This Step: Get a Drivers License
Get a Drivers License in Georgia
To graduate your learner’s permit to a provisional Class D Georgia driver’s license or a regular Class C license, you must:
- Be at least 16 years old
- Have held a learner’s permit (learner’s license) for at least 12 months and one day
- Pass a road test
- Pass an eye test
A) Make an Appointment
The state highly recommends road test appointments, but it isn’t mandatory that you make one. You can schedule your driving test up to 90 days in advance or test your luck with a walk-in. Just know that a walk-in road test can’t be guaranteed, especially when there are long lines. Have your driver’s permit number handy when calling.
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B) Take the Road Test
Before taking the road test, all applicants must provide:
- Your Social Security number
- A license fee (cash, money order, check or credit/debit card)
- Proof of insurance and valid registration*
*You must also provide the road test vehicle. The state will run a safety inspection and also check that your car properly insured, your registration is current and that your license plate (tag) is valid and not expired. You can also use a rental car if you are listed as the authorized driver on the rental agreement, or you can provide a Georgia official dealer tag (silver strip containing date) within 30 days of your purchase date plus original bill of sale papers.
If you are younger than 18, you must additionally:
- Have your parent or guardian sign an affidavit confirming that you have driven at least 40 practice hours (including six at night) with a parent or guardian; a DDS examiner will provide the affidavit on test day
- Provide a drivers education completion certificate (not required if you are 17 or older)
- Provide a signed and notarized 40-hour driving affidavit if you completed driver’s ed online; this is located on the last page of the Parent Teen Driving Guide
- Have your parent or legal guardian sign your driver’s license application with you; legal guardians must present a certified copy (with an embossed seal from the court) of the court order granting guardianship
- Provide a signed and notarized Georgia DDS Certificate of Attendance form from your school; if you are younger than 18 and not enrolled in school, you 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
- Present your Alcohol and Dug Awareness Program (ADAP) card
Get Your Provisional Class D License―Younger than 18
Pass the road test, and you’ll receive a Class D provisional license. Hang on to this until you turn 18 (when you can graduate to a regular Class C license) and mind the following restrictions:
- No driving between midnight and 6 a.m.
- For the first six months, your only passengers can be immediate family members
- For the second six months, you can only have one non-family member younger than 21 years old as a passenger
- After the second six-month period, you can have no more than three non-family members younger than 21 as passengers
Get Your Regular Class C License―18 and Older
Once you pass the road test, you’ll receive a regular Class C license. Your fee payment allows you to either obtain a 5 years or eight-year license.