Ohio BMV resumes in-car driving tests

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CLEVELAND (WJW)– The Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles resumed its in-car driving tests on Tuesday.

The BMV will use the standard test model from before COVID-19. State Registrar for Motor Vehicles Charlie Norman said going back to in-car testing helps the BMV expand its services. 

“Under the modified system, we had to create a closed course in our parking facilities essentially. Not all of our offices could accommodate that. They didn’t have the space,” Norman said. He said they conducted about 500,000 of the modified tests.

There is a mask requirement and the option to use other safety precautions. 

“Examiners can use for instance plastic covers on the seats. There’s hand sanitizer, you know, health screenings, things like that” Norman said.

In-car exams came to a halt in March 2020 during the early stages of the pandemic. BMV locations reopened in June, but without the traditional in-car test because of COVID-19 protocols.

Norman said the easiest way to schedule your driving exam is by going to their website.

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