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Department to add motorcycle testing time

Monday, July 23, 2012

The Plymouth County Driver's License Department will offer a second motorcycle testing time starting Aug. 1.

The new time will be at 9 a.m. Thursdays, in addition to the existing 3 p.m. Wednesday schedule.

An increase in motorcycle licensing led to adding a second testing opportunity for the public, according to Linda Dobson, county treasurer in charge of driver's licensing.

The ability to add another motorcycle testing time occurred after the county determined it would no longer be able to issue new, first time commercial driver's licenses (CDLs) as of Aug. 1, Dobson said in a press release.

Because the county cannot comply with new federal regulations requiring a CDL skills testing area of 130 feet by 240 feet, it can no longer do the drive/skills portion of the test.

However, drivers can still do the written portion of the CDL test in Plymouth County, Dobson said.

"Also those with an existing CDL license will still be able to renew their currently-held Iowa CDL in Plymouth County," she said.

With the loss of CDL licensing, the county will also be able to provide more car drive tests, not having to refer county drivers to other stations for testing, Dobson said.

"This will provide the additional time to serve more of our county residents through increased services of motorcycle testing and car drives," Dobson said.

The driver's license department is open Wednesdays and Thursdays in the new annex building on the southeast corner of the Plymouth County Courthouse block, in Le Mars.

The courthouse is at 215 Fourth Ave. S.E.

People can call the driver's license station at 546-1663 to schedule a motorcycle or car drive test.

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I don't know what it takes to perform the physical driving test for a CDL license,I imagine it would be kinda tuff... Passing the driving test for a motor vehical( car & or pick-up) is pretty easy... The driving test for a motocycle license is kinda tuff. If it's all possible, practice on the motorcycle range before you take the physical driving test, especially if you are not real experience driving a motorcycle, I suggest to practice.

Before I took my drivers test, there was this young lady taking hers before me, she nearly passed it until her and the bike went falling over. She damaged her harley pretty bad, I think she said she had purchased it new just days ago....

-- Posted by fadersharley on Tue, Jul 24, 2012, at 6:35 PM

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