The Georgia Graduated Driver’s License Program Made Simple
The Georgia GDL program allows teens to start practice driving at age 15, but be aware that you may only move forward in the program if you do not receive a conviction for certain violations for at least 12 months. These violations include –
- Eluding a police officer
- Drag racing
- Drunk driving
- Hit and run
- Reckless driving
- Having 4 or more points assessed for any moving violation
Also, you must complete an approved driver’s education course to get a Class D license if you are under 17. You must also be enrolled in public or private school, or your parent must certify that you are actively home schooled.
You can apply for your one-year learner’s permit when you turn 15. While holding the permit, you must accumulate at least 40 hours of practice driving while being supervised by a parent, legal guardian, or certified driving instructor aged 21 or older. Keep in mind that six of those 40 hours are to be driven at night.
At age 16, after having your permit for one year plus one day, you are eligible for your intermediate license. While holding this restricted license, you are prohibited from –
- Driving after midnight or before 6:00 a.m.
- Transporting any passengers who aren’t immediate family members for the first 180 days of licensure
- Transporting more than one non-family member who is under the age of 21 for the second six months of licensure
- Transporting more than three non-family members who are under 21 for the duration of licensure
If you have no incurred any major traffic convictions in 12 months, you can apply for an unrestricted license with full privileges.