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Tennessee teens forced to wait months to take driving test

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Some drivers in Middle Tennessee are learning about traffic jams before they get their driver's licenses.

Currently, there is a wait to take the road skills test in Davidson and surrounding counties that is several months long.

Nashville's News 2 found Tayla Stout waiting outside the driver services center on Centennial Boulevard Friday afternoon.

Stout passed her written test but hasn't been able to take the road skills test because there are no openings.  

"I just keep coming back. Hopefully somebody cancels their appointment. That's all I can do," said Stout.

The Department of Safety blames the backlog on the time of year.

During the summer months, testing centers stay busy because of the rush of teens taking tests before the start of school. Those centers are now playing catch up.

A spokesperson told Nashville's News 2 the department plans to bring in former law enforcement officials to help with the backlog.

Minors with a learner's permit can schedule an appointment 90 days prior to their 16th birthday.

The backlog isn't as bad outside of Nashville if you're willing to drive.

The soonest availability for drivers to take the road skills test is November 6 in Henry County and December 10 at the Dickson County center.

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