Long waits to take driver's license test


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Reported by: Sharon Phillips
Updated: 5/13/2013 7:00 pm Published: 5/13/2013 3:54 pm



Governor Mary Fallin just signed Senate bill 652 into law late Monday. This will put millions of dollars back into the system by increasing the cost of getting or renewing your driver's license.

Right now, drivers are experiencing frustration over long wait times to get a  license.

Now, FOX23's Sharon Phillips found the Department of Public Safety is doing something about it.

Angelou Lee was at the Department of Public Safety for almost an hour, hoping to take her driver's test.

"For people like me who've been here many times, and have tried the driving test several times times, it's really frustrating," Lee told FOX23.

Right now, people in Oklahoma who hope to get or renew their driver's licenses are being forced to wait, sometimes hours.

"There was a time when I was here and I waited so long, for like two hours, and then when my time came came, they told me that the driving test for the day is over," said Lee.

She is not alone. In the waiting area FOX23 found close to 20 people waiting for their number to be called. One woman even grabbed a nap in the process.

William Mitchell said he'd been there for almost two hours.

"It's really frustrating, especially when I had to take off work to do this," Mitchell said.

FOX23 discovered the Department of Public Safety forked over $12,000 on overtime for workers during Thanksgiving and spring break, just to get the tests completed. We found 889 drivers took their test on spring break alone.

Lee's name is finally called around 10:45 in the morning , but once again she went home disappointed.

"I went in after they called my number and they said that I cannot take my exam as of the moment, and I have to wait until 5:40 because that's their first available," she told us.

You can schedule your written test online. Since that process began there have been 7,000 people who have scheduled online appointments. You cannot schedule your driver's test online.


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bowlerdave - 5/13/2013 4:11 PM
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Excuse me, but didn't you just double the cost to get a license to stop this from being a problem? You better get it fixed tomorrow or drop the cost of renewing a license back to where it was.
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