D.C. DMV canceling road test appointments

WASHINGTON (WJLA) -{ } Hundreds of Washington residents who have driving test appointments with the District's DMV are being told that their exams are being rescheduled due to staffing shortages.

Officials with D.C.'s Department of Motor Vehicles say that it will be canceling most road tests scheduled between Sept. 24 and Oct. 11 due to a lack of resources.

"I just graduated from college and I got my dream job, so I figured why not get my dream car and now the hold up is I can't get my license," says Ariel Grant, 23.

Grant has had her learner's permit and thought scheduling a driving road test would be easy, but it wasn’t.

“Three months, from August to November,” she says. “It’s crazy.”

Some people were able to take road tests Wednesday.

“It took me five or six months to finally get a test, but I’m happy I finally passed,” says Avy Vaughan.

Approximately 800 customers will be notified via mail or email, and they are advised to check D.C. DMV's website for further updates.

Lucinda Babers, the director of the city's DMV, says that the agency is working to hire three full-time road test examiners as quickly as possible.

"We ask for customers to be patient as we are working diligently to obtain additional staffing resources," Babers said in a statement.

Babers also cites an exploding population.

“Between 1,000 and 1,100 new residents are coming every month,” she says.

As for Grant, she has to have a licensed driver in the car with her and if she leaves the city, somebody else has to drive her car, at least until November.

“I was shocked. I really was, I was flabbergasted. I didn’t think that the backlog would be three months from August to November. It’s crazy.”