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

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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.

NEW DRIVERS AND FIRST TIME APPLICANTS

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 RESIDENTS

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.

FEES

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.

VALIDITY

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.

LEARNER'S LICENSE

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

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Submitted by ClydeLByrd on 2nd Oct 2014

I am a DoD Civilian Employee

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?

Submitted by NachelleBR on 23rd May 2014

I am 17 with an expired

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

Submitted by xkirrax on 8th Sep 2014

I am try apply for a license

I am try apply for a license

Submitted by jabug on 12th Jun 2013

MY LISENCE WAS STOLEN ALONG

MY LISENCE WAS STOLEN ALONG WITH MY WALLET FROM MY CAR WHAT

IS EVERYTHING I WILL NEED TO PROVIDE TO GET A NEW ONE.

Submitted by heathblack22 on 27th Nov 2013

i need help

i need help

Submitted by dp0219 on 22nd Mar 2013

I recently moved to Georgia

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?

Submitted by JulieCox on 22nd Mar 2012

I'm 18 and i never had a

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.

Submitted by kaylaje15 on 20th Jan 2012

I am 16 and I just moved form

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?

Submitted by tbamster@gmail.com on 3rd Nov 2014

I'm wondering the same

I'm wondering the same thing....

Submitted by George.Lowe on 31st Dec 2011

If I'm 17 and I'm applying

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?

Submitted by blondiegirl23 on 24th Oct 2011

I just got married and want

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

Submitted by MaruuKen on 20th Jul 2011

I need to schedule an

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

Submitted by bbanne on 27th Aug 2011

I would like to know the best

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

Submitted by Rangermom on 12th Sep 2011

read the DMW web-site or open

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.

Submitted by ssheriff on 19th May 2011

My son is 16 but missed over

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?

Submitted by Anonymous on 26th Apr 2011

I need to scheduled an

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

Submitted by Anonymous on 27th Mar 2011

I need to schedule for a test

I need to schedule for a test

Submitted by Gea Smith on 3rd Oct 2012

need to make appointment to

need to make appointment to take the drving test

Submitted by calvanna on 11th Jul 2011

i need schedule appointment

i need schedule appointment for a test

Submitted by Anonymous on 21st Apr 2011

How long does it takes to get

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

Submitted by Anonymous on 21st Apr 2011

well thats confusing..are you

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

Submitted by flex001k on 28th Jul 2011

RENEWED

RENEWED

Submitted by Anonymous on 3rd Feb 2011

i need an appointment to take

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

Submitted by Anonymous on 24th Feb 2011

i need to set an appontment

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

Submitted by Anonymous on 21st Apr 2011

you need to go to the nearest

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

Submitted by diana alexandra... on 20th Jun 2009

i need an appointment to take

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