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Instructions For Completing the 40-Hour Parent/Teen Driving Guide

Dear Parents and Future Drivers,

So many aspects of a teenager’s life are unpredictable, such as which path to follow and what to become in life. We do know that the ability to drive is needed in order to follow whichever path is chosen. A good driving education, along with practice and experience behind the wheel, will provide the best protection against teen driving fatalities.

DDS has prepared The 40-Hour Parent Teen Driving Guide to provide the tools you will need to be a safe driver while fulfilling the road skills portion of the teen driver education requirement.

Georgia requires that all sixteen (16)-year-olds complete an approved driver training program in order to obtain a Class D license, or they must wait until age seventeen (17). This Guide is a comprehensive program that can be used in conjunction with a 30-hour virtual program or 30-hour classroom program to meet the requirements for completion of an approved driver training program.

Please read the Guide carefully and follow the directions. All sessions must be completed prior to taking the road skills test. A Driving Experience Affidavit (DDS-7) must be completed at DDS affirming the applicant has a minimum of 40 hours of driving, 6 of which must be at night. Teens without the required 40 hours will not be tested.

If you have specific questions about information included in the 40-Hour Parent/Teen Driving Guide, please visit the DDS website at, or visit and submit your questions via the “Ask Teen Driver” email.

Best of luck and safe driving!


Spencer R. Moore

Deputy Commissioner

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