New Driver Training Rule Amendments

February 18, 2016

The Georgia Department of Driver Services is pleased to announce that the administrative rule amendments regarding the usability of Driver Training (DT) Vehicles are now effective. The changes were made in an effort to foster consistency and uniformity within our regulations. The following rules became effective on February 8, 2016:

  • DT Rule 375-5-2-.18(1)(b) Insurance and Safety Requirements. Amended
  • DT Rule 375-5-2-.18(1)(a) Insurance and Safety Requirements. Amended
  • DT Rule 375-5-2-.18(2)(a) Insurance and Safety Requirements. Amended

The purpose of the first two amendments is to extend the usability of Driver Training Vehicles and establish a mileage limitation. The previous Driver Training Rules stipulated that DT behind the wheel vehicles “shall be ten (10) years old or less” and the range vehicles “shall be thirteen (13) years old or less.” These amendments extend the usability of behind the wheel vehicles to twelve (12) years old or less or have a mileage limit of 300,000 (whichever comes first). The usability of range vehicles will remain at 13 years old or less or will have a mileage limit of 325,000 (whichever comes first).

The purpose of the third amendment is to increase the self-certification mileage requirement for Driver Training Vehicles. The previous Driver Training Rules stipulated that schools could self-certify any “vehicle bought as new from a licensed dealer and having less than 3,000 miles.” This amendment increases the self-certification mileage to 10,000 miles.

These amendments allow a more cost effective solution for schools while maintaining vehicle safety requirements.

For the specific verbiage please see Rule: 375-5-2.18. The Department’s staff looks forward to assisting and answering any questions you may have. We can be reached by phone at 678-413-8745 or via e-mail at  reginfo@dds.ga.gov.

Thank you for helping to enhance the integrity of our regulated driver safety programs.