DMW extends temporary halt to behind-the-wheel driving tests until January 4

For the health and safety of customers and employees during the current statewide surge in COVID-19 cases, the California Department of Motor Vehicles is continuing its temporary suspension of behind-the-wheel driving tests until at least January 4. The temporary suspension includes commercial and noncommercial tests but does not apply to motorcycle drive tests, which can be conducted at a safe distance.

Customers with scheduled appointments through January 4 will be notified their tests are canceled. The DMV will automatically reschedule the tests at a later date. DMV drive test examiners are being redirected to assist with other customer transactions.

Nearly all Californians can now renew their driver’s license online – even if the renewal notice states an office visit is required.

The DMV requires everyone who enters the DMV to wear a face covering, physically distance, and have their temperature checked. A limited number of people allowed in the office.

Safety measures in place for behind-the-wheel tests include required face coverings, temperature checks, cracked windows for increased air circulation, and seat covers.

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. Customers can also use the Service Advisor on the DMV website to learn their options to complete DMV tasks.


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