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Oklahoma motorists may see relief to long lines at exam sites

The Oklahoma Department of Public Safety is trying a pilot program that allows motorists to go online to schedule appointments with a driver's license examiner, eliminating the need to wait in line.
by Graham Lee Brewer Modified: October 10, 2013 at 10:12 pm •  Published: October 11, 2013
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Oklahomans fed up with long lines and lengthy wait times at the Department of Public Safety driver testing sites soon may have a quicker option when applying for a new driver's license.

This week, three locations became the pilot sites for a new program that allows residents to schedule appointments with an examiner by using their computer or smartphone.

Locations at 728 E Interstate 240 Service Road in Oklahoma City, 28 E Main St. in Edmond and 14002 E 21st St. in Tulsa already are running the InLine OnLine web application.

“They'll actually be able to use their devices, smartphones, tablets or whatever, and they can actually see what a wait time is if they make an appointment or if they decide to go in and walk in and hope to get seen,” said Jeff Hankins, director of drivers license services.

Residents also can use the online system to make appointments for things like license renewal and out-of-state transfers at three other locations — 430 N Berry Road in Norman, 3190 W 21st St. S in Tulsa and 1635 S Main St. in Broken Arrow.

Officials plan to pilot the full program at the Oklahoma City, Edmond and east Tulsa locations for up to next year.

“If we can get this thing piloted and working well, we would like to get this thing expanded throughout the state within the year,” Assistant Commissioner Ricky Adams said.

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by Graham Lee Brewer
General Assignment/Breaking News Reporter
Graham Lee Brewer began his career as a journalist covering Oklahoma's vibrant music scene in 2006. After working as a public radio reporter for KGOU and then Oklahoma Watch, where he covered areas such as immigration and drug addiction, he went...
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