Getting a driver’s license is a rite of passage for many teenagers. To prepare for the on-road test, most student drivers are required to complete a driver’s education course and practice on-road skills with a licensed instructor. But with the Covid-19 pandemic, some in-person driver’s education programs and on-road tests have been put on hold.
Covid-19 has changed the process for completing a driver’s education program and obtaining a driver’s license at the DMV. With social distancing regulations and business shutdowns, teen drivers and their parents are now learning how to navigate the new system. Fortunately, state governments and driver’s ed businesses are finding ways for drivers to get their license safely.
How Covid-19 is impacting driver’s licenses and new driver education:
In a traditional driver’s education program, the student and the instructor sit in the vehicle together for several hours, but that is no longer happening in many cases. As an alternative, some driving schools are now offering virtual programs to limit physical contact.
Drivers should also be aware that most state DMVs have Covid-19 restrictions. The new rules vary by location, but in most states, drivers must make an appointment for their on-road test. Certain states are using modified on-road tests, and in some places, the behind-the-wheel test is no longer required during the pandemic.
The new changes are designed to keep everyone safe. However, these disruptions are causing financial strain for new drivers and driver’s ed businesses. Teens are eager to get their driver’s license, and driving schools are hoping to bring in revenue. Drivers should expect temporary changes to remain in place until the Covid-19 vaccine is widely distributed.
What is the protocol for getting a license and driver’s education in my state?
Every state is following a different process for issuing driver’s licenses during the Covid-19 pandemic.
To see the current driver’s license protocols in all 50 states continue to bankrate.com.
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