Oklahoma Department Of Public Safety Testing Faster License Program

Tuesday, October 26th 2010, 5:42 pm
By: News On 6


TULSA, Oklahoma -- Getting your driver license is about to get a whole lot faster.

The Department of Public Safety is testing a new pilot program aimed at cutting down the time it takes to take a driver skills test.

Right now, the tests are given at three locations around Tulsa on a first come, first serve basis. Often, applicants can wait up to two hours to take the test; some are even turned away and told to come back.

Under the pilot program, which kicked off Monday, all drivers tests for a Class D license, like most of us have, are given at the Eastgate testing facility. You make an appointment and an examiner will come right out to your car when you arrive.

The Department of Public Safety said it's a win for everybody.

"It's a chance for our agency to maximize resources and manpower, all while providing customer service," said Lieutenant George Brown, OK Highway Patrol.

The whole process takes about 25 minutes and examiners get through as many as 160 tests a day at Eastgate, compared to 85 tests done daily at all three sites combined.

The other sites will remain open. 

See a list of testing locations