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NC drivers looking for handbook may be out of luck

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CHARLOTTE, NC (AP) -- Some North Carolina residents looking for help in cramming for the state driver's test may be out of luck.

The Charlotte Observer reports that the state Division of Motor Vehicles is running out of copies of the Driver's Handbook. It's online, but at 116 pages, many people feel it's too long to print.

DMV spokeswoman Marge Howell says the whole state is affected, but it's not clear how many offices have run out of copies. The agency expects a new printing by next year.

North Carolina has no plans to follow South Carolina's example in charging for the handbooks, though.

South Carolina was distributing more than 11,000 copies a month until July, when it started charging $5 per handbook. That number has dropped to just over 4,000.

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This has been going on for years...

In moving here in 2008, I wanted a copy, so that I could read it during lunch or when taking a break to see what was different form the laws in the State from where I moved. I walked into the DMV on Carolina Beach Road and was told that they didn't have copies and was given a slip of paper with a phone number to call. I'm one of the few that prefers to read physical copies and highlight anything I feel is important.

My question is that if they charge $5 for a copy of the book, will the cost of a license be lowered? If they charge $5 and distribute 4,000+ copies, they are making $20,000+ per month which is close to a quarter of a million dollars a year. Assuming the actual cost on one of those books could be made for less than a buck, they are still generating close to $144,000 in added revenue. I sure hope the roads see some type of betterment if there is no fee adjustment.

I'll bet if they needed some

I'll bet if they needed some printed in Spanish, the presses would roll 24/7. And, they would all be free of charge.

Why would anyone need to

Why would anyone need to print it? Just sit and read the thing off the screen. It's no that hard.