KCRG reports new drivers no longer have to wait out the Coronavirus pandemic to take their permit test in Iowa. "Skip the Trip" is an initiative from the Iowa DOT that will allow parents, guardians and legal custodians to give official Iowa drivers' permit tests at home.

According to KCRG, the initiative began last year. Tests were administered at approved sites, but due to social distancing and for the protection of customers and DOT staff, they've expanded the program to include an at-home option this year.

Parents or guardians with a valid drivers' license must fill out this form, called an "application to proctor knowledge" and submit it to the DOT online. Then, test instructions will be mailed to administer and take the proper test, and upon completion, results will be emailed to the student.

If the student passes, they will still need to visit their local DOT office, by appointment, to obtain their permit.

Motor Vehicle Division Director Melissa Spiegel explained to KCRG:

This will allow kids to experience the excitement of achieving this milestone without having to wait until the COVID-19 emergency passes.

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