Wisconsin names top Driving Examiner

​​​Release date: December 7, 2021

Wisconsin Department of Transportation Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) announced that Colette Grams from DMV’s North Central Region was selected as Wisconsin’s 2021 Examiner of the Year. 

Grams has conducted approximately 3,942 regular and motorcycle skills tests since becoming an examiner in 2008. She has been instrumental in developing the class D, class M, and special exam skills test routes used at the Rhinelander DMV. In November 2013 she became an AAMVA Certified Driver Examiner. This designation and the additional training required promotes highway safety and protects the public interests.

Her work with young drivers, their parents and local driving schools made her an ideal candidate for this honor. Grams, as Wisconsin’s nominee, will compete with examiners from other states for the 2021 American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators International Driver Examiner Certification Examiner of the Year to be announced next summer. 

Grams’ approach is consistent​

Wisconsin DMV stresses the importance of conducting fair and consistent skills tests with all examiners and conducts refresher training regularly to maintain scoring consistency. Grams’ work demonstrates consistency and commitment to scoring fairly and accurately. Her goal is to ensure new drivers understand the rules and responsibilities involved to drive safely.

“Colette takes her examining duties very seriously,” WisDOT Program Supervisor Mike McKenzie said. “She conducts post-test discussions in a positive manner and takes this opportunity with applicants and their families to coach, educate, and promote the importance traffic safety.” 

Parental support is critical to ensure that young drivers understand and correct issues to be a safe and capable driver. “Colette has the ability to conduct a difficult review yet end the discussion with the applicant feeling positive and having a clear understanding of the skills they need to be a safe and attentive driver,” McKenzie said. 

Grams developed strong working relationships with local driver’s education instructors to maintain open lines of communication. Local driver’s education instructors often visit Grams to ask questions, discuss concerns, or discuss items that may improve their training. She also coordinates the testing of the new driver’s education instructors so that they may receive their certifications and begin teaching.

For more information, contact:

WisDOT Office of Public Affairs
(608) 266-3581, opa.exec@dot.wi.gov