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State Eliminates Road Sign Test for Driver License Renewal, Initial Test Still Required

Beginning this month, drivers who want to renew their North Carolina license will no longer be required to retake a test on the identification of road signs.  This policy is part of Governor Pat McCrory’s “Driving Change” initiative to increase efficiency and improve customer service at driver license offices.

The N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles will continue to require sign and symbol testing as part of the issuance of an initial North Carolina driver license. Vision testing will be conducted only as part of a required in-person, in-office license renewal.

“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,” said DMV Commissioner Kelly J. Thomas.

The policy change applies to the renewal of regular Class A, B and C driver licenses and is a result of House Bill 959, which was enacted during the 2016 session of the General Assembly.

NCDMV now offers driver license renewals and many other services online. Customers are encouraged to check the official NCDMV website at www.ncdot.gov/dmv and click “Online Services” to see if their driver license needs can be met online.