DDS is providing limited driver services by Appointment Only. All customers must schedule an appointment when visiting a center.
How Do I Get My First Driver's License?
The Class D Provisional Driver's License is the 1st Driver's License for Drivers less than 18 years of age. This license has restrictions.
For Drivers 18 and Over, you can obtain a Class C license without restrictions.
- Applicants must be at least 16 years of age.
- Applicants must have held an Instructional Permit (CP) for a minimum of one year and a day. Permit must also be surrendered at the time of testing.
- Applicants cannot have any major traffic violations that resulted in the suspension of the Instructional Permit and prohibit the issuance of a Class D.
- A minimum of 40 hours of supervised driving experience with at least 6 hours of driving at night is required.
- If 16 years of age, Joshua's Law Requirements must be satisfied.
- Applicants must be able to pass a Vision Exam
- Applicants must be prepared to take the applicable Road Skills Test.
- All applicants must schedule a Road Test Appointment.
- Applicants under age 18 are required to have Parent/Guardian, Responsible Adult or Authorized Driver Training Instructor to sign the application for the driver's license at the time of your visit. See Signature on Application of Minor for more information.
- If you are new to Georgia, you must surrender any out of state driver's license/permit/ID card.
- If the applicant was previously issued a driver's license/permit/ID card in another state, and that card has been lost or stolen, the applicant must provide a certified copy of his or her driving record or motor vehicle report from the state that issued the card. The MVR must be dated within the last 30 days. The DDS does not accept un-certified copies printed from websites, but a fax may be sent to the DDS directly from the other state agency.
- Applicants under age 18 are required to have Parent/Guardian, Responsible Adult or Authorized Driver Training Instructor to sign the application for the driver's license. The Responsible Adult must provide paperwork to show their relationship.
- A Georgia DDS Certificate of School Enrollment (DS-1) must be signed and notarized from the applicant’s school. It is only valid for 30 days.
- ADAP or eADAP certificate of completion.
- All applicants under the age of 18 not enrolled in school must provide a high school diploma, GED, special diploma, certification of high school completion, or proof of enrollment in a GED program or a post-secondary school.
- All applicants are required to fill out an application form.
NOTE: All documents must be in English.
Conditions and Restrictions
May not drive between the hours of 12:00 midnight and 5:00 a.m, no exceptions.
During the first six (6) months following issuance, only immediate family members can ride in the vehicle.
During the second six (6) months, following issuance, only one (1) passenger under 21 years of age and who is not a member of the driver’s immediate family can ride in the vehicle.
After one year from the date of issuance, only 3 passengers under 21 years of age and who are not members of the driver's immediate family can ride in the vehicle.
At age 18, a driver can upgrade a Class D provisional driver's license to a Class C "under 21" driver’s license. An Upgrade from D to C can be done using Online Services or by downloading the DDS 2 GO Mobile App.
If the applicant has not completed a certified Georgia Driver Training/Driver Education course, he/she cannot obtain a Class D license until age 17. The DDS accepts out-of-state Driver Training certificates of completion from military dependents who move to Georgia within nine (9) months of their sixteenth (16th) birthday. The parent's Military Orders are required for proof of active military service.
- Class D Fee = $10.00. See FEES and TERMS - for more information.
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