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. 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.
If you are younger than 18 years old, you must additionally:
- Have your parent or guardian sign an affidavit confirming that you have driven at least 40 practice hours (including 6 hours at night) with a parent or guardian; a DDS examiner will provide the affidavit on test day
- Provide a drivers education completion certificate, if applicable
- 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
- 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 graduate to a regular Class C license and mind the following restrictions:
- No driving between midnight and 6 a.m.
- For the first 6 months, your only passengers can be immediate family members
- For the second 6 months, you can only have 1 non-family member younger than 21 years old as a passenger
- After the second 6 months, you can have no more than 3 non-family members younger than 21 years old 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 8 year license.