuals with a testing requirement for their license will still need to go in person to a DMV office after completing any of the online options to provide the necessary identity and residency documents, take a photograph, provide a fingerprint, perform a visual inspection and receive their license , officials said.

The eLearning course is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week on a computer, laptop, tablet or mobile device.

Participants in the course must complete seven interactive modules, including quizzes after each module, officials said. The course lasts approximately 45 minutes and is currently available in English.

The online knowledge test is available in 35 languages ​​and must be taken on a computer or laptop with a webcam, officials said. It cannot be recorded on a tablet or mobile device.

According to the DMV, it’s available between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. on weekdays, excluding public holidays.

Those taking the online test must verify their identities and agree to be monitored throughout the exam, officials said.

The test can be attempted twice online. If someone fails twice, they have to go to a DMV office for their third try.

https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2022-03-18/california-dmv-begins-offering-online-drivers-testing California’s DMV begins offering online driver tests

Dais Johnston

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