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ALEA Drivers License Divisions Continue Road Skills Tests

Published: Jul. 1, 2020 at 5:23 PM CDT
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DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) -

The coronavirus has caused a roadblock for new drivers wanting to get their licenses. ALEA’s Driver License Divisions across the state had been closed for months due to the pandemic. But operations are continuing the process of beginning once again.

This week, Class D Road and Skills tests are also back on track. The services resumed on Tuesday.

“We had a significant back log of those and our staff has done a wonderful job of getting the Class D Road Test Program started up. We’ve done over 5500 road tests in the state,” Captain Jonathan Archer of ALEA’s Driver License Division said.

As of this week, 69 of the state’s 73 locations are back open to the public. If you’re a new driver needing to take a road test, there are some changes implemented.

“We tell new drivers and parents the process is that the driver will need to be wearing facial coverings, that the vehicle need to be clean so that when our employees get in, everyone’s safe,” Archer said.

For customers needing to renew licenses or use any other service, they’ll find a little bit of a wait.

“(All of our offices are) all using a curbside service that I think people will be familiar with, where you come up. They’re going to take your name and phone number. You’re going to wait in your car. They’re going to call you in for service,” Archer said.

While appointments are not required, making one could make for a smoother ride.

“But even if you don’t have an appointment, you’re welcome to come in, get your name on the list and we will do everything in our power to get your service on the same day,” Archer said.

If you don’t want to wait to renew your license, you can it online. You can also schedule an appointment at ALEA.gov and click the “Online Services” tab.

Archer wants to remind you that if the office in your county is not open, you can go to another office- even if its located in another county.

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