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Class C Instructional Permit (CP)

For first-time issuance of a Class C Instructional Permit (CP), you must meet all requirements to obtain a Secure DL/ID if you have not already done so. See Secure ID for complete requirements.

Obtaining a Class C Instructional Permit (CP)

Upon reaching age 15, or anytime thereafter, you may apply for a Class C Instructional Permit (CP). The following information will help you prepare for your visit to a DDS Customer Service Center:

  • You will be required to present documents verifying your identity, U.S. citizenship or lawful presence, and Georgia residency as explained on See Secure ID;
  • You must present proof of your Social Security Number or your ineligibility to obtain a Social Security Number. See Secure ID for a list of acceptable documents;
  • If you are under age 18, you will be required to present proof of satisfaction of school attendance and conduct requirements as explained on the Teen Driving page;
  • If you are under age 18, a parent or legal guardian will have to sign the application, thereby giving their consent for you to obtain a permit. The individual who signs your application may, for any reason, revoke your permit until you reach the age of 18;
  • You will be required to pass a vision test. Your eyes will be tested by means of a mechanical device;
  • You will be required to pass a knowledge exam related to Road Signs and Road Rules. Please here for more information related to the knowledge exam;
  • The test fee is $10.00 and must be paid prior to testing. If any part of the test is failed, no refund will be issued. The permit fee must be paid prior to every testing attempt.

Conditions of a Class C Instructional Permit (CP)

  • Once issued a Class C Instructional Permit (CP), you may operate any Class C vehicle when accompanied by a person at least 21 years of age who is licensed to drive a Class C vehicle, who is fit and capable of exercising control over the vehicle, and who is occupying a seat beside the driver;
  • C Instructional Permits (CP) are valid for up to 2 years.

Class D Provisional License

For first-time issuance of a Class D License, you must meet all requirements to obtain a Secure DL/ID if you have not already done so. See Secure ID for complete requirements.

Obtaining a Class D Provisional License

Upon reaching the age of 16, and after having held a valid instructional permit for one year and one day, you may apply for a Class D provisional license. The following information will help you prepare for your visit to a DDS Customer Service Center:

  • You must surrender your Class C Instructional Permit (CP) or affirm on your application that you are unable to surrender the permit. See here for details concerning lost licenses and permits;
  • You will be required to present proof of satisfaction of school attendance and conduct requirements as explained on the Teen Driving page;
  • You must present proof of completion of the Alcohol and Drug Awareness Program (ADAP). This program is taught in most schools, and is also available online. For information about ADAP, you may visit www.dds.ga.gov, or call (800) 245-4410;
  • A parent or legal guardian will have to sign the application, thereby giving their consent for you to obtain a license. The individual who signs your application may, for any reason, revoke your license until you reach the age of 18;
  • You must satisfy the Driver Education Requirements listed below;
  • You must pass a road test designed to evaluate your ability to safely operate a motor vehicle. For more information, see Road Test.

Driver Education Requirements

  • To obtain a Class D license at the age of 16 you must complete a driver education course approved by DDS. An approved driver education course consists of:
  • either 30 hours of classroom instruction OR completion of an equivalent online virtual course;

AND

  • 6 hours of on-the-road experience with a certified instructor OR completion of the DDS approved Parent-Teen Driving Guide;
  • You must also have completed a cumulative total of at least forty hours of other driving experience, including at least six hours at night. Completion of the DDS approved Parent-Teen Driving Guide will serve as an affidavit certifying that this requirement has been met.

NOTE

  • if the teen obtains the on-the-road component of driver’s education from a certified instructor, a separate document affirming that this requirement has been met must be completed at the time of the road test.
  • If you have not completed the driver education requirements, you cannot obtain a class D license until you reach the age of 17. For information on approved driver education courses and to download the Parent-Teen Driving Guide, see the DDS website, www.dds.ga.gov.

