The state Senate has approved a bill to allow the Department of Licensing to contract out driver exams to private driving schools and local school districts.
The measure was proposed to cut wait times at DOL offices, where the administration of licensing exams is staffers’ most time-consuming function.
Driving schools would be able to set their own price for licensing exams. The DOL still would issue licenses and would be authorized to randomly re-test drivers to hold the process accountable to department standards.
The bill returns to the House for approval of amendments.