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Motor Vehicle to change licensing procedure

PHOENIX — Starting Monday, the state’s Motor Vehicle Division will stop awarding driver’s licenses based solely on an applicant’s certificate of completion from a private driver-training school.

Until now driving school students were able to complete the driver’s training, take the certification to an Arizona Department of Transportation MVD office and possibly get a waiver from having to take a written exam, road test or both.

ADOT said the change was made because people who paid for driving lessons only passed the road test about 50 percent of the time.

Testing results for the road-skills examination indicated a 52 percent pass rate for applicants who presented a certificate versus a pass rate of 65 percent for those applicants who did not present a certificate.

Harold Sanders, a spokesman for ADOT, said the change won’t require additional staffing.