COVID-19 and Teen Drivers
Please view the most frequently asked questions for Teen Drivers during the COVID-19 Pandemic.
1. Can I take my road test at a driver training school and use it as proof for my license?
You can take your road test at several DDS approved driver training schools around the state, which are referred to as Third-party Testers. HOWEVER, you cannot use that as proof for your license. You would still need to obtain your actual license from DDS. Thirty-six of the 256 DDS approved driver training schools in Georgia are authorized to perform third-party road tests. A complete list of DDS approved Third-party Testers can be found on the DDS website at https://dds.georgia.gov/certified-third-party-testers.
2. How do I schedule my road test or get road test waiver information?
The road test waiver that was previously issued by the Governor’s Executive order signed April 23, 2020, allowed customers to bypass the road test, provided they met ALL other requirements for obtaining a driver’s license. That order was replaced with a new one signed May 12, 2020, which now requires all customers to take and pass a modified contactless road test, that will be administered at DDS Customer Service Centers.
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3. The Governor waived the requirement for teens to have held a valid instructional permit for one year prior to getting their driver’s license, why do I still have to wait one year from the date I received my instructional permit?
The ”one-year” requirement had been waived by the Executive Order on April 23, 2020. That order was replaced with a new one signed May 12, 2020, that repealed that waiver. Thus, in accordance with Georgia law, all customers, under the age of 18, must have held a valid instructional permit for at least one year prior to taking a road test.
4. Will DDS allow teens to take the permit (knowledge) test online?
- Knowledge tests must be conducted at a DDS Customer Service Center by appointment.
- Please schedule your appointment.
5. Must a parent accompany me if I visit a Customer Service Center to upgrade my license?
- Yes, a parent, legal guardian, or a responsible adult must accompany any teen. The responsible adult must also bring documentation proving their relationship. See Responsible Adult for more information.
6. I own/operate a DDS approved driver training school. Is my business considered to be an “essential” service?
DDS does not determine if a regulated program is considered to be essential to critical infrastructure. In his April 2, 2020, Executive Order to Ensure a Safe and Healthy Georgia, Governor Brian Kemp authorized the Georgia Department of Economic Development to issue guidance to any business, corporation, organization, or an industry trade group regarding its status as Critical Infrastructure.