CLASSES OF GEORGIA DRIVER LICENSES
First, what are the types of driver license available to your Georgia Teen Driver? What are the rights and responsibilities granted by and demanded of the license? You and your teen need to know this, because not obeying these rules may result in points on your teen’s license, loss of your teen’s license, and the raising of your teen driver’s insurance rates.
In Georgia, there are three classes of license for the new, teen driver, as they go from 15 years old to 21. Those classes and their privileges and limitations are as follows:
INSTRUCTIONAL PERMIT (Class CP), or Learner's Permit - can be granted to a 15-year-old once they have passed a written examination. But, the new CP driver may only drive while being accompanied by a passenger who is at least 21 years old with an unexpired