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DMV rule changes would make license test quicker

Posted February 27, 2014

Wait times at DMV license offices can sometimes exceed an hour, so officials want to shift staff and adjust office hours to get people in and out faster.

— Officials with the state Division of Motor Vehicles are hoping to get public feedback Thursday evening about rule changes that could impact drivers across North Carolina.

The changes proposed by DMV could shorten wait times at offices and will also make North Carolina's license procedures similar to other states.

Officials want to get rid of the written test requirement for those drivers with a valid license from another state.

They also want to extend the amount of time – from one year to two – a person's license can be expired before he or she has to take the full written exam.

The public meeting will be held at 5 p.m. Thursday at the Chavis Park Community Center on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.


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  • Fanny Chmelar Mar 4, 2014
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    Based on drivers around here, every renewal should include either an on-road test or, more simply, to have a pass/fail based on 4 questions. 1) when must you have your headlights on? 2) when must you turn on your turn signal? 3) name 3 limited access highway lanes and their purpose. 4) when turning left and the light turns green while there is oncoming traffic, where should you stop your car?

  • Jump1 Feb 28, 2014

    I agree why have licenses, if you get a ticket for not having one you just pay a fine, if your stop they LEOs will just let you drive off. If you get a ticket and then get your license they let you off. Could save a lot of time by not having one.

  • tonyavetter Feb 27, 2014

    North Carolina is my home state and I recently returned after living in another state for a few years. My license would not expire for another 4 years. I had to take the written test upon relocating and will never forget one of the questions. Only a certified mechanic or someone who has had experience with auto repairs would know the answer. Fortunately, I had knowledge on this subject and answered the question correctly. My son, however, got his initial license in S.C. and had to take a written, eye and road test. He passed with flying colors. When we relocated here, he was required to take the written test and he failed it, twice! I can't tell you how angry he was. It is an extremely difficult test and I think it is unfair to test someone again after they have already shown sufficient aptitude on their renewal or if their license is still valid! I think the written test should only be given if someone fails to renew and their license expires!

  • whatelseisnew Feb 27, 2014

    Drop the licenses altogether. The test is a joke and 95 percent of people operating motorized vehicles are completely incompetent to be doing it. Really the license is just a way for the State to grab money from everyone.

  • 37 Feb 27, 2014

    Why even have a license? If DMV stopped issuing them, imagine how fast the lines would flow. Licenses need to be more difficult to obtain, not easier. People from other countries are astounded at how easy it is to get a license here compared with their home country.

  • George Herbert Feb 27, 2014
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    It's always funny to me how many people can remember that the left lane is for passing but can't remember that the posted speed limit is the maximum speed you're allowed to go.

  • Milton Bailey Feb 27, 2014
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    I totally agree,people driving to slow or too fast; either is a wreck looking for a place to happen during the am or pm rush. Let ALL licensed drivers prove they can drive and K NOW the driving laws.

  • Mannin Black Feb 27, 2014
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    I'm still confused. What side of the road am I supposed to drive on again? Left? Right? Center? That's right, the sidewalk!

  • common tater Feb 27, 2014

    Some funny comments. It just seems crazy to me to make it even easier to get a license when they should be making it harder. What about all the ever-changing laws we have that other states don't?

  • Obamacare rises again Feb 27, 2014

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    Good Lord, I'm surprised they're not stuffing licenses inside of Cr*cker Jack boxes these days.