COVID-19 UPDATES

Update 6/9/2020

EXAM STATION UPDATE:

COLUMBUS -The Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) announced today that driver examination station skills testing will resume June 12 at the following locations, by appointment only:

8210 County Rd. 140, Suite C, Findlay, Ohio 45840 (Hancock County)
22133 Rockside Road, Bedford, Ohio 44146 (Cuyahoga County)
990 Morse Road, Suite B, Columbus, Ohio 43229 (Franklin County)
873 East Main Street, Newark, Ohio 43055 (Licking County)
502 McCarty Lane, Suite 3, Jackson, Ohio 45640 (Jackson County)
10940 Hamilton Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45231 (Hamilton County)

All remaining driver examination station skills testing will resume on June 16 by appointment. Appointments can be made online.

Class D skills testing will use a modified process that allows the driver examiner to score the prospective licensee from outside the car in accordance with the Ohio Department of Health and Center for Disease Control recommended health and safety guidelines.  (SEE PICS BELOW TITLED “MODIFIED COURSE”)

The BMV will reach out to individuals who had a test cancelled due to COVID-19 to provide an opportunity for priority-based scheduling.

As a reminder, if a customer’s license, identification card, vehicle registration, or temporary permit expired on or after the state of emergency’s effective date of March 9, 2020, its expiration date has been automatically extended and will remain valid until 90 days after the state of emergency ends, or December 1, 2020, whichever date comes first.

Many of the services Ohioans rely on at the BMV can be accomplished online at www.OPlates.com. If customers need to purchase a temporary tag for their car, renew their vehicle registration, order new license plates, check their driving record, and many other services, they can complete the transaction online.

Since reopening on May 26, 2020 BMV transactions are up approximately 8% from 2019 during that same time frame. The BMV encourages customers who absolutely must visit a deputy registrar to take advantage of “Get In Line, Online,” which allows customers to virtually get in line before arriving.

Visit www.bmv.ohio.gov for more information.

 

 

Update 5/21/2020

BMV Update:

All BMV’s will be opening up on Tuesday May 26.  You DON’T need any appointment to go.

EXAM STATION:

The exam station will be opening up on Tuesday May 26 for COMPUTER TEMP TESTING ONLY.   You can’t take a road exam at this time.  They’re waiting on vehicles to come from the State, these vehicles will have a safety barrier.  You will be required to use their vehicle for the test.  I do not have a date for when this will be happening, as soon as I know more I will post it here.

Expired Driver License & Temp information:

On March 27, 2020, Governor DeWine signed Sub. H.B. 197, which states that Ohio licenses (including driver licenses, CDLs, identification cards, temporary instruction permits, vehicle registrations and vehicle temporary tags,) expiring during the declared State of Emergency shall remain valid until either 90 days after the declared emergency ends, or December 1, 2020, whichever comes sooner. The state of emergency was declared by Governor DeWine on March 9, 2020.

The current end date for the state of emergency is May 29, 2020. The 90 days is scheduled to start then.

We will continue to monitor the situation and provide updated information as quickly as possible. For additional information regarding permits and licenses, please contact the BMV or visit their website at bmv.ohio.gov.

Drive times:

We started calling everyone this week to re-book lessons.  Again, please be patient with us during this time as its a very long process to get in touch with each student.   This has to be done in an orderly fashion to be fair to everyone.

ALL drive times will begin and end at Toledo Driving School.  This will allow us the time to sanitize the vehicle between students and allow us to only have 1 student in the car at a time.  All students and instructors are required to wear a face covering for the lessons.  We will also be taking temperatures of each student and employee, if either have a temp above 100.4 they will not be permitted to work or drive.   Also, each instructor will sign a Daily Symptom Assessment and each student will sign a Self Declaration form before they will be permitted to work or drive.

We were also required to install a safety barrier in our vehicles, this barrier was mandated and approved by the Lucas County Health Department.

 

Update 5/13/2020

We have been approved to start opening, please read the following information!!!!

Office:

Our staff will be starting back on May 25, however we wont’t be open to customers until June 1.  To protect our employees and other customers, if you are exhibiting any symptoms of COVID-19, service will not be provided.  Also, face coverings are required to enter as we have a small office space.  Only 2 customers will be permitted at a time into our office, everyone else must wait outside.

 Drive times:

This week we will begin calling every student to to re-book their lessons. Please be patient with us during this time, as this will be a very  long and stressful process.  We will start with the students who were booked in March and move forward.  Every student will need to have their appointments re-scheduled, even the ones who have times in June, July or August, as we need to make room for the previously missed appointments from March, April and May.     We will have a few instructors starting back up on May 25, the remainder will start on June 1.

ALL drive times will begin and end at Toledo Driving School.  This will allow us the time to sanitize the vehicle between students and allow us to only have 1 student in the car at a time.  All students and instructors are required to wear a face covering for the lessons.  We will also be taking temperatures of each student and employee, if either have a temp above 100.4 they will not be permitted to work or drive.   Also, each instructor will sign a Daily Symptom Assessment and each student will sign a Self Declaration form before they will be permitted to work or drive.

BMV Update:

OHIO BUREAU OF MOTOR VEHICLES REOPENING PLAN (as of May 4): 

Lt. Governor Jon Husted announced today that, although opening dates for individual locations have not yet been finalized, Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicle (BMV) deputy registrars around the state may begin reopening as early as later this month.

Upon reopening, every deputy registrar will offer online the Ohio BMV’s Get In Line, Online program that was launched by Governor DeWine and Lt. Governor Husted as a pilot project last year. A partnership between InnovateOhio and the Ohio BMV has been expanding the project to locations statewide. There are currently 48 deputy registrars that had been offering Get in Line, Online, and all other locations that had not yet offered the service will offer it to customers upon reopening.

