Learner’s permits and commercial CDL licenses go online

Published: Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 09:40 AM.

Getting a learner’s permit will soon get a little easier.

The Gulf County Tax Collector’s office announced that as of Jan. 13, new drivers and those looking to obtain a CDL commercial license will be able to take the tests online.

According to Gulf County Tax Collector Shirley Jenkins, a 2015 mandate will require tax collection offices to handle permit issuing across the state.

“They’re closing offices all over the state,” said Jenkins.

 Jenkins said that the change wasn’t a huge adjustment, since her office has handled issuing of permits since the driver’s license office closed in June of 2011.

“It’s a service to the citizens,” said Jenkins. “Now, they won’t have to go to Panama City.”

When the driver’s license office closed, anyone looking to obtain learner’s permits had to drive to Panama City to take the required tests.

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