Georgia Drivers License
When it comes to applying for a Georgia drivers license, the first thing you need to decide upon is what type of a drivers license is right for you? At the moment, Georgia DDS offers the following common types of licenses:
- Class C drivers license. May also be considered a “regular” drivers license that allows you to operate regular motor vehicles.
- Class M drivers license. Georgia motorcycle drivers license that allows you to operate a motorbike.
- Class D drivers license. Provisional drivers license that is issued to underage drivers.
There are many other types of licenses in Georgia, such as commercial drivers licenses and licenses that allow you to operate larger vehicles, but most of the drivers only encounter the common types outlined above.
Applying For The First License
If you are applying for a drivers license for the first time in your life and you have never held a Georgia drivers license or a license issued by a different state, you will be required to take a Georgia permit test. The exam will assess your current knowledge of driving rules and traffic regulations. You may wish to prepare for the test by reading the drivers manual and taking some practice permit tests. If you would like to get some in-depth knowledge on traffic safety, you may also consider taking a Georgia drivers ed course. Note: if you are a minor who is upgrading to a class D Georgia drivers license, drivers ed is a must for you.
You do not need to make an appointment for your written test, testing is conducted on the walk-in basis. If you pass the test and you fulfill all other requirements, you can take your driving test the next day. If you fail the permit test, you will need to retake it.
Successful completion of the tests entitle you to Georgia learners permit.
If you intend to take a driving test in Georgia, you must make an appointment prior to your test date. The vehicle that you intend to use for the test must pass a basic safety inspection and it must be properly insured. Please note that the Georgia DDS does not provide vehicles for the test. You may use your own vehicle or you may contract a vehicle at a local driving school.
When you pass your driving test, you will be issued with the Georgia drivers license on the spot. If the DDS is unable to issue you with a drivers license right after the test, you will be provided with a temporary license and the original will be mailed to you within 45 days.