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The basic requirements to become a licensed driver in Georgia are the same for all students under 18 years of age.
Basic Requirements for a Learners Permit
1. Applicant must be at least 15 years of age.
2. Pass Vision Exam.
3. Pass Knowledge Exam.
4. Applicants under age 18 years of age are required to have a parent/guardian, responsible adult or authorized Driver Training Instructor to sign the application for the driver’s license. The signatories also have the authority to request the driver’s license to be revoked at any time before the minor’s 18th birthday.
A homeschool student will need verification of homeschool status. Since attendance is only submitted one time a year now, the Declaration of Intent is now being used. However, it needs the 36 character parent signature. (According to the DOE website) Since we are not required by law to summit our Intent electronically, this could be an issue for some. It seems that the code actually is a confirmation of receipt of the Declaration of Intent sent by the DOE after the parent sends it online. The confirmation has a confirmation code, a long row of numbers and letters, next to the parent signature line. This form with the code is what is being accepted as a certificate of attendance by the drivers license office. Initially, this caused a great deal of confusion. The confusion seems to have calmed down now that we are almost a year into this new process. So, it seems to be going pretty smooth for those getting permits / licenses at this point. My suggestion? If your child is applying for their license re-submit your Declaration of Intent using the GaDOE website. (If you don’t have this code because you used other methods) Upon submitting the Declaration of Intent through the GaDOE website, a Thank You for Your Submission screen will appear. Print/save a copy of the Declaration of Intent with your 36 unique character digital parent signature by selecting “HERE”, in red text. (Thanks! Homeschool compliance .com!)
Documents Required for a Permit (more detailed list at the DDS website – see link below)
Documentation showing your identity, residential address, full social security number, and U.S. citizenship or proof of lawful presence in the United States.
If under age 18 a Certificate of Attendance (DS-1) must be dated within the last 30 days or High School Diploma or GED, is required. (Still on the DSS website – however, see the next sentence) As of July, 1, 2012, all that is needed is the Declaration of Intent with a 36 character parent signature to prove homeschooling status. This document replaces the Certificate of Attendance and should be submitted with all other Driver Service’s required documents to obtain a driving permit or license.
Basic Requirements for a Driver’s License
1. Applicant must be at least 16 years of age.
2. Applicant must have held an Instructional Permit for a minimum one year and a day Permit must also be surrendered at time of testing.
3. No major traffic violations that resulted in the suspension of the Instructional Permit and prohibit issuance of a Class D.
4. A minimum of 40 hours of supervised driving experience with at least 6 hours of driving at night.
5. If 16 years of age, Joshua’s Law Requirements must be satisfied. (see this link for more info. http://www.dds.ga.gov/docs/teen/JoshuaCourseChart.pdf)
6. Pass Vision Exam.
7. Pass applicable Road Skills Test.
8. Applicant under age 18 is required to have parent/guardian, responsible adult or authorized driver training instructor to sign the application for the driver’s license. They also have the authority to request the driver’s license to be revoked at any time before the applicant’s 18th birthday.
Documents Required for a Class D Driver Licence (more detailed list at the DDS website – see link below)
1. Documentation showing your identity, residential address, full social security number, and U.S. citizenship or proof of lawful presence in the United States.
2. Certificate of Attendance (DS-1) dated within the last 30 days or High School Diploma or GED. (Declaration of Intent with a 36 character parent signature)
3. ADAP or eADAP certificate of completion.
4. If Parent Teen Driving Guide was used to satisfy Joshua’s Law “Behind the Wheel” requirement, the following is required: the session checklists; signed 40 hour Driving Log; and the Parent/Teen Driving Agreement.
At age 18, a driver can upgrade a Class D provisional driver’s license to a Class C “under 21″ driver’s license.
If the applicant has not completed a certified Georgia Driver Training/Driver Education course, they cannot obtain a Class D until age 17.
So, how do you go about meeting what seems to be an endless list of requirements? The biggies seem to be meeting the requirements of Joshua’s Law. The easiest way to do this for the homeschooler is both online Drivers Ed training and on the road training with a certified instructor. My son didn’t get his licence until 18 years of age and we avoided all the hassles and paperwork. We did decide to pay for him to have 6 hours of on the road training in preparation for his licence. We did this through Drivers Ed.com. The program is great! They drive to you house and pick your student up. They took Tyler both in daylight and evening, rain and shine, and on side roads and the interstate. The also took him to practice with real cones at the DDS office and a nearby school. This helped him feel far more confident when he went to be tested. In fact, his score was almost perfect once he took the test! He also got to drive a really cute Mini Cooper. (ok… maybe that appealed more to me! Love those cars! LOL) You can also pay them to take you to the test and use their car. Drivers Ed also offers the classroom component as well. The classroom component is required in Georgia. This online method seems to be the easiest! A parent can pay for the classroom part and do the on the road part themselves as another option. http://www.dds.ga.gov/docs/forms/40Hour_ParentTeen_DrivingGuide.pdf For this method you keep up with the hours yourself as you teen practices. This chart helps you wade through it all and shows all the combinations. http://www.dds.ga.gov/docs/teen/JoshuaCourseChart.pdf
Hopefully, this helped you out a bit wading through all the laws for new teen drivers in Ga. If in doubt, always visit the Department of Driver Services and the Department of Education (see links below) for the most up to date information!
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