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DMV Emergency and Temporary Rule

​​​​​​​​​Driver​ License Issuance (19A NCAC 03B Section .0200)​

Explanation of/Reason for Emergency and Temporary Rule


19A NCAC 03B .0201(A) (4) ROAD TEST as currently written, requires the Driver License Examiner and the applicant to ride in the applicant’s vehicle together to perform the road test and rate the required maneuvers. Conducting a road test requires driver license examiners to be in close proximity with the driver in a confined vehicle cabin where social distancing is not possible, exposing the examiner to potentially health compromising or life-threatening positions. 

To promote social distancing and hygiene during the COVID-19 pandemic and ensure driver license employees and customer safety, House Bill 158 was ratified on June 19, 2020, ​temporarily waiving the road test requirement for Level 2 limited provisional licenses for young drivers under the age of 18. ​​The division consulted with the Department of Health and Human Services and determined that road tests should not be reinitiated until Governor Cooper institutes Phase III of his reopening plan.

The N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles is seeking to waive road tests for a select group of adult drivers where training and/or safe driving records have been established. These drivers are either new drivers who need a license for livelihood or household purposes and have some indicia of driving proficiency satisfactory to the DMV.  Drivers will still be required to pass a knowledge test, sign test and visual examination.  

Text of Emergency Rule​​

Section .0200, Driver License Issuance​​​

Emergency Rule-Making Findings of Need

Text of Temporary Rule​​

Section .0200, Driver License Issuance
Proposed Temporary Rule for Publishing on the OAH Website Form 0700

Public Hearing

In an abundance of caution to address protective measures to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, the N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles is providing notice of a public hearing on the proposed temporary rule 19A NCAC 03B .0201. Instead of an in-person meeting, the public hearing will be held through GoTo Meeting and teleconference. 

Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020. 10 a.m.

Please join the meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone. 

You can also dial in using your phone. 
United States: 1-646-749-3122
Access Code: 744-722-501

​New to GoToMeeting? Get the app now and be ready when your first meeting starts: https://global.gotomeeting.com/install/744722501​

Public Comment

NCDMV will receive public comments from July 23, 2020, to Aug. 14, 2020. Please submit public comments to: Rulemaking@ncdot.gov

Not applicable to the Emergency and Temporary Rule:
Federal Certification
Fiscal Note/Economic Analysis



7/14/2020 4:44 PM