SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - The California Department of Motor Vehicles resumed behind-the-wheel driving tests this week.
That was a relief for Lauren Dyruff. The Santa Barbara High School student was set to take her test when the the state went back into lockdown mode due to a statewide surge in COVID-19 cases over the holidays.
She said the DMV rescheduled her appointment.
On Tuesday, her dad waited out front while she took the test and soon learned she had passed.
"I was pretty nervous at first and then, when I actually started taking it, I was less nervous and it ended up well because I passed," said Dyruff.
For the health and safety of everyone, people with appointments must have their temperatures taken and wait on designated spots six feet apart. They must also wear masks.
Drivers must wear masks during the driving test and have their car windows cracked to increase air circulation.
DMV spokesperson Anita Gore said, "The DMV has resume behind the wheel tests we had cancelled them previously due to COVID related issues we are excited now that people who are anxious to get their driver's license can come in and take the test those whose tests were cancelled have been automatically rescheduled and they should have received a text or email with the new date and time, if that doesn't quite work for them they can go to the website and reschedule from there."
The staff expects to start scheduling new appointments in mid-February.
The DMV also extended eligible permits for six months from the date of expiration.
A mom carrying a newborn was able to register a car's bill of sale before the office closed on Tuesday, but in general, the DMV requires people to have an appointment made in advance online.
Many transactions have been expanded. People can renew their driver’s license online – even if the old notice says an office visit is required.
There is also a Service Advisor on the DMV website to help.
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