Obtaining a learner's permit is generally the first step that a beginner driver takes toward becoming a fully licensed driver in Georgia. You are eligible to apply for a learner's permit if you are at least 15 years old and:
- you have never been licensed to operate a vehicle, or
- you are a new resident of Georgia who has been licensed in another state, but your driver's license has been expired for longer than two years.
HOW TO OBTAIN AN ORIGINAL LEARNER'S PERMIT
- Download a copy of the Georgia Driver's Manual, or get a hard copy by visiting a local Driver License Center.
- If you are under 18 years of age: download
- Your parent or legal guardian must sign the license application with you.
- Produce a Georgia DDS Certificate of School Attendance form signed and notarized by your school within the last 30 days. If you are enrolled in a home school program, you must provide a GED diploma, a high school diploma or an attendance form from the Board of Education.
- You will not be permitted to apply or keep a drivers license/permit if you withdraw from school, have 10 or more unexcused absences or have misconduct reports.
- First time license holders (and/or have not been licensed by any other jurisdiction or state) must show that they have completed a course on alcohol and drugs conducted by a DDS authorized instructor to obtain a license.
- Visit your local Driver License Center to submit the application. You must bring with you:
- Proof of identity and age as specified by the DDS. If you have changed your name, you must bring documents that support and clearly indicate your current name.
- Your Social Security card.
- A $10 license fee payable by cash, check, money order or credit/debit cards.
- You will be given a written knowledge test and an eye screening at the Driver License Center. If you pass these tests, you will be issued a learner's permit, which is valid for two years.
When driving with a learner's permit you must be accompanied by a licensed driver age of 21 or older. This person must sit beside you.
THE PROVISIONAL CLASS D LICENSE
If you are at least 16 and under 18, you are eligible for the provisional Class D license provided you meet the following requirements:
- You have held the instructional or learner's permit for at least 12 months and one day.
- You have completed a minimum of 40 hours of behind-the-wheel driving experience of which 6 hours was at night (under direct supervision of an experienced adult driver).
- You have completed a DDS approved driver education course (Not required if you are 17 years of age).
- You have passed the driver's license road test.
The provisional Class D driver's license in Georgia comes with the following restrictions:
- You are not permitted to drive between midnight and 6 am.
- In the first six months only immediate family members may be passengers.
- In the second six months only one non family member under 21 may be a passenger. After that you can have up to three non family members under 21 as passengers.
THE UNRESTRICTED CLASS C LICENSE
A full, unrestricted Class C license may be issued when you are at least 18 years old. A provisional driver's license may be changed to a regular, non-commercial driver's license, provided you have had no traffic convictions in the last 12 months.