Monroe County Clerk Cheryl Dinolfo and representatives of area high schools are touting a new program that allows students to take their Driving Learner Permit test at their own high school. The program will make the testing process less stressful for students and quicker on both new drivers and their parents when they go to the DMV to apply for a license.
"This partnership will help parents and students alike as they complete the rite of passage of obtaining a learner permit and, eventually, a driver license," said Dinolfo. "I'm excited to work with our local schools to provide this service and am eager to partner with other districts to expand it throughout our county."
Students will take the driver's license knowledge test online proctored by a school employee. Upon passing the exam, students will bring their bar-coded test results, along with a parent or guardian, to a DMV Office to complete the application process. The student will have their identity verified, pictures taken and fee collected by DMV staff and then issued a learner permit. The requirements to obtain a learner permit or driver license have not changed.
"My son, Russell, recently took and passed his exam here at Irondequoit High School and many of his fellow students are doing the same. This is great example of different levels of government working together to make things easier for our constituents. I want to thank and congratulate all of the school administrators that are currently offering this service. I'm looking forward to working with all our school districts to expand the program," said Dinolfo.
Currently, the following area high schools in Monroe County offer the service or are planning to do so: Aquinas Institute of Rochester, Cornerstone Christian Academy, Eastridge High School, Gates-Chili High School, Hilton High School, Honeoye Falls-Lima High School, Irondequoit High School, Nazareth Academy, North Star Christian Academy, School Without Walls and Webster Thomas High School.