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

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Georgia new drivers license applicants must visit a Georgia Department of Driver Services office to obtain credentials to drive. Obtaining your first driving license involves fulfilling requirements such as passing a written drivers test as well as a road skills test. First-time driving license applicants qualify for a provisional drivers license, which carries restrictions such as time of day the licensee may operate a motor vehicle.

Did you know? 60 percent of beginner drivers fail the written driving test the first time. To beat this statistic, use our DMV driving practice test to view questions that will appear on the actual CA DMV written drivers exam.

How to Apply for a Georgia Driver's License:

  • Visit a GA DDS office.
  • Present the required documentation.
  • Pass a written drivers test.
  • Pass a road skills test.
  • Pay Georgia driver's license fees.

Navigate through the topics below for a thorough overview of how to get drivers licenses in Georgia.

Types of Drivers Licenses in Georgia

Figure out which class of GA driving license you need to obtain. The GA DDS issues both commercial and noncommercial driving license types including motorcycle licenses.

  • Class C drivers license - license to drive a single vehicle not weighing more than 26,000 pounds.
  • Class CP learners permit - permit for driving issued to applicants starting at 15 years of age which carries certain restrictions.
  • Class D provisional drivers license - driving license for teens 16-18 years of age that carries nighttime driving and passenger restrictions.
  • Class M motorcycle license - license to drive motor-driven cycles issued to applicants at least 17 years of age.
  • Class A, B, and C commercial drivers licenses (CDL) - for drivers of commercial vehicles.

First-Time Driver (Under 18) in Georgia

Georgia new drivers license applicants must visit a Georgia Department of Driver Services office to obtain credentials to drive. Obtaining your first driving license involves fulfilling requirements such as passing a written drivers test as well as a road skills test. First-time driving license applicants qualify for a provisional drivers license which carries restrictions such as time of day the licensee may operate a motor vehicle.

For more information, visit our Learner's Permit page.

Georgia New Drivers (Over 18)

Georgia new drivers license applicants who have never previously held a driving license from any state must obtain a Class D provisional drivers license from the Georgia Department of Driver Services. A provisional license is issued to beginner drivers and requires that the driver have minimum of 40 hours of behind-the-wheel driving experience to qualify for a license to drive.

GA Driver's Study Guide and Driver's Practice Test

Adult drivers who seek a first-time driving license can brush up on their test-taking skills by utilizing a driving practice test. Our Georgia practice permit test contains essential information on traffic rules and regulations in addition to sample questions that are based upon the official Georgia DDS written drivers test.

How to Apply for Drivers Licenses in GA

Georgia drivers license applicants must be prepared to appear in-office to obtain their driving qualification. During your office visit, you will need to present the following types of documentation to complete a drivers license application:

  • Proof of identity.
  • Proof of Social Security Number.
  • Proof of U.S. citizenship or legal presence.
  • Proof of Georgia residency.

GA Drivers License Eligibility Requirements

Georgia driving license applicants must be at least 16 years of age. Interested applicants must also meet other eligibility requirements, such as having held an instructional permit for driving for a least one year plus a day, before they can apply for a provisional license.

GA Written/Driving Test

A GA DMV drivers test is mandatory for new drivers to take. The written portion of the test is completed at the time of application for a Georgia learners permit. Once they qualify for a license to drive, applicants will have to pass the road skills test to obtain their GA drivers license.

To prepare for the drivers exam, take our DMV practice test to aid you in familiarizing yourself with Georgia traffic laws and road signs.

GA Driving Test

The Georgia DMV driver's test is designed to measure a driving license applicant's ability to operate a motor vehicle. The examiner will ride in the front passenger's side as the applicant demonstrates the following basic driving functions:

  • Correct driving posture.
  • Ability to stop quickly and safely.
  • Ability to follow traffic signs and signals.
  • Ability to parallel park.

Make a DMV appointment to schedule your drivers license test.

Drivers have the option of completing a behind-the-wheel course for additional practice.

New Georgia Resident

Drivers license applicants new to Georgia must transfer their out-of-state driving credentials within 30 days of becoming an in-state resident. The applicant must also surrender their drivers license from their previous state of resident at the time of application. Doing so will exempt the new resident from taking the knowledge test and road skills test. Passing a vision screening is, however, required.

To obtain a GA driver's license as a new resident, bring the following documentation to a GA DDS office:

  • Proof of identification.
  • Proof of Social Security Number.
  • Proof of Georgia residential address.

New Georgia residents will also need to get their vehicles registered along with transferring their car titles upon applying for drivers licenses. Apply for an initial automobile registration with a Tax Commissioner's Tag office near you.

Replace Driver's License in Georgia

Apply for a GA drivers license replacement at a GA DDS location or online for a nominal fee. Stolen or lost driving licenses with less than 150 days of validation left on them will have to be renewed instead of replaced. For further details on the documents required to obtain a duplicate license, visit our Drivers License Replacement page.

Locate a DMV in Georgia

Find Georgia DMV offices near you to complete your driving license duties. Contact information such as addresses and telephone numbers are listed for each Georgia Department of Driver Services location.

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 (not verified) 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 (not verified) on 27th Nov 2013

i need help

i need help

Submitted by dp0219 (not verified) 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 (not verified) 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 (not verified) 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 (not verified) on 1st Jan 2012

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 (not verified) 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 (not verified) on 20th Jul 2011

I need to schedule an

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

Submitted by bbanne (not verified) 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 (not verified) 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 (not verified) 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 (not verified) on 3rd Oct 2012

need to make appointment to

need to make appointment to take the drving test

Submitted by calvanna (not verified) 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 (not verified) 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 arevalo romero (not verified) on 20th Jun 2009

i need an appointment to take

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