DOT Motor Vehicle Division director, Melissa Gillett, says one change involves school licenses. She says the changes allow driving for farm-related purposes with a minor school license if the holder is employed by a farm and the distance driven is no more than 50 miles.
Those who are 14-and-half can get a minor school license and drive to and from school and school activities by themselves between 5 a.m. and 10 p.m. “Prior to the 2021 legislative change, driving for farm-related purposes was not a permitted operation of the minor school license,” Gillette says.
Gillette says they did have one question about home-school kids being able to use a minor school license for farm work.
“A school administrator is required to approve the minor school license — and home school students are eligible to be issued a minor school license if they are dual-enrolled in a school — and their designated school official provides that certificate of need for the license,” according to Gillette.
The Transportation also approved rules allowing drivers who have a commercial driver’s license or CDL to renew online.
“Prior to the 2021 legislative change, a CDL holder was not able to renew their license electronically — even though online renewal has been an option for several years for non-commercial driver’s license holders,” Gillette says. She says the rules create the online CDL renewals with a few special provisions those license holders must meet to renew online.