What restrictions apply to new and teen drivers with a GA drivers license? Georgia

GA Teen Driver License Restrictions

In the state of Georgia, teens younger than 18 are eligible only for a restricted Class D drivers license. Class D license restrictions are as follows:

  • You can only drive between the hours of 6 a.m. and 12 a.m.
  • During the first six months, you cannot drive with passengers other than immediate family members.
  • During the second six months, only one passenger other than immediate family is permitted.
  • After 12 months, up to three passengers other than immediate family is allowed.

Preliminary Steps for a Class D License

In order to obtain a Class D license, you must first obtain a learners permit. According to the Teenage & Adult Driver Responsibility Act (TADRA), you must hold a drivers permit for one year and one day before applying for an intermediate license.

In addition, completion of the following steps is required of all drivers younger than 18:

  1. Completion of a drivers education course.
  2. Completion of 40 hours drive time, to include six hours of night driving.
  3. Completion of the Alcohol and Drug Awareness Program (ADAP).
Contact the GA Department of Driver Services (DDS) for a list of approved drivers education courses and the ADAP class schedule.

GA Department of Driver Services
Post Office Box 80447
Conyers, GA 30013
(678) 413-8400

Obtaining a Class D License

Once you have completed the preliminary steps, you can apply for a Class D license by submitting the following to your local Customer Service Center:

  • Initial driving permit.
  • Signed drivers education affidavit.
  • ADAP card.
  • Certificate of School Attendance, or a copy of your GED.
  • $10 license application fee.
The DDS does not require an appointment for your driving test, but an appointment is recommended, as they can not guarantee the availability of a driving test for walk-ins. Appointments can be made up to 90 days in advance.

Prior to the driving test, you will have to complete a second vision test, and submit proof of your vehicle’s insurance and registration. Rental vehicles are not permitted for GA driving tests.

If You Fail


In the case of a failed driving test, you can retake the test the next day, provided it is the first time you failed the test. If you fail a second time, you can retake the test in seven days. Applicants who fail a third time must wait 30 days to retake the test.

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