August 19, 2013
Contact: Melissa Couture

*** Media Advisory***

Secretary of State Announces New Electronic Driver License Testing

Touch-screen testing now available at Bureau of Motor Vehicles locations throughout the state


AUGUSTA – Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap will hold a press conference at the Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) Office at 19 Anthony Avenue in Augusta at 10:00am on Tuesday, August 20, 2013 to introduce an electronic testing system that is now available for Mainers who are completing the “written” portion of their driver’s license exam for both commercial and noncommercial Class C credentials.  Motorcycle exams will also be available in this electronic format soon.

The new touch-screen monitors were made possible by a federal grant intended to enhance the security of the commercial testing process. Not only does this system improve the readability of the exams, it also randomly generates each test, ensuring that no two tests are the same.

In addition to the added security features, the electronic format now makes it possible for the test to be offered in multiple languages.

?I?m very excited about this system,? said Secretary Dunlap.? ?It increases the integrity of the examination process and provides our customers with new technology that is easy to use.?