Joshua's Law Requirements

Teen Driver Education - Senate Bill 226 also known as "Joshua's Law" requires 16 and 17 years old to do the following to get a Georgia Driver’s License:

If you are 16 years of age applying for a Class D License:

You must complete an approved driver education course with a certified private or public driver training school using one of the following methods. 

Note: You must complete each item in the method you choose.

  • Method 1
    • 30 hours of classroom instruction
    • 6 hours behind the wheel training at the certified school
    • 40 hours of supervised driving with a parent or guardian (6 hours of the 40 hours must be at night)
  • Method 2
    • 30 hours of classroom instruction at the certified school
    • 40 hours parent-taught behind-the-wheel training. Use the Parent/Teen Driving Guide (a 40-hour comprehensive driving course)
  • Method 3
    • 30 hours of online instruction with a certified virtual program
    • 6 hours behind the wheel training at a certified school
    • 40 hours of supervised driving with a parent or guardian (6 hours of the 40 hours must be at night)
  • Method 4
    • 30 hours of online instruction with a certified virtual program
    • 40 hours of parent-taught behind-the-wheel training. Use the Parent/Teen Driving Guide (a 40-hour comprehensive driving course)
If you are 17 years of age, applying for a Class D License:

You must complete a total of 40 hours of supervised driving. 6 hours of the 40 hours must be at night.

Please keep in mind:
  • The DDS approved driver education courses are offered by various high schools and private driving schools. Prices generally start around $250. DDS has also approved virtual online programs. See Certified Driver Training Schools for a list of approved schools.
  • All teens must hold a learner's permit for 1 year and 1 day before being issued a Class D license. A learner’s permit is required for the behind-the-wheel training.
  • A driving log is not required for supervised driving or parent-taught behind-the-wheel training. But, a parent or guardian must be present when applying for the license at DDS. The parent will be required to attest to the teen’s completion of this training.
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