Joshua's Law Requirements
Teen Driver Education
Senate Bill 226 also known as "Joshua's Law” was passed requiring all 16-year-olds, applying for a Class D License, must complete an approved driver education course AND complete a total of 40 hours of supervised driving, 6 hours of which must be at night, with a parent or guardian's sworn verification that these driving requirements have been met. Any Georgia student who has not completed an approved driver education course must wait until age 17 to be eligible for a Class D driver's license. He or she must still complete a total of at least 40 hours of supervised driving, including at least 6 hours at night. The same verification in writing by a parent or guardian is required.
With the passage of SB 226 (Joshua's Law) by the 2005 Georgia General Assembly, the Georgia Driver Education Commission was created. The Commission has been meeting on a regular basis to review various methods of driver training for a comprehensive accessible, affordable and effective method of driver education available for students throughout the state.
The Commission has approved the following driver education methods:
Public school (30 hours) classroom (virtual or instructor) and (6 hours) private behind the wheel training (students will also need an additional 40 hours of supervised driving)
Public school (30 hours) classroom (virtual or instructor) and parent taught behind the wheel (The parent taught is a 40 hour comprehensive driving course)
Virtual (30 hours) classroom and (6 hours) private behind the wheel training (students will also need an additional 40 hours of supervised driving)
Virtual (30 hours) classroom and (40 hour) parent taught behind the wheel (The parent taught is a 40 hour comprehensive driving course)
ALL STUDENTS MUST HAVE 6 HOURS OF SUPERVISED DRIVING AT NIGHT.
The traditional driver training courses approved by the Department of Driver Services (DDS) are currently offered by various high schools and private driving schools; the prices generally start around $250. DDS has also approved virtual on line programs. Students do not need a learner's permit for the classroom course or the virtual program; however, they will need to hold a learner's permit for 1 year and 1 day prior to being issued a Class D license. A learner’s permit is required for the behind-the-wheel driving. Students can complete their supervised driving hours concurrent to taking a driver’s education class provided that they have a learner's permit.