DMV resumes behind-the-wheel driving tests

The California Department of Motor Vehicles is resuming behind-the-wheel driving tests starting today, February 1. The DMV had halted behind-the-wheel testing due to the surge in COVID-19 cases.

Those who had their tests canceled because of the suspension will automatically be rescheduled for a new appointment. Appointments canceled between December 14 and February 1 have been rescheduled, according to the DMV.

Safety measures in place for behind-the-wheel tests include required face coverings, temperature checks, cracked windows for increased air circulation, and seat covers. The DMV requires everyone who enters DMV offices to wear a face covering, physical distance, and have their temperature checked. The number of people allowed in the office is limited and plexiglass has been installed.

While DMV offices remain open to serve the public, the DMV encourages all customers to use its online services, expanded virtual services, and other service channels to complete transactions, including eligible driver’s license and vehicle registration renewals.

Nearly all Californians can now renew their driver’s license online – even if the renewal notice states an office visit is required. Customers can also use the Service Advisor on the DMV website to learn their options to complete DMV tasks.


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