DMV testing online driver's license renewal in North Carolina

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Gov. Pat McCrory called the program an effort to improve customer service.

North Carolina drivers could now bypass a visit to the DMV when needing to renew their driver's license.

Gov. Pat McCrory rolled out the new program Wednesday which allows drivers to renew licenses online.

The program is in a testing phase.

To use the service, you must verify your address and confirm you don't have vision problems that could interfere with driving.

The new license will be valid for five or eight years depending on your age.

McCrory said it's part of an effort to improve customer service at the DMV.

"This new service is a major milestone in our continued efforts to improve customer service online and in our DMV offices throughout the state, making it faster, easier and more convenient for people to complete their business and get back to their busy lives," said McCrory.

The other big part of the announcement was a new look for driver's licenses.

The DMV said it's coated with Teslin for extra durability.

It will also have three pictures of the driver including two overlapping ghost images -- one in color and the other laser engraved.

The DMV said it will cut down on counterfeiting, identity theft, and fraud.

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