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Questions about DMV tests, eye exams for renewals loom in New York State

What’s going on with your driver’s license?

If it expired after March 1st New York State has made an exception, or rather, a series of exceptions.

The driver’s test is probably one of the best examples of an archaic, outdated system that could function much better in 2020 if technology were leveraged.

Currently, would be drivers show up to a local DMV branch, take a written test, then take a safety course, before eventually taking a road test. A number of driving hours are required, as well.

But the pandemic has thrown all of that into flux. New York is not conducting driver’s tests, and DMV services are unavailable.

“For the health and safety of the public in the wake of this global emergency, certain DMV services are temporarily unavailable. We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your understanding,” the DMV website reads.

Some are calling for services and tests to be put online to help streamline the process of applying or renewing licenses.

Anyone who requires an eye exam for renewal will have to wait until DMV reopens, or until their doctor’s office reopens to obtain the necessary form to bypass it.

“An eye exam is required for an online license renewal. For motorists who do not want to get an eye test, the State has extended the validity of driver licenses that expired on or after March 1, 2020,” the website reads.

It’s unclear when DMV offices may reopen.



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