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SC DMV allows some drivers' schools to offer tests

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The top part of a South Carolina driver's license. (File/FOX Carolina) The top part of a South Carolina driver's license. (File/FOX Carolina)
COLUMBIA, SC (AP/FOX Carolina) -

The South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles is trying out a new system that will allow first-time drivers to take their written and road skill driving tests at 30 commercial driver training schools across the state.

DMV officials said Wednesday the new program started this week in 13 counties. In the Upstate, the program is being offered in Anderson, Greenville, Pickens and Spartanburg Counties.

The program will be evaluated after several months to see if it is working properly.

DMV Executive Director Kevin Shwedo said the schools must use DMV-trained instructors.

"The Third Party Tester Program makes good business and economic sense," Shwedo said. "It creates competition for businesses, one-stop shopping for driver's license applicants and shorter wait times at DMV offices."

The first-time drivers must have a passenger vehicle beginner's permit for six months. If they pass the written test and road skills test at a commercial driving school, they get a certificate to take to the DMV for the driver's license.

A list of schools participating in the pilot program can be found scdmvonline.com.

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