Oceanside CA— The California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) is moving into the future with an automated touch screen version of the driver license exam. The TouchScreen test replaces the traditional pencil and paper exam.
The TouchScreen machines are now available in 120 field offices across the state. Additional field offices will be getting the new technology over the next two months.
“The TouchScreen system reduces test time and improves field office wait times, reduces fraud by randomizing the test questions and answers, and provides easier maintenance of test questions currently done manually,” said DMV Director Jean Shiomoto. While using the TouchScreen monitor, customers are guided through the testing process and given immediate feedback if a question is answered incorrectly.
Customers can take the basic driver license (Class C), the Commercial, and the motorcycle driver license test on the TouchScreen terminals. Once the customer completes the test, the screen will show either a pass or fail notification. If an applicant fails the test, they can retake the test the same day. Applicants under the age of 18 must wait one week before retaking the test. The TouchScreen test is currently available in English and Spanish, but it will be available in other languages in the near future.