Teen Driving Laws FAQs

Most frequently asked questions for Teen Drivers. 

  • 1. What is TADRA?

    TADRA is the acronym used to refer to Georgia’s Teenage and Adult Driver Responsibility Act. TADRA is a graduated driver's license program for young drivers ages 15 to 18. It was established in Georgia by a collaborative effort of highway safety advocates, legislators, law enforcement officials, educators, businesses, and media in the wake of a high number of fatal vehicle crashes involving young, inexperienced drivers.

    View the Download this pdf file. TADRA Brochure for more information.

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  • 2. What are the three steps of the graduated licensing program?

    Step 1 – Learner's Permit (Class CP): a Georgia Learner’s Permit is granted to applicants that are at least 15 years old and have successfully passed a knowledge test consisting of road rules and road signs. Drivers with a Learner’s Permit must be accompanied by an individual that is at least 21 years old. This individual must possess a valid Class C driver’s license, sit next to the driver in the vehicle, and be able to take control of the vehicle if necessary.

    Step 2 – Intermediate Provisional License (Class D):  a Class D Georgia driver’s license is granted to applicants either 16 or 17 years old. The applicant must have held a Georgia Learner’s Permit for 12 months and one day. They also must have not committed any major traffic violations, and have successfully passed a road skills test. A Class D Georgia driver’s license has certain conditions, which are outlined in Question #5.

    Step 3 – Full License (Class C): a Class C Georgia driver’s license is granted to drivers 18 years old or older that have had no major traffic convictions in the last 12 months.

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  • 3. What are the restrictions associated with Class D Georgia driver’s license?
    • 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.

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  • 4. I’m 17 years old and possess a Class D Georgia driver’s license. Do the curfew and passenger conditions still apply to me?

    Yes. The restrictions associated with a Class D Georgia Driver’s License are based on the class of license, not the age of the driver.

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  • 5. I’m 18 years old and still possess my Class D Georgia driver’s license. Do the curfew and passenger restrictions still apply to me?

    Yes. The conditions associated with a Class D Georgia driver’s license are based on the class of license, not the age of the driver. Drivers 18 or older that have had no major traffic convictions in the last 12 months may apply in person or online for a Class C Georgia driver’s license. DDS Online Services are available twenty-fours a day and seven days a week.  You can also download the DDS 2 Go Mobile App

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  • 6. I’m 17 years old and I don’t have a Learner’s Permit or Class D Georgia driver’s license. When can I get my Class C Georgia driver’s license?

    You are eligible to apply for a Class C Georgia driver’s license once you reach age 18. Remember, however, that when you apply for a Class C Georgia driver’s license, you will be required to swear or affirm under penalty of law that you have 40 hours of supervised driving experience, 6 hours of which are at night. You will also be required to successfully pass a knowledge test consisting of road rules and road signs.

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  • 7. What is Joshua’s Law and how does it affect teen drivers?

    Joshua’s Law was enacted in 2005. Among other things, it requires all teens under the age of 17 that apply for a Class D Georgia driver’s license on or after January 1, 2007, to show proof that they successfully completed a DDS-approved driver education course from a Certified Driver Training School

    More on Joshua's Law Requirements.

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  • 8. What is a certified driver education course?

    An certified driver education course is one that has been certified by the Georgia Department of Driver Services (DDS) for purposes of enabling teens to obtain their Class D Georgia Driver’s license at age 16. Georgia’s driver education program is comprised of two components—a theoretical component and a practical component. The theoretical component consists of a minimum of 30 hours of instruction, which teens can acquire either in a classroom environment or via the web through any of the DDS-approved online courses. The practical, or behind-the-wheel component, can be obtained under the supervision of a DDS-licensed instructor or through use of the complimentary  Download this pdf file. DDS Parent/Teen Driving Guide .

     

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  • 9. Will I get a reduction in my auto insurance premiums when my child completes an approved driver education course?

    Georgia law allows insurance companies to offer reductions in automobile insurance premiums to customers that complete a driver education course. We recommend that you speak with your insurance agent.

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  • 10. Where can I find an certified driver education course?
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  • 11. I’m 17 years old. If I take driver education, can I get my Class D license before I’ve had my Learner’s Permit for a year?

    No. One of the statutory requirements for obtaining a Class D Georgia driver’s license is that the applicant must have held an unexpired Learner’s Permit for at least 12 months and one day prior to application for the Class D Georgia driver’s license.

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  • 12. What is “supervised driving” and do I need a log for supervised driving?

    “Supervised driving” refers to driving experience obtained under the supervision of an individual that is at least 21 years old. The individual must possess an unexpired Class C driver’s license. This individual must sit next to the driver at all times while he or she is driving, and be capable of exercising control over the vehicle if necessary. No log is required for supervised driving. However, at the time application is made for a Class D driver’s license, a parent, guardian, or duly authorized DDS-certified driver education instructor will be required to swear or affirm under penalty of law that the applicant received 40 hours of supervised driving, 6 hours of which was at night.

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  • 13. What if my child had driver education in another state and just moved to Georgia?

    To get a Class D Georgia driver’s license, they must prove completion of a Certified Driver Training School driver education program. However, if your child has parents in the active U.S. military service, they can use their out of state driver’s education certificate if it is within 9 months of their 16th birthday.

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