Modeling the best practices of other states and industry leaders, the Virginia DMV will implement a new method for passenger vehicle road skills testing that ensures new drivers demonstrate safe driving skills while incorporating social distancing for the health and wellbeing of customers and employees.
The DMV will also resume motorcycle skills testing according to the best practices for social distancing. Additionally, the agency announced this morning the reopening of three more DMV customer service centers, including Danville, for specific services by appointment only.
“Safety is key in a road skills test," said DMV Commissioner Richard D. Holcomb, the Governor’s Highway Safety Representative. "We will continue to ensure applicants can safely operate a motor vehicle before giving them the green light to drive solo on Virginia roadways. However, during this public health emergency, we also have to take into consideration customer and employee health and wellbeing."
"Maryland and Pennsylvania have had great success with this new model of passenger vehicle road skills testing in which a test examiner communicates with the customer from outside of the vehicle on a closed controlled course," Holcomb continued. "At the Virginia DMV, we have reiterated that we look forward to resuming road tests just as soon as we are safely able to do so. This new procedure enables us to do that, and I know our customers will be pleased with both the availability of the service and the integrity of the test.”
Road skills testing at DMV is available to Virginia residents age 18 and older. If you are under 18, the road skills test will be given as part of the Virginia driver education course taken at a public, private or commercial driving school.
To get started, a customer must first schedule an appointment for a passenger vehicle or motorcycle skills test at dmvNOW.com/appt.
The South Boston, Harrisonburg, Christiansburg and Martinsville locations will be available for appointments starting July 9.
For everyone’s safety, DMV test examiners will wear appropriate personal protective equipment, and will always maintain an appropriate social distance from the applicant. During the test, the customer will operate the vehicle at the direction of the test examiner who will communicate from outside the vehicle via an open window. The examiner will instruct the customer to demonstrate control of the vehicle and complete required maneuvers on the course, such as showing that the customer can work the wipers and horn, can safely back up the vehicle, can park the vehicle and can safely operate the vehicle.
The Danville customer service center will reopen on Monday, July 6 for specific services by appointment only.
Reopened DMV offices are providing specific services that generally require an in-person visit. These transactions include original driver’s licenses and identification cards, original titles, original vehicle registrations, disabled parking permits and vital records.
If a transaction can be conducted by another method, such as online or by mail, customers should use that method.
For a complete list of appointment services currently available visit dmvNOW.com/appt.
The DMV is reopening offices across the Commonwealth as it is able to put appropriate precautions in place. The phased reopening plan balances DMV's service mission with the need to protect the health and wellbeing of customers and employees by enacting social distancing protocols and other best practices recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Virginia Department of Health.
In an effort to combat the spread of COVID-19, per Executive Order Sixty-Three, the Commonwealth of Virginia will require Virginians to wear face coverings in public indoor settings.