Behind-the-wheel driving tests in the state have been suspended for at least two weeks starting Monday, Dec. 14, amid a spike in coronavirus cases, the California Department of Motor Vehicles said.

The temporary suspension comes about one week after regional stay-at-home orders were issued for most of the state, including in Southern California.

“Behind-the-wheel drive tests require two people to share space in one vehicle,” DMV Director Steve Gordon said in a statement. “And while we have made numerous changes to safeguard the testing process, the current surge in COVID-19 cases presents increased risk to both parties.”

Field offices will stay open for other services, although customers were asked to try and accomplish their needs online at the agency’s website.

The DMV resumed driving tests in June, after they were suspended for three months because of the pandemic. Precautions such as masks and temperature checks were required.

Appointments for those who had driving tests scheduled for the two weeks will be canceled. The DMV said those appointments will be automatically rescheduled.

Motorcycle drive tests are the only exception to the suspension, because those are done with social distancing, the DMV said. The suspension applies to all other applicants, including commercial tests.

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By Kelley Wheeler

Kelley Wheeler is a Metro reporter covering political issues and general assignments. A second-generation journalist, worked with all major news outlet, she holds a vast expeirience. Kelley is a graduate of USC with degrees in journalism and English literature. She is a recipient of Yale’s Poynter Fellowship in Journalism.

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