DDS Commissioner & Board Messages
Congratulations on reaching this exciting milestone in life by preparing to be a Georgia driver! The Department of Driver Services (DDS) has compiled this manual not only to provide the information needed to pass the driver examination, but to ultimately help you become a safe driver.
It is a somber fact that teens between the ages of 15 and 19 years old are more likely to be injured or killed because of motor vehicle crashes than by any other cause. Please study carefully the chapters on Traffic Laws paying close attention to the section on Distracted Driving. This rapidly growing safety issue can be easily changed by putting down the cellphone, leaving the radio alone and paying attention to the road.
I would also ask that you download our free mobile app, DDS 2 GO, as your first step in becoming a licensed driver. It is a quick and easy way to receive an immediate alert should the status of your license change. You may also order a replacement, change your address and access many services without visiting in person. It is like having a DDS center in your pocket!
Operating a vehicle on Georgia roadways is a tremendous responsibility, and we want you to be fully prepared to meet the challenge. Best of luck and safe driving.
Spencer R. Moore
Deputy Commissioner’s Message
Dear Georgia Drivers:
Thank you for taking the time to carefully study the Georgia Driver’s Manual provided by the Department of Driver Services (DDS). While driving is a vital responsibility, it can also be very dangerous. In 2017, over 1500 people died in motor vehicle crashes on Georgia roads. It is our goal to equip new and experienced drivers with the information necessary to reduce severe injuries and fatalities on our roadways. I want to highlight four Georgia laws that are designed to keep everyone safe. These laws are not only strictly enforced by our law enforcement officers, but it takes every driver’s cooperation to save lives.
- Seatbelts- Buckle up every time, every trip. 54% of those 1500 fatalities in 2017 were not wearing seatbelts. It is the simplest way to save your life in a crash. Also make sure all or your occupants are buckled up before moving the vehicle.
- Distracted Driving- More than ever before, serious crashes are a result of distracted driving and a large percentage of them are due to electronic devices. Remember to put down that phone while driving. No message is more important than your life or someone else’s. Pull over, if you must use the phone or text.
- Keep Right Except to pass- Did you know that on multi-lane highways, it is the law that slower traffic MUST keep right? Vehicles in the left lane must yield to faster moving traffic. This law was designed to reduce aggressive driving and increase a smooth flow of traffic, thereby reducing crashes. So, if you are not passing, KEEP RIGHT! More details on the law are found later in this manual.
- Move Over Law- Numerous Law Enforcement officers are killed annually during traffic stops, because of being struck by vehicles. The law has now been expanded to utility and construction workers and others. The simple rule is if you see blue, yellow or red flashing lights on the side of the road, you must Move Over, if possible.
I hope you find this information helpful. Please be a safe Driver and Passenger.
Ricky H. Rich
Board of Directors’ Message DDS Mission & Core Values
Board of Directors
David W. Connell
Britt Fleck – Member
Hubert Parker – Member
Rachel Little – Member
Jim Cole – Member
Bob Pierce – Member
Wallace Coopwood – Member
The Department of Driver Services (DDS) Board of Directors would like to remind our customers that driving in Georgia is a privilege that carries many responsibilities. Please strive to become a safe and dependable driver to ensure that this privilege will not be lost. This manual has two main purposes:
(1) to help you qualify for a Georgia driver’s license; and
(2) to help you become a safer driver.
The majority of customers we serve will be applicants for regular passenger vehicles, pickup trucks, or vans (Class C). This guide is designed to provide you with the information to obtain and keep this type of license. Other manuals are available for commercial drivers, motorcycle operators, and teens learning to drive.
To provide secure driver and identity credentials to our
customers with excellence and respect.
Our Core Values:
- Trusted Service
- Ethical Actions
- Accountable to All
- Motivated to Excellence
Title VI Policy Statement
The Georgia Department of Driver Services (DDS) is committed to compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and all related nondiscrimination authorities. DDS assures that no person shall, on the grounds of race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, low-income, and Limited English Proficiency (LEP), be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be otherwise subjected to discrimination under any program or activity. DDS further assures that every effort will be made to ensure nondiscrimination in all of its programs and activities, whether or not those programs and activities are federally funded. In addition, DDS will take reasonable steps to provide meaningful access to services for persons with Limited English Proficiency. Finally, DDS agrees to abide by the Title VI Program Assurances and to ensure that written agreements with any party for federally funded programs or services will include the applicable Title VI language as provided in the Title VI Program Assurances.