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Application for a Driver’s License in Georgia


Obtaining a Learner's Permit

Basic Requirements

You must be at least 15 years of age.

  A parent or legal guardian (who must present certified guardianship court papers or adoption papers with embossed court seal) must sign for the applicant.

The parent or legal guardian must present a Georgia Driver License or ID card. If the parent/guardian does not possess a Georgia License or ID card, the teen must present a standard Proof of Residency document.

Any out of state permits, licenses, or ID cards must be surrendered. If the teen held a license or permit in another state, a certified Driving History, dated within the last 30 days, from the issuing state is also required.


Documents Required

An original US birth certificate, certified copy of the US birth certificate (with embossed state seal), US certificate of birth registration, certified copy of court records (for adoption, name changes, etc.), certified naturalization records, immigration card or a Valid Passport must be presented. More identification requirement information can be found here. Hospital issued birth certificates are not acceptable.

Non US citizens must present original, non-expired immigration documents. See the link at the top of the page.

Applicants must know their social security number, but the original social security card is not required. An online verification (first name, last name, date of birth and social security number) with the social security records system is completed prior to issuing the permit. Non citizens may present a Social Security Denial Letter, Form SSA L676 in place of a social security number.

A Georgia DDS Certificate of Attendance (DS ‚Äď 1) form must be signed and notarized by your school. It is only valid for 30 days. If not attending school, applicants under the age of 18 must provide a GED diploma, high school diploma, or proof of enrollment in college. Students enrolled in an approved home school program must present a Certificate of Attendance form from the local Board of Education.


Testing Required

·         The applicant must pass a vision exam.

·         The applicant must pass a two part knowledge exam pertaining to Road Rules and Road Signs. All questions are based on material contained in the Georgia Driver’s Manual.

·         The knowledge exam is conducted on a walk in basis only at all Customer Service Centers. Testing must begin at least 30 minutes before office close time.


The Permit

The permit fee is $10.00, Effective January 5, 2009, the fee must be paid before the test begins; DDS accepts cash, money order, check, or credit/debit cards. The $10 fee is forfeited if you fail the test. The $10 permit fee would be paid again at the next test attempt.

The permit is valid for 24 months.


The permit holder is allowed to drive:

·         With a licensed driver at least 21 years old

·         The licensed driver must be seated in the front seat of the car at all times. 


Driver's License Practice Test

When applying for a GA driver's license or instructional permit, most first-time applicants must take and successfully pass a road signs test and road rules general knowledge test. All information necessary to pass the test is included in the driver's manual. You can test your knowledge with Department of Driver Services' practice test. This practice test will provide you with an idea of the type of questions that will be asked.


To Obtain Your First Driver's License (Class D)

A valid learner's license must be held for one year and one day from its issuance. It must be surrendered at the time of testing.

You must be at least 16 years old.

Effective January 1, 2007, sixteen year olds must be in compliance with Joshua's Law, which requires GA approved Driver’s Education before license issuance. At age 17, Driver’s Education is not required.

For classes completed before July 1, 2007, a completion certificate for the driver’s education course must be presented at the time of the road test.

After July 1, 2007, approved driver’s education schools submit student certificates electronically to DDS, where it is matched to the driver’s license record. A few certificates are unable to be matched to the proper record, so it is suggested that you bring the paper certificate with you to the road test. If the reservations agent has already confirmed the electronic certificate on the driver record, the paper certificate need not be presented.

Appointments for on-the-road tests are highly recommended and may be scheduled up to 90 days in advance. Walk in road tests cannot be guaranteed and may involve lengthy wait time. Have the driver's permit number available when calling. Reservation numbers are:

(678) 413-8400 select option 4 or

Toll-free (866) 754-3687 if dialing from an area code outside the metro-Atlanta area but within Georgia.

Applicants must know their social security number. The number is required to issue a permit.

 At the time of the road test examination, a parent or legal guardian must sign an affidavit that the applicant has completed at least 40 hours of on-the-road driving experience, including at least 6 hours of night driving, with a parent or guardian. The 40 hour requirement is in addition to driving completed with an instructor during an approved driver education class.

If driver's education was completed with an approved school/instructor, the 40 hour affidavit must be signed by the parent/guardian in addition to any driving completed with the driving instructor. The DDS examiner will provide the affidavit for parent/guardian signature at the time of the teen's road test.

If driver’s education was competed with an approved internet/online class, the parent/guardian must also complete the Parent Teen Driving Guide. The last page of this guide is the 40 hour driving affidavit. It may be signed and notarized prior to the teen’s road test, or the parent/guardian may wait to sign in the presence of the DDS examiner, who will notarize the form.

A parent or legal guardian must sign your driver's license application with you. If your application will be signed by your legal guardian rather than your parent, your legal guardian must bring with him/her a certified copy (with an embossed seal from the court) of the court order granting guardianship.

A Georgia DDS Certificate of Attendance form must be signed and notarized from your school. It is only valid for 30 days. All applicants under the age of 18 not enrolled in school must provide a GED diploma, high school diploma, or an attendance form from your local Board of Education if you are enrolled in an approved home school program.


You must have the Alcohol and Drug Awareness Program (ADAP) For more information call (800) 245-4410.

Applicant will be required to pass an eye and a driving test.

The vehicle to be used for the road test must be properly insured; the insurance card, and registration must be presented. The license plate (tag) must be valid (not expired). The vehicle must pass a safety inspection. A rental car may be used only if the person testing is listed as an authorized driver on the rental agreement. A Georgia official dealer tag (silver strip containing date) may be used for the road test within thirty days of purchase date, and original bill of sale papers must be presented.

The license fee is $10.00 cash, money order, check, or credit/debit card.


Source: DMV


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