DMV to nearly double its commercial driving test capacity, builds on Governor Newsom's executive order and partnership with USDOT to address supply chain issues
Sacramento – Building on Governor Gavin Newsom’s executive order and the federal partnership to address the global supply chain crisis, the California Department of Motor Vehicles is taking immediate action to address the commercial truck driver shortage and make for products to move quickly between California’s largest ports and major distribution centers.
In an effort to safely and efficiently license more commercial drivers and help address a national shortage of workers in this industry, DMV today announces actions that will nearly double its ability to take commercial driving tests in the coming months.
“With today’s announcement, we will put more truck drivers on the road to get goods where they need to go faster,” Governor Newsom said. “The supply chain crisis is not a California specific problem, but we have taken swift action to ease congestion and increase our ability to move goods quickly.”
The DMV will now offer Saturday commercial driving test appointments at three additional offices: Fullerton, Montebello and Winnetka, increasing the total number of Saturday test sites to 15. The Department began offering an additional day of testing at locations selected earlier this year and is also training more staff to administer exams and redirect examiners to areas of greatest demand to significantly expand capacity.
“There is a real need to increase the number of safe truck drivers in California to transport goods. Our goal is to give everyone who needs to take a test for a commercial driver’s license the opportunity to take their test within 30 days if they meet the requirements, “said DMV Director Steve Gordon.” Depending on location, potential commercial drivers can get an appointment for a test in a week. “
The DMV currently administers approximately 5,000 commercial driving tests each month throughout the state. Once the strategic staffing changes are fully implemented, combined with the expanded Saturday exams, DMV expects to add another 4,700 appointments per month. With the highest demand for testing being in the Los Angeles metropolitan area, DMV’s primary focus for training more staff is in Southern California, with flexibility to respond if appointment availability begins to decline elsewhere. regions.
Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the DMV has taken numerous steps so that commercial drivers can continue to deliver essential products and supplies without having to worry about visiting a DMV office. The DMV has offered commercial driver license extensions and began offering more commercial driving services online, including medical certificate updates, commercial driver license renewals, and motor carrier permit renewals. The DMV also no longer requires drivers with an out-of-state commercial license to take a knowledge or skills test when transferring to a California commercial license with the same class and endorsements. DMV continues to look for ways to improve services and make more appointments available.
The Governor’s executive order also directs the Department of Finance to work with state agencies to develop longer-term solutions that support port operations and the movement of goods for consideration in the Governor’s Budget, which may include improvements to the port and transport infrastructure, electrification of the goods movement system from port to delivery and development of the workforce. The order builds on earlier efforts this year by the Governor’s Office of Economic and Business Development (GO-Biz) to defuse supply chain issues by engaging the diverse network of stakeholders throughout the chain. to discuss key challenges and identify short- and long-term solutions.
California ports processed 211 million cargo containers since 2010, 2.9 times more than any other state. The state processed 31% of US exports and 43% of our imports, meeting the needs of our state and nation’s consumers and keeping our businesses running during the pandemic and beyond.