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Bulletin re: Driver Skills Test

Date:​May 20, 2022

Bulletin:​Driving School Owners, Operators, Instructors, and General Staff

From:​Business Licensing and Compliance Division

RE:​Press Release Regarding Driver License Skills Testing

A press release is being issued by MDOT MVA regarding the licensing skills test and a return to normalcy. We wanted to make this informationavailable to the industry as quickly as possible in our ongoing effort to keep you informed. Below is a bulleted list of the key points in that release.

• As of Monday, June 6, 2022, the road test portion of non-commercial driver’s skills tests will resume with a driver’s licensing agent inside the vehicle. • In response to COVID-19, MDOT MVA modified the driver’s skills test in June 2020 to ensure socialdistancing in the interest of health and safety. Tests were conducted on a closed course with the licensing agent providing instruction outside the vehicle. • Effective June 6, MDOT MVA is returning to the pre-COVID driver skills tests, with applicants completing both a closed course portion to test basic control of the vehicle, during which the driver’s licensing agent will be outside the vehicle; and the on-road portion to further evaluate driving skills, with the agent in the vehicle. MDOT MVA is providing advance notice of the change to ensure applicants are prepared for the test. • While MDOT MVA customers and staff are not required to wear masks inside testing vehicles, at branch offices or VEIP stations statewide, face coverings are strongly recommended for individuals who have not been vaccinated. Customers and employees who have been vaccinated may wear a mask during driver’s skills testing if preferred. • During the on-road portion of the test, the driver’s licensing agent and customer will be encouraged to improve the ventilation in the vehicle if possible — for example, by opening the windows or setting the air ventilation/air conditioning on non-recirculation mode. Additionally, if customers are not feeling well, they are encouraged to reschedule their appointment.

As always, please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions you may have.

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