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How to Apply for a New Driver's License in Georgia

You can apply for a new driver's license at any of the offices of the Division of Motor Vehicles. You could also make an appointment to avoid delays. Teens can make an appointment up to 90 days in advance but need to have a learner's permit when making the appointment. Obtain a Georgia Driver's Handbook to familiarize yourself with the driving rules and regulations.


Following are the basic requirements while applying for a Georgia driver's license:

  1. Applicants must be 16 years of age or older.
  2. Any individual under 17 should meet the requirements stated in Joshua's Law to be eligible to obtain a license. Anybody under 16 can complete the 40-hour driving program, out of which six must be at night and become certified by the Georgia Department of Driver Services before applying for a learner's license. This learner's permit can be updated to a provisional license when they turn 16. Driver education programs can help individuals prepare for their road test. Parental consent must be provided.
  3. Everyone must pass a set of tests to obtain a license. See Driver's Handbook for more information on the written examination. Practice tests are available to help individuals prepare for their road test.
  4. Applicants must provide acceptable proof of identification, residency and presence.


New Georgia residents holding a driver's license from another state should apply for a Georgia license within 30 days of their moving to Georgia. If you hold a license that is not more than 2 years old from your state, only the vision test will need to be passed. The written and/or driving tests will be waived in this case. However, like other applicants, new residents must provide proof of identification, residency and presence.

Non-US citizens residing in Georgia may apply for a Georgia driver's license, as long as they can provide proof that they are legally authorized to be in the United States, and meet all the other requirements. Note that a Georgia driver's license issued to a foreign national will expire no later than the last date on which they are authorized to be in the United States by the U.S., Immigration and Naturalization Service, but not valid for more than 5 years. In cases where the immigration documentation has no expiry date, a license/ID card valid for 1 year is issued at a price of $20.


A standard Instructional Permit for two years costs $10. Georgia has introduced licenses with different validities, and the fees accordingly vary as listed in the chart.


The validity of a Georgia driver's license differs, as Georgia introduced licenses with different validities to reduce wait time and they can be renewed by phone, mail, or online. Those above 64 need to pass a vision test before renewing the license.


With certain restrictions, an individual can legally drive in Georgia with a learner's license. See more information on learner's permit here.


Reviews of How to Apply for a New Driver's License in Georgia

I am a DoD Civilian Employee and my 17 year old son's license is going to expire in November. Can he continue to operate a vehicle on his expired license or how does he get it renewed?

I am 17 with an expired learners permit What do I need to do to get a GA drivers license?

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I recently moved to Georgia and want to transfer my license but have a couple of tickets in my last state, can I still transfer it to Georgia?

I'm 18 and i never had a Learners. Do i still have to get me Permit in order take my Driving test. Or can i just take my Driving Test without a premit.

I am 16 and I just moved form FL I already have my FL license what do I have to do to transfer my License to a ga license?

I'm wondering the same thing....

If I'm 17 and I'm applying for a learner's permit for the first time is there any sort of provision that will allow me to drive to and from school provided I could pass a driver's road test of some kind?

I just got married and want to know what I have to do to make the name change on my drivers license?

I need to schedule an appointment to get my driver's license.

I would like to know the best time to start my driver license process..

Time: Day: Place? New In town ...From Chicago....permanent resident in Georgia now

read the DMW web-site or open your phonebook. Look for the DMV near where you live, may have to have a emission test done on car at a shop, depending on the County you live in. Take 3 ID's & old D.L. to prove you are who you say you are. Best for you to call the DMV & ask them to see if you need to take the test., make appt for it if needed. Make sure you have your insurance card info, emission paper with you. I would CALL them & have my list of questions & be prepared to WAIT to get in.

My son is 16 but missed over 10 days of school due to suspension and can't get an attendance certificate. How can he go about trying to get his license this summer to go back and forth to work?

I need to scheduled an appointment for the Driver license test but my permit is from New York

I need to schedule for a test

need to make appointment to take the drving test

i need schedule appointment for a test

How long does it takes to get your license when you done pass everything?

well thats confusing..are you asking how long before you get it after you take the test or how long to get it renewed.....?


i need an appointment to take an examination for the driver license

i need to set an appontment to take my drivers licences test

you need to go to the nearest DMV to take your drivers test it will be the driving portion so practice for can call them to set up an appointment!

i need an appointment to take the examination for the license ..!!