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More changes at DOL offices

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KENNEWICK, Wash. - More changes are coming at the Department of Licensing. DOL has already handed over the handlebars to private contractors for motorcycle testing. The next phase of implementing House Bill 1635 is driving tests.

Legislators passed the bill last year but the department of licensing just started implementing the new laws last month. 12th District Representative Mike Armstrong co-sponsored the bill. He said driving schools around the state offered a lot of input on the proposal and most of them are all for it.

"They thought they were as well equipped or better equipped than the Department of Licensing since they knew the students firsthand and had taught these students," said Armstrong. "We just thought it was a win win for everybody."

The idea of the bill is to reduce wait times at DOL offices. While motorcycle testing is already off the menu across the state, the driving tests will be available most places until early next year.

They'll implement the no driving tests in King County only starting in November. Armstrong said they have the longest wait time, averaging more than two hours.