“So far, this system has saved Ohioans nearly 9,000 hours of wait time,” said Lt. Governor Husted. “In order to reduce lines and the time each Ohioan has to physically spend in the BMV, we are working with InnovateOhio to expand the program throughout the state by the end of May so that every open BMV will offer this service.”

In preparation for reopening, deputy registrars are also reactivating and hiring staff, making accommodations to their facilities to ensure social distancing, and ensuring that safety measures are in place, such as cough/sneeze shields, at customer-facing workstations.

https://coronavirus.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/covid-19/resources/news-releases-news-you-can-use/COVID-19-Update-Testing-Priority-Ohio-BMVs

 

 

Update 5/7/2020

Drive times:

We’re working with the State of Ohio, our attorney and the Health Dept. to get reopened.  It’s not the easiest task do to the lack of social distance with the students. Our students and instructors safety is our number one priority.  With that said, our goal is to start back up driving between June 8 & June 15.  I hope to have an answer on this by the end of next week so we can start the very long painful task of re-booking every students drive times.  Once that is done we will call all the current students to book their lessons.   Please be patient, as I’m sure this process will take us a few weeks.

Office:

We plan to have the office opened up on June 1 for parents and students to come in and take care of paperwork.  We will have restrictions on the number of customers allowed in at a time.  I’ll have more posted on this next week along with our rules and guidelines for drive times.

Exams:

As for the license bureau and exam station.  Their current goal is to open up between May 26 and June 1.

Classes:

We’re adding an A.M. zoom class to our schedule as well as our P.M. zoom class starting June 2.

AM CLASSES are 10 am-2:15 pm Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursdays for 2 weeks

PM CLASSES are 4:30 pm-8:45 pm Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursdays for 2 weeks.

 

Please say safe everyone.

Danielle

Update 4/21/2020

We have been approved to administer the final class exam online.

Classes will now be Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 4:30-8:45 pm for 2 weeks.

We don’t see our office opening back up until June.

Payments can be made through this website, you can send payments to 4900 N. McCord Rd. Sylvania, OH  43560 or you can hold off until our office opens back up.

Classes will continue to be online via Virtual Zoom classes for many months to come.

Drive times are still on hold, we unfortunately have no idea when/ how we will be able to resume the one on one lessons.  I’ll keep you posted as soon as we know more.

 

Update 4/1/2020

Unfortunately, we had to change the way we are inviting the kids to the zoom meetings.  Each registered student will receive a daily email from us with the zoom id and password for the class.  The hot link to each class has been removed from our class schedule tab.

Update 3/23/2020

We have been in communication with the Driver Training Program office in Columbus, at this time we have to close our doors for both classroom and one-on-one drive time.  However, we were state approved and have implemented a Virtual Live Online class for all of our students.  This virtual class schedule will be as followed;

You/your student can register to start the VIRTUAL CLASS at one of the following dates, we just ask you to either email or call us so we can add their start date to the contract.

4/7/2020

4/21/2020

5/5/2020  (if needed to still be online)

5/19/2020 (if needed to still be online)

Time of Virtual Class:

Week One: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 4:30-8:45 pm;

Week Two, Tuesday and Wednesday 4:30-8:45 pm and Thursday 4:30-7:45 pm.

Zoom Virtual Class Links:

REMINDER: You only need to take each class one time; they can be taken out of order if needed however keep in mind class #6 has to be last.

How to access the Zoom Virtual Class:.

  1. You must be a registered Toledo Driving School Student
  2. You MUST go to https://zoom.us/ website on your computer or phone to sign up FIRST, its FREE or if using a phone you need to download the zoom app then register.  After registering you need verify your account through your email.
  3. Open the daily email from us with the Meeting ID and password.
  4. If you need the meeting ID and password to make up a class either email or call our office.
  • You MUST have a webcam and microphone for class
  1. Please be in and ready to go as class will start at 4:30, we won’t be able to allow you to join late!
  2. Participation is key! Please keep your microphone off unless you’re called on or raise your hand to ask a question. We will explain every thing in detail at the beginning of each class.

Final Exam:

  1. After completing the above hours, they will need to register online at our website for a 1-hour time slot to come into our office to take a proctored exam.  We can only allow 8 students per testing period due to the new regulation of only allowing 10 or less people together and maintaining our 6 feet social distancing.   At that time we will need both the student and parent to come into the office to sign the contract.
  2. Go the same link to our website above and click on the date you would like to take the proctored exam. If you can’t make the scheduled time you chose, please go back in and reschedule to allow someone else to have your time spot.

We here, at Toledo Driving School are doing our part to reduce the spread of the disease overall, we are sanitizing our classroom and bathrooms between each testing group and are continuing to sanitize our cars between each student.

We are asking you to please use your own best judgment if you should be sending your child to a take their final exam or drive time.  If your child isn’t feeling well, please keep them home.  We will work with you individually to reschedule the test date or drive times.

This is a fluid situation, if anything changes, we will be in direct communication with you ASAP.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact us.

Office Hours:

As of 3/24/2020 our office will be closed until the shelter-in-place order is lifted, however our phones will be answered from the operating mangers home if you need to call with any questions.

Phone hours: M-F 9:30 am-5:00 pm

Payments:

Payments can be made on our website.

Step-by-Step Directions for Zoom:

Step 1- Click on link in your email

Step 2- Allow Zoom to open Step 3- Sign up or sign in

Step 4- Click the link 

Step 5- Wait for meeting to start 

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