NC House OKs bill that would make renewing driver’s licenses easier

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Submitted: Thu, 06/26/2014 - 11:26am
Updated: Thu, 06/26/2014 - 11:45am

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — The North Carolina House has passed legislation that would allow drivers to renew their licenses without standing in line at the Division of Motor Vehicles.

The bill passed Wednesday would allow people to renew their driver’s licenses online, by mail or by telephone, and would waive the requirement that they take a new picture or pass an exam at the DMV.

A license renewed remotely would expire four years after it is issued. To renew remotely, the person would need a valid drivers’ license issued after they turned 18, and had the previous renewal occur in person.

Lawmakers said the bill will help the DMV handle a surge in license renewals that’s predicted for the next two years, and makes the process easier and more convenient for residents.

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  • Bogeyjoe says:

    I just renewed mine last week. Had an appointment, arrived 10 minutes early and was seen within 5 minutes.
    Great experience. Friendly employees. I was in and out within 10 minutes. I don’t see a need for them changing anything, IMHO.

  • guest45 says:

    You reallly want to help people out, just renew them from now on unless they have been suspended, any test could be taken from home on a computer, and while you are at it, do away with the annual vehicle inspections, there have been studies that show that vehicle inspections do nothing to effect highway safety, a big reason why a lot of states no longer require them, just another money grab.

  • Rusty says:

    Nice idea but needs some tuning. Maybe those aged 25-50 can do so; the rest of us (including me) should need new pictures, testing at older ages to make sure they are still safe to be on the roadways. My last DL picture was almost 8 Years ago, add another 4 and I’m surely not looking like I did at 44! If we add some years and I’d been 74 at that time I’d now be 86 before I had to set foot in DMV and (possibly) take a driving test again.

  • Guest Reply Redux says:

    1. Leroy Clootz, at 64 years of age, sits down in front of his computer to get his drivers license online in North Carolina. A new and improved “Quick Fix” program.
    2. Leroy has trouble seeing close up objects (Leroy is far sighted).
    3. Questions for DMV:
    A.) Is there an eye exam online? (Like typing in a code word WWAY ask you to do to make comments here on the Forums for example…or better yet…can Leroy even read Road Signs and know what they mean?)
    B.) If so, who’s to say Leroy doesn’t pull *wife* Gladys (Mrs. Clootz) in front of the computer monitor and ask…”What’s that say Gladys?” (You see…Leroy could see fine 4 years ago, but that driver’s license photo doesn’t show him wearing glasses…so that’s his Escape Goat).
    C.) Gladys can see just fine (20/20 vision).
    D.) Gladys answers Leroy’s question with all correct answers. Well…it seems Gladys passed the eye exam, and she just saw to it that Leroy did too! Oh Goodie! :-)
    E.) Leroy coughs up his driver’s license fee with his credit or debit card online to pay the DMV…Oh Goodie…HE IS GOOD TO GO!!
    F.) Leroy can’t see worth a crapazoid…but…Leroy gets his license mailed to him so he doesn’t have to take the time and have a real individual test his eyes for accuracy.

    (In all fairness to the fella’s out there…it could have been the other way around where Gladys couldn’t see worth a crapazoid)
    The moral of this story is…If you have trouble seeing…eat Seefood!

    The End

  • Leslie says:

    Wonderful idea. Most other states are doing this.

  • Longterm Care Nurse says:

    why even bother to have a license if this is all you have to do.

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