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Wait for driver's test as long as 2 months in some places

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NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

In some places in Middle Tennessee, the wait to take a driver's license test is more than two months.

Nearly a year ago, Channel 4 reported on the surprisingly long waits for the road skill tests. Almost a year later, the waits are still as bad.

The good news is that Davidson County has solved the problem. Last year, the wait time in Davidson County was three months, but now with the new phone system, it's only two weeks.

The phone system, however, is not available in very many places. Leave Davidson County, and you've got to book online.

In Rutherford County, there isn't much available until Oct. 14. In Williamson County, it's Sept. 22, and in Sumner County, it's Sept. 30.

The online wait is an average of six to 10 weeks just to get a test.

"With the phone service, we have actual administrators that are actually vetting the applicant prior to them scheduling a road test appointment. If you schedule it online, currently, there is no way to vet to see if you're even eligible for a road test appointment. So, what generally happens is that we have a backlog of individuals who are either double-booked or they're not eligible," said Mike Hogan with Tennessee Driver Services.

They can't do the phone service everywhere, but officials are hoping to develop an online system that will also vet people and get wait times down to one month.

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