Reopening Ohio: Here is what your driver’s exam will be like at the BMV

Reopening Ohio: What to expect with changes to BMV sites and license testing

XENIA — Driver’s license testing looks a lot different now that BMV test sites have started to reopen.

“It’s a completely new test so I have no idea what to expect,” said Abigail Tucker, who is one of the 120,000 people in Ohio who has had to wait to take her license exam.

Tucker’s mom will be the only person in the car with her during the test. The examiner will be outside giving instructions on what she needs to do to get her license.

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It starts with the driver showing the examiner they know where the headlights, turn signals, hazard lights, and windshield wipers are. Then it goes into the driving portion where the person taking the test will stop at a stop sign, yield at a yield sign, park, and maneuver through several cones set up on a closed course.

State Registrar Charlie Norman said the test is not only new for drivers, but for examiners too.

“We have to modify physically all of our driver exam stations and train over 200 driver examiners in the new protocols and creating the test and scoring system from scratch,” Norman said.

In order to take the test, you need to first make an appointment. Those who had tests scheduled before the shutdown will be prioritized.

Drivers will also need to bring their temporary license, information to get their license if they pass, and a licensed driver that stays in the car with them.

Right now, only the Huber Heights and Xenia testing locations are open in the Miami Valley.

“We’re working with the landlords to get parking lots changed so each individual facility has a unique challenge,” Norman added. They are working to open more testing sites in the coming days.