Licensing Process

To get your driver’s license in Georgia, you’ll move through three licensing stages. As you progress, you’ll also need your parents’ permission at each step.

Instructional Permit

At age 15, you can apply for an instructional permit in the state of Georgia. You must pass the written and vision tests, and have a signed parent consent form.

With an instructional permit, you may only drive with a licensed driver age 21 or older who has a valid driver’s license or older supervising and sitting in the front seat. You must complete 40 hours of practice driving (6 of which must be at night) with a parent or guardian.  You must also take a 30-hour “Joshua’s Law” driving course and 6 hours of behind-the-wheel training.  AAA’s 30-hour online driving course is approved by the Georgia Division of Driver Services and satisfies the 30-hour classroom requirement.

Intermediate/ Provisional Driver’s License

When you turn 16 and have had an instructional permit for at least 1 year without any traffic violations, passed a behind-the-wheel driving test, completed a vision test and complete and provided proof of practice driving time, you can apply for this intermediate license.  You must also have completed the required driver education course approved by the Department of Driver Services.  A legal guardian must accompany you to the DMV to sign the application form, or their signature must be notarized on the form. If you do not complete an approved driver’s education course, you cannot obtain an intermediate license until age 17.

When you have an intermediate license you may not drive between 12 a.m. and 5 a.m.  For the first 6 months, you cannot drive a motor vehicle when any other passenger in the vehicle is not a member of your immediate family.   For the second 6 months, you cannot drive a motor vehicle with more than one other passenger in the vehicle (who is not a member of the driver’s immediate family) less than age 21.  After 12 months, you cannot drive a motor vehicle with more than three other passengers in the vehicle (who are not members of the driver’s immediate family) less than age 21.

Full License

At age 18, you can obtain a full unrestricted driver’s license if you have had no major traffic convictions during the previous 12 months. Such violations include driving under the influence, drag racing

Now is a good time to set up a parent-teen driving agreement to help you and your parents establish expectations related to both their rules and those of the state.

Licensing Authority

The Georgia Department of Driver Services is in charge of licensing for all drivers in the state.

  • Conducts the written exam and road test for your instructional permit and intermediate license.
  • Provides study materials to help you get ready for the exams.
  • Keeps track of your license status and can suspend your license if you get too many tickets, don’t keep insurance on your car or commit other violations.
  • Parent-Teen Driving Agreement – Signing a formal agreement with your parents helps in multiple ways.
  • Driver-ZED – Offered by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, Driver-ZED is a computer-based program to help you practice driving on your PC.