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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.
- For more information, see our Beginner Drivers section.
- See also Applying for a Drivers License.
- See also Driver's Education, Driving Schools and Practice Tests.
- Learn more about Georgia's Requirements for Teen Drivers.
- Bear in mind that in order to drive legally in the state of Georgia, you must have valid auto insurance. See our Auto Insurance section for more information, or to obtain a competitive quote on car insurance.