COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - The South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles is expanding a program that allows driving instructors to give both written and road skills tests to new drivers.
The DMV spokeswoman Beth Parks says the agency expanded the program across the state because a three-month pilot program was successful. Some 35 driving schools in a dozen counties tested more than 1,700 new drivers during that time.
DMV Executive Director Kevin Shwedo says the program allows students to take the tests with their instructors, and it cuts the number of people who must be tested at the DMV office. DMV certifies the instructors.
If the new drivers pass the tests, they get a sealed certificate to present to the DMV office. They must appear in person to get their license.
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