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Raleigh woman says DMV worker 'blesses' her with no-test license

Posted March 31
Updated April 1

— The state Division of Motor Vehicles is investigating a driver's license examiner after a Raleigh woman said she was handed a license that she didn't actually earn.

Kenyetta Redmond, 19, said she went to the DMV office on Spring Forest Road in north Raleigh on Thursday morning to take the driving test for her first license, but the examiner handed her the license and walked off without ever giving her a test.

"She was like, 'I’m going to bless you today,'" Redmond said Friday. "In my head, I’m like, what does she mean by bless?"

The worker handed her some paperwork, printed out her license and gave it to her, Redmond said.

"She was like, 'Don’t tell nobody,' because she could lose her job," Redmond said.

She then escorted Redmond out of the office, clipboard in hand, but instead of getting into the car with her for the driving test, she told Redmond to have a nice day as she went to get a soda.

"When I got home (and) sat down, it was like, did all of this actually just happen?" she said.

Redmond told her mother about the incident, and they returned to the DMV office together to report it.

"To me, I was like, maybe it's God sending a message to test me and see if I'm going to do the right thing. I don't know," she said.

DMV spokesman John Brockwell said the agency is investigating, but he declined to say whether the unidentified worker was still on the job.

"There's no telling how many people she did it with," Redmond said. "I think we did the right thing to put a stop to it, hopefully."

She went to a different DMV office on Friday to take her test to earn her license.

"We just want it done the proper way," she said. "Not saying that I took it out the easy way."


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  • Henry Cooper Apr 2, 2017
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    Tag offices have contractors. DMV examiners are gov. employees. McCrory tried to help the long waits but that is just to much bureaucracy to deal with no matter your party. The DMV/DOT is so big one hand has no idea what the other is doing.


  • Paul Shields Apr 2, 2017
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    back when the license and tag offices were all dmv employees things were consistent in each in every office. now what goes in one of our 100 counties is different from another one. the person that did this is not a dmv employee it was a sub contractor. I think the only real dmv employees are at new bern ave if i am not mistaken.

  • Mary Meadows Apr 1, 2017
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    Lilbeaver - I'm curious - do you know the individual in question? You seem very concerned that she lost her job. Hey , I am sympathetic to the fact that that she lost her job. That part didn't go over my head. But it also struck me that she was apparently not in the right job to begin with because this is so clearly wrong that for her to either not know it or not care is a huge red flag. When she told the young woman not to say anything because she would lose her job she knew darn well she was wrong as well as the associated risk. I do hope she finds employment in a area that she is appropriately suited for.

  • Lilbevr Simmons Apr 1, 2017
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    Are we all not even concerned that someone may or might have lost their job? It would have been just as easy to go back to the same lady and voice her opinion or concerns about what happened. Please tell me how did WRAL find this story? Who called or tipped them off in less than 24hrs after the incident occurred. Enjoy your 10 minutes of fame.

  • Brian Jarman Apr 1, 2017
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    I agree completely, very well said.

  • James Harrison Apr 1, 2017
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    She seems like the type to find $100 absent of any ID or anyone in the vicinity and turn it into police.

    She seems like the type to be in a long grocery line, and they open another register but nobody else notices, and she alerts all the people in front of her "they just opened that register, you all are in front of me"

    She seems like the type of person to pay for an oil change and new tires, and somehow only get billed for the oil change, then return to walmart to alert them that she needs to be charged more for their mistake..

  • Betsy Sparks Apr 1, 2017
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    It was a blessing to give a young driver a license without a test? Would it be considered a blessing if she were an incompetent driver who killed herself or other people through poor driving? Would you go to a doctor who was blessed with a medical degree instead of earning it? There is a difference between a blessing and a lapse of judgment. I pray that the former DMV employee learns how to give a true blessing instead of sending out a young driver so she can take a soda break.

  • Mary Meadows Apr 1, 2017
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    It posed a moral and ethical question to her. She stated she felt she was being tested to see if she would choose between right and wrong. She is at the beginning of her adult like with many many more important choices ahead. She chose the right direction. I would like to think mom had something (and Dad) to do with that.

  • Sam Walker Apr 1, 2017
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    What blessing? The young woman was ready to take the test. This lazy, incompetent DMV worker deserves no job. We do not know how many people received licenses they did not deserve. Maybe you are ok having you or your family killed by an untested driver, some of us are not.

  • Rita Krafft Apr 1, 2017
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    How can it make anyone feel good to cause them to lose their job...and reverse the blessing ..Right or wrrong ..somethings should be left unsaid....