The Nebraska Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) announced today that Driver Safety Schools can now submit notification of student course completion directly to the DMV through a new online service. Currently more than 60 percent of Nebraska’s teen drivers elect to take a driver safety course. Driver safety instructors administer the skills test to students, which waives the requirement to take the written and skills tests with DMV driver license examiners in order to obtain a school permit, provisional operator permit, and driver license.
The new online service replaces a paper-intensive process in which the instructor provided a paper form to the student and the student presented to a driver license examiner when applying for a permit or license. The paper forms were then mailed to the central DMV office in Lincoln, manually entered into a database, then scanned and stored for archival purposes. Driver Safety Schools were required to retain a copy of the waiver in their files.
“As you can imagine, adding this service to our suite of online services will benefit a lot of people,” said Beverly Neth, Director of the Department of Motor Vehicles.“Our focus continues to be creating efficiencies in processes and cutting costs.I am tremendously proud of the team that worked on this project and our partnership with Nebraska.gov.”
The new online service offered at http://ClickDMV.ne.gov creates efficiencies for schools, as well as DMV personnel. Now the student waiver information is entered once online and is accessible by DMV personnel. Approximately 10,000 student drivers go through Driver Safety Education courses annually. The new online process will save the DMV hundreds of hours annually, reduce data entry errors, simplify the annual auditing process, and eliminate the expense to print, mail, and store paper forms. In addition, the new online service helped the DMV towards its goal of reducing the number of individuals visiting DMV offices and allowed the DMV to expand its online services to include an online Teen Driver License Service application.
The new online service was provided to Driver Safety Schools at no cost. Training was provided to the schools administrators before launch to introduce the new online application.
“This new system should simplify the process for Driver Safety Schools, student drivers, and the DMV by quickly qualifying students for the next licensing phase with the DMV and eliminating the need to produce paper documents that are often misplaced and need to be reproduced,” said Rhonda Taft, Director of Continuing Education at Southeast Community College in Lincoln.
The DMV has more than 20 online services on ClickDMV.ne.gov and plans to add more online services to improve efficiencies and user experience.