Drivers Ed: How Does it Work in Georgia

New drivers in Georgia may take classes in-person or online at a state-approved training site. The education program itself is comprised of two parts: A theoretical or classroom portion and a hands-on component. The classroom instruction must meet a 30-hour minimum of instruction time, which can be done at the approved training site or online. The practical component has to be completed with either a state-approved instructor or with a parent using the DDS Parent/Teen Driving Guide. Georgia has created a tagline to help new drivers remember the training requirements, calling the program "30 and 6", to denote 30 hours of instruction in a classroom environment and at least six hours of behind-the-wheel training. The state also has what is known locally as "Joshua's Law". It requires that all 16-year-olds that are applying for a provisional license meet certain requirements. They must have completed a driver education course and have met the hands-on training requirements.

Online Drivers Ed Programs in Georgia

  • Georgia's motor vehicle department has a website that lists all available online and in-person training programs.
  • Awesome Driving School. Don't let the name fool you, Awesome Driving School is just as rigorous as the other, non-awesome programs. The $29.95 training can be done from any computer, tablet, or mobile device, and comes with a 100 percent pass rate guarantee. It can also be completed at any time of day, which makes it ideal for after school use. Awesome Driving School also offers programs for traffic violation training and practice permit tests.
  • Advance Driving Academy. Advance Driving Academy offers online training for $69, but unlike some of the others on our list, the program has to be completed from a desktop computer. The benefit of using this program is that the company offers the ability to mix online and in-person training to allow the new driver to complete their entire "30 and 6" curriculum for one price ($399).
  • Safe2Drive. Safe2Drive is a national company that offers state-compliant training across the country. In Georgia, the program costs just $24.95, and comes with the ability to access 24 hours a day from any device. The course is laid out in a step-by-step format that makes tracking progress very easy. This program recommends the use of the Parent/Teen driving guide to complete the hands-on portion of training.
  • Just Drive Right. Just Drive Right offers programs for teens and adults that start at $29.95 for online training. The training can be completed at any pace and can be used until the new driver passes the course. The company offers a mixed online and in-person program that runs $295, and can be completed with a female trainer, if requested.
  • Just Driver Training. Just Driver Training has a wide variety of courses for adults, teens, and remedial needs. Its online program can be taken at any time and at any pace. The online course starts at $95. Training is offered with an audio option for people that like to take notes, and the company has support staff on hand to help with technical difficulties.

Getting a Learner's Permit in Georgia

When a teen reached the age of 15, they can apply for a Georgia Instructional Permit (CP). They must pass a vision exam and a knowledge exam prior to being issued the permit. Applicants under the age of 18 must have a parent, guardian, or other responsible adult on hand to sign the application. The adult also has the ability to request that the CP be revoked at any time before the applicant's 18th birthday. Obtaining a learner's permit in Georgia allows the driver to operate a standard passenger vehicle when accompanied by a licensed driver who is at least 21 years of age.

Other requirements include:

Documentation of identity, which includes a residential address, full social security number, and proof of citizenship or lawful status in the United States

  • New Georgia residents must surrender any out of state driver's permits or licenses
  • A school enrollment form must be completed and notarized by the applicant's school
  • If under 18 and not enrolled in school, the applicant must provide proof of a high school diploma, GED, or other education certificate
  • Applicants must pay a $10 permit fee

Getting a Driver's License in Georgia

When a teen reaches the age of 16 and has held an instructional permit for at least one year and a day, they can apply for a provisional driver's license. The new driver must not have had any major traffic violations during the time they were driving with an instructional permit and must have completed 40 hours of supervised driving with at least six of those hours having taken place at night.

Other requirements include:

  • Passing a vision exam
  • Passing a road skills test
  • Provide proof of identity and residency

Once the provisional license has been obtained, there are restrictions on how and when the new driver can be behind the wheel.

Georgia Drivers Ed FAQ

Q: At what age can I start driver's ed in Georgia?

A: At the age of 16, drivers can get a provisional learner's permit. A year and a day later, they can apply for a provisional driver's license.

Q: Are there restrictions on provisional driver's licenses in Georgia?

A: Yes: On a provisional license, you cannot drive between midnight and 5 AM. Only immediate family members may ride in the vehicle with the new driver for the first six months. Only one passenger under the age of 21 may ride in the vehicle with the new driver for the second six months. After one year, only three passengers may ride in the vehicle.

Q: How much does driver's ed cost in Georgia?

A: Online courses vary between $29.95 and $95 and offer various levels of online instruction, but that doesn't take into account the required driving instruction time. Georgia requires that all 16 year olds applying for a license complete 40 hours of supervised driving, 6 hours of which must be at night.

Q: Can I avoid driver's ed completely?

A: Yes, but not at the age of 16. 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.