What are the steps to get my license in Georgia?
While it is possible to obtain your permit before beginning your driver’s education, you are not required to have your permit before beginning the course. You are required to obtain your permit before completing the course, however, and we will need the permit number in order to issue your certificate.
Although you are able to test for and obtain your permit before completing a Drivers Ed course, we recommend at least starting your course and reviewing the GA Drivers Manual before taking your Road Rules and Road Signs tests!
Phase 1: Georgia Learners Permit (Class CP)
- ● You must be at least 15 years of age.
- ● Under Joshua’s Law, eligible Georgia teen drivers 16 and under are required to take a 30-hour drivers ed course before applying for their license along with 40 hours of behind-the-wheel training, 6 of which must be at night.
- ● Georgia drivers 17 and older are only required to take the 40-hour behind-the-wheel training.
- ● You must have the Alcohol and Drug Awareness Program (ADAP) card.
- ● There will be a written examination that you must pass. If you do (and therefore receive your permit), you must have a licensed (Class C) adult over the age of 21 with you while driving.
- ● You must also pass a vision exam.
Phase 2: Provisional Georgia Drivers License (Class D)
When a driver has held an instructional drivers permit for 12 months and is at least 16 years of age, he or she can apply for their Georgia intermediate drivers license. To earn this type of drivers license, there is a driving test they must pass. Once the intermediate license has been acquired, the intermediate drivers license holder may only drive under the following conditions:
- ● The first 6 months: you may only have immediate family members as passengers
- ● The second 6 months after receipt of license: you may only drive 1 non-family passenger under 21 years of age
- ● One year (12 months) after receipt of license: you may drive a maximum of 3 non-family passengers under the age of 21
- ● You may not drive between the hours of 12 a.m. and 5 a.m.
Phase 3: Full Georgia Drivers License (Class C)
As long as an intermediate driver has kept their Georgia Class D license free of major traffic violations for one full year (12 months), they will be issued their full Class C Georgia drivers license. You must be at least 18 years old to receive your full license.