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DMV drops road sign test for drivers renewing their licenses

The DMV is dropping a required road sign test for drivers renewing their licenses, but drivers applying for their first licenses will still have to take the test.
The DMV is dropping a required road sign test for drivers renewing their licenses, but drivers applying for their first licenses will still have to take the test.

Renewing your driver’s license? You won’t need to take a test on what the colors and shapes of road signs mean.

The N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles announced the change for the road sign test Wednesday as part of Gov. Pat McCrory’s initiative to improve the DMV. Drivers getting a license for the first time will still have to take the test, and a vision test will still be required for drivers renewing their licenses in person at DMV offices.

The change in requirements took effect this month as part of legislation approved earlier this year.

“We hope the change will help to streamline the issuance process and complement our other efforts to reduce wait and service times across the state,” DMV Commissioner Kelly J. Thomas said in a news release.

Drivers renewing their licenses online had already been allowed to skip the road sign test.

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