New year brings changes to license requirements

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The Department of Motor Vehicles will require anyone over the age of 18 looking to get a license to hold a three-month learner's permit before taking a road test.

DMV officials said the changes are needed because road travel is dangerous for inexperienced drivers.

The change comes after 106 years of not requiring training prior to obtaining a driver's license, DMV officials said.

The new rules goes into effect Jan. 1.

"Cars are more sophisticated today, traveling roads can be more dangerous for inexperienced drivers and some form of a learning period is required now for those over 18, just as we have done for those under 18," DMV Commissioner Melody A. Currey previously stated.

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