SACRAMENTO (CBS SF) — The California Department of Motor Vehicles announced Thursday that it plans to suspend all behind-the-wheel driving tests for two weeks amid the surge in COVID-19 cases throughout the state.

Behind-the-wheel tests, which are required for first-time driver’s license and commercial license applicants, will be suspended starting December 14. The DMV said affected customers would be notified and have their tests rescheduled at a later date.

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Meanwhile, motorcycle tests would continue to take place, since the test can be done at a safe distance.

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“Behind-the-wheel drive tests require two people to share space in one vehicle and – while we have made numerous changes to safeguard the testing process – the current surge in COVID-19 cases presents increased risk to both parties,” DMV Director Steve Gordon said.

During the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the DMV suspended driving tests from mid-March through June. Tests resumed with multiple safety protocols, including face coverings, temperature checks, keeping windows open and the use of seat covers.

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The DMV said offices would remain open, but also told those who don’t have urgent needs with the agency should delay their visit, including those seeking to apply for a REAL ID. Homeland Security officials have said previously that enforcement for the REAL ID cards would not take place until October 1, 2021.