Conditions of a Class D Provisional License

  • A Class D license holder may not drive between the hours of 12:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. – NO EXCEPTIONS;
  • During the first six months following issuance, only immediate family mem­bers may ride in the vehicle. ‘Immediate family member’ includes the driver’s parents and step-parents, grandparents, siblings and step-siblings, children, and any other person who resides at the driver’s residence;
  • During the second six months following issuance, only one passen­ger under 21 years of age who is not a member of the driver’s immediate family may ride in the vehicle;
  • After the first and second six-month periods, only three passengers under 21 years of age who are not members of the driver’s immediate family may ride in the vehicle;
  • A Class D license holder must, for the 12 months preceding application for their class C license, be free from any convictions for major traffic violations that result in the mandatory suspension of a driver’s license.

Class C License

For first-time issuance of a Class C License, you must meet all requirements to obtain a Secure DL/ID if you have not already done so. See Secure ID for complete requirements.

Obtaining a Class C License – Exchanging a Class D license

A Class D license holder may apply for a Class C license upon reaching the age of 18. The applicant must have held a valid Class D license for one year and one day without having been convicted of any major traffic violations in the 12 months preceding his/her application. Upon surrender of the Class D license or affirmation on the application that the customer is unable to surrender the license, the applicant will be issued a Class C license at the cost of $20 for a 5 year license or $32 for an 8 year license. No other documentation or testing is required for U.S. citizens. See here for details concerning lost licenses and permits.

Obtaining a Class C License – Exchanging a Class C Instructional Permit (CP)

A Class C Instructional Permit (CP) holder may apply for a Class C license only if he or she has reached the age of 18.

To obtain a Class C license, you must surrender your previously issued Class C Instructional Permit (CP) or affirm on your application that you are unable to surrender the permit. You must also pass a road test designed to evaluate your ability to safely operate a motor vehicle. For more information, see Road Test. Upon surrender of the Class C Instructional Permit (CP) or affirmation on the application that you are unable to surrender the permit, you will be issued a Class C license at the cost of $20 for a 5 year license or $32 for a 8 year license. You must verify that you have completed 40 hours of supervised road driving which includes six hours of night driving. See here for details concerning lost licenses and permits.

Obtaining a Class C License – Applicant Is Not Currently Licensed

If you are at least 18 years of age and would like to apply for a driver’s license in Georgia for the first time, you have two options:

  • Immediately apply for a Class C driver’s license. You must meet all documentation requirements listed at Secure ID, and successfully complete the knowledge and road test examinations. You must also sign an affidavit affirming that you have completed 40 hours of supervised road driving which includes 6 hours of night driving;
  • Apply for a Class CP instructional permit, which allows you to obtain practical driving experience under the supervision of a licensed driver. If you would like more information related to a Class CP instructional permit, please see above.

State ID Card

For first-time issuance of a State ID Card, you must meet all requirements to obtain a Secure DL/ID if you have not already done so. See Secure ID for complete requirements.

A State of Georgia ID Card may be obtained at any Customer Service Center. The cost of this card varies depending on the type of card obtained.

  • A 5-year ID card is $20, and an 8-year ID card is $32;
  • All previous ID cards must be surrendered;
  • If you no longer have possession of your previous driver’s license/ID card/permit to surrender, you must provide a certified copy of your Motor Vehicle Report (MVR), from the previous state.

Upon submission of a referral from a DDS-approved non-profit agency, the applicant will be permitted to obtain a five-year ID card at a cost of $5.00. For further information concerning this option, contact us by calling (678) 413-8400 or toll free at (866) 754-3687 if calling from outside the metro Atlanta area.

A special ID card for persons with permanent disabilities is available for a term of five years at a cost of $5.00. A card for persons with temporary disabilities is also available for a term of six (6) months at a cost of $5.00. This card serves as proof of the need for special transportation services, seating accommodations, and other facilities for the handicapped. Verification from a licensed physician may be required to obtain a permanent Handicap ID, and is always required to obtain or extend a temporary Handicap ID. The fee for this card is waived for those who meet the qualifications listed on this page for a veteran’s driver’s license.

Customers can also have the handicap symbol placed on any other type of license, permit, or identification card. Customers have the option to include certain medical information on the back of their card as well. For more information concerning these options, contact us by calling (678) 413-8400 or toll free at (866) 754-3687. This information is also available at our website, www.dds.ga.gov.

A voter registration ID is also available at no cost for any individual who swears under oath that the ID is needed in order to vote in an election in Georgia.

All applicants for ID cards must provide proof of identity, proof of U.S. Citizenship or Lawful Presence, proof of Social Security Number or ineligibility for a Social Security Number, and proof of Georgia residency. See Secure ID for further information concerning these requirements.

Other License Types

Commercial Driver’s License

Detailed information concerning licensing requirements for Commercial Driver’s Licenses can be found on the DDS website at www.dds.ga.gov.

Motorcycle Operator’s License

Detailed information concerning licensing requirements for Motorcycle Operator’s Licenses can be found on the DDS website at www.dds.ga.gov.

Licenses for Veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces and their Spouses

Veteran’s License – NO FEE

Important: Please read carefully. The veteran must obtain the Certificate of Eligibility (DS-516) from the State Department of Veterans Services to obtain the free Veterans license.

Applicants must meet the following requirements for eligibility of a free veteran’s license:

  • Present evidence of honorable, active duty service in the Armed Forces of the United States or evidence of a minimum of twenty years of service in the National Guard to any office of the State Department of Veterans Services. All this information is contained on your copy of the Armed Forces separation papers (Form DD-214). Activation for training purposes does not qualify you for the Georgia Veteran’s License. The qualified veteran will be issued a Certificate of Eligibility (DS-516), signed by the veteran and the certifying official from the State Department of Veterans Services;
  • The original certificate (DS-516) may then be presented by the veteran to any DDS Customer Service Center along with any other documentation needed to prove identity, lawful presence, and residency for issuance of the license at no cost. To qualify for initial issuance of a Veteran’s license, you must present evidence of Georgia residency at the time of enlistment or induction (and that your home was in Georgia at that time) or that you were enlisted or commissioned elsewhere and have been a resident of Georgia for at least 2 consecu­tive years preceding the date of application;
  • Successfully pass a vision test for the initial issuance of a Class C veteran’s license. To obtain any other class of license, you must successfully complete examinations for the class of license desired.

Honorary License – NO FEE

The spouse of a disabled, honorably separated veteran who does not have a driver’s license, or the unmarried surviving spouse of a deceased honorably separated vet­eran, is entitled to the same license available to the veteran. An applicant for this type of license must meet the same requirements as those required for a veteran’s license. For the unmarried surviving spouse, the death certificate along with the DD-214 must be submitted to the State Department of Veteran Services to obtain a Certificate of Eligibility.

Veterans must have served on active duty during one of the periods of conflict (see chart above) or must have served at least 20 years in the National Guard to qualify for a Veteran’s License or for a spouse to qualify for an Honorary License.

National Guard License

A distinctive license may be issued to any member of the Georgia National Guard in good standing who has completed at least one year of satisfactory service. A Certificate of Eligibility (DS-318) form must be obtained from the local National Guard Commanding Officer and presented to any DDS Customer Service Center. This license is renewable during the time of service in the National Guard or until 20 years of service has been obtained, at which time the person will be entitled to a Veteran’s License. The form DS-318 must be presented to the DDS upon every renewal of a National Guard license.

Wartime/Conflict Periods

World War I

April 6, 1917 through November 11, 1918. The period for a veteran who served with the U.S. Military forces in Russia would include April 6, 1917, through April 1, 1920.

World War II

December 7, 1941 through December 31, 1946.

Korea

June 27, 1950 through January 31, 1955.

Lebanon Conflict

July 1, 1958 through November 1, 1958.

Berlin Conflict

August 14, 1961 through June 1, 1963.

Vietnam

July 1, 1958 through May 7, 1975.

Dominican Republic Conflict

April 28, 1965 through September 21, 1966.

Grenada Conflict

October 23, 1983 through November 21, 1983.

Panama Liberation

December 30, 1989 through February 15, 1990.

Saudi Arabia/

Iraq/Kuwait/

Persian Gulf

August 2, 1990 – ending date unknown at this time.

Regulations in red are new this year.

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