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Hate The DMV Wait? This Online Test Option May Be For You

Cars are parked outside a brick building with a sign reading: State of California DMV
The DMV is now offering online tests, which should shorten wait times.
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Everybody hates waiting in line at the DMV.

Now there's one less reason to hurry up and wait. You can now take the written portion of the California drivers license tests online. That's for both first time and renewing drivers.

You can answer the classic driving knowledge questions as you normally would, in any one of 35 languages.

If you're renewing, you also have the option of taking a 45 minute, interactive version of the test called the eLearning course, which the DMV says can be a good option if you have trouble taking traditional tests. Currently the eLearning course is only offered in English.

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If you don't pass after two attempts online, you do have to take your subsequent tests in person.

And, yes, you will have to actually go to a DMV office to file documents, get fingerprinted, and have your photo taken.

Still, DMV officials, who announced the changes last week, promise taking the online test will save you time in line.

In recent years, the state Department of Motor Vehicles has been scrutinized for extreme wait times and slow processing.

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