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Get a Drivers License in Georgia

To graduate your instructional 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 instructional permit for at least 12 months
  • Completed a driver's education course
  • 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 under 18 years old, you must additionally:

  • Have your parent or guardian sign an affidavit confirming that you have driven at least 40 hours or practice (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 driving affidavit for 40 hours of practice driving. 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 DS-1) 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:

  • You may only drive between 6 a.m. and midnight.
  • For the first 6 months, your only passengers can be immediate family members
  • For the second 6 months, you can only have 1 passenger who is a non-family member younger than 21 years old.
  • After the second 6 months, you can have no more than 3 passengers who are non-family members younger than 21 years old.

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 license valid for 5 years or 8 years.

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