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Frequently Asked Questions - Georgia Teen Driver

Teen drivers who are 18 years or older and have a Class D license will be eligible for a Class C driver’s license if they have not had any of the following convictions within the previous year:

• Driving under the influence (DUI)
• Drag racing
• Reckless driving
• Hit and run
• Eluding a police officer
• Any violation that assigns four or more point to the driver’s license

The Georgia Department of Driver Services (DDS) has the following requirements for applicants who want to obtain a Class C Instructional Permit:

• You must be at least 15 years of age.

• Your parent or legal guardian must sign a consent form. Guardians will be required to present certified adoption or guardianship court papers.

• Your parent or legal guardian must have a Georgia driver’s license or identification card or the teen must submit a Proof of Residency document.

• You will be required to surrender any out-of-state learner’s permit, driver’s license or identification card.

If you previously had a learner’s permit or license issued in another state, a certified driving history must be submitted and dated within the past 30 days. The instructional permit is valid for two years from the date issued.

The Georgia DDS has the following age requirements to obtain an instructional permit or driver’s license:

• Age 15 for a Class CP instructional permit
• Age 16 for a Class MP instructional permit
• Age 16 for a Class D provisional license
• Age 17 for a Class M license
• Age 17 for a Class A, B and C license

Applicants under 18 who have never been issued a license in another jurisdiction will not be eligible for a Class C or Class D license unless they have:

• Held an instructional permit for at least one year and one day
• Applicants who are 16 must complete an approved driver education course in a public driver training or licensed private school
• Completed 40 hours of supervised driving and at least 6 hours at night

The parent or legal guardian of applicants under 18 must sign a verification form that the supervised driving requirements have been met.

Teen drivers who have an instructional permit or an intermediate license must abide by the following restrictions:

Instructional Permit
• You must be accompanied by an adult 21 years or older who has a Class C driver’s license and they must sit in the front passenger seat at all times.

Class D Intermediate License
• You are not allowed to drive between 12 am and 6 am.
• During the first six months, you cannot carry any passengers outside of your immediate family.
• After six months, you can drive with one non-family passenger under 21.
• After one year, you can drive with up to three non-family passengers under 21.

You must obtain a signed and notarized Certificate of Attendance (DS-1) form from the school where you are enrolled. This is only valid for a period of 30 days. If you are under 18 and not attending school, you must provide a high school diploma, GED diploma or proof that you are enrolled in college. Students who are enrolled in an approved home school program are required to submit a Certificate of Attendance form from the local Board of Education.

The Georgia DDS requires teen drivers to pass the following tests:

Knowledge Exam
• The two-part knowledge exam will be questions pertaining to the rules of the road and road signs. All questions are based upon information contained in the Georgia Driver’s Manual. This exam is conducted on a walk-in-basis only at any of the Customer Service Centers. Testing must begin 30 minutes before the office closes. A permit fee of $10 must be paid in cash, check, money order, credit card or debit card before the test begins. You must pay the fee again if you fail the test.

Eye Screening Exam
• You must be able to pass a vision test with at least 20/60 in one eye and a field vision of 140 degrees with or without corrective lenses or glasses. If you fail the field vision screening, you are required to have a DS-274 completed by a licensed optometrist.

The Georgia DDS requires new residents who are applying for a learner’s permit or driver’s license to show an acceptable form of identification. This must include full name and date of birth. The following documents must be an original or certified copy:

Proof of Identification—U.S. Citizens
• United States birth certificate issued by the Office of Vital Statistics (birth certificates issued by the hospital are not acceptable)
• Certificate of birth registration
• Certified naturalization documents
• Immigration identification card issued by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)
• Valid United States passport
• Military identification card issued by the United States armed forces (must provide additional proof of U.S. citizenship)

Name Change Documents
If your name has changed and is different from the one that is on your birth certificate or passport, you must submit the following certified documents:

• Marriage license, certificate or application (same-sex marriage certificates will not be accepted)
• Divorce decree if the name change was specified on the decree (cannot act as substitute for marriage documents.)
• Court order of legal adoption
• Court order for legal name change

Proof of Identification—Non-U.S. Citizens (Must provide original immigration documents)
• Valid foreign passport with I-94 or I-551 stamp
• Permanent Resident Alien Card (I-551)
• Employment Authorization Card (I-766)
• Re-Entry Permit (I-327)
• I-94 (without passport) for Refugees or Asylees or Refugee Travel Document (I-571)
• I-94 with valid foreign passport and I-20 or DS-2019 for F-1, F-2, J-1 or J-2 status
• Valid foreign passport with Visa I-94 Waiver stamp

Proof of Social Security Number
• Provide Social Security number for on-line verification with the Social Security records system
• Non-citizens may submit a Social Security Denial Letter (Form SSA L676) in lieu of Social Security number

Proof of Georgia Residency
• Utility bill issued within the last 60 days
• Bank statement issued within the last 60 days
• Current valid rental contract and/or receipt for rental payments made within the last 60 days
• Paycheck, paystub, W-2 form (current or preceding calendar year) or letter from employer
• Valid Georgia driver’s license, learner’s permit or identification card issued to child, parent, legal guardian or spouse (identification holder must be present)
• Health insurance statements
• Federal income tax or Georgia State tax return (current or preceding calendar year)
• Medicaid or Medicare statement
• School transcript or record (current or preceding calendar year)
• Social Security statement (current or preceding calendar year)
• Mortgage payment coupon, deed or property tax bill (current or preceding calendar year)

Applicants Under 18 Years of Age
• Submit proof of completion for educational course on drugs and alcohol taught by an instructor authorized by the Georgia DDS
• Submit a Certificate of Attendance (DS-1) as proof of school enrollment (dated within 30 days), GED or high school diploma

You must fill out an application for an instructional permit or driver’s license at a local DDS Customer Service Center. After paying the $10 permit fee, you will be given a written knowledge exam. If you fail the test once, you can retake it again the next day. If you fail the test twice, you can retake the test in seven days. If you fail three or more time, you can retake the test in 30 days.

Once I get my permit, what do I need to do before I can drive with my parents?
Teens who have an instruction permit may drive with a parent if they have a valid Georgia driver’s license. The Parent/Teen Guide provides suggestions to help parents prepare their teens for the responsibilities of driving. The lessons include how to operate a motor vehicle in a parking lot, on a rural highway, on a freeway and in the city. If neither parent has a valid driver’s license, a friend or relative can conduct the guided practice sessions.

As of January 1, 2007, Joshua’s Law went into effect. This means that drivers who are 16 and want to obtain a Class D driver’s license must do the following:

• You must successfully complete a driver education course approved by the Department of Driver Services.

• You must complete at least 40 hours of supervised driving, including at least 6 hours driving at night.

Drivers who have not completed an approved driver’s education course will not be eligible for a Class D license until they turn 17.