Regarding “Getting wheel: Driver's exam woes in need of solutions” (Our Views, July 24): Tag agencies in Oklahoma know firsthand of the frustrations of Oklahoma citizens because of the time required at Oklahoma driver's exam stations. After passing the exam, the next stop is to go to one of the more than 300 Oklahoma tag agencies to obtain the driver's license. Daily, we hear complaints about the time involved at the driver's exam station. We also hear about the Department of Public Safety's lack of funding to address service in a timely manner for these customers. It's not their choice to inconvenience people obtaining a driver's license.
As private business contractors, tag agents around the state have stepped up and let the DPS and the Oklahoma Tax Commission know we're always open to deliver additional services to Oklahoma citizens. The possibility of administering written exams in order to help relieve the backlog of people waiting at exam stations was offered for consideration. Logistics, auditing, security of testing and available space must be addressed for this to happen.
Oklahoma's tag agents are located in all 77 counties. We're willing to explore new opportunities to help the governor and the Legislature deliver services to the citizens of this state in their own hometown in a more effective and efficient manner.
Jim Kitch, Yukon
Kitch is president of TO-TAG (The Oklahoma Tag Agent Group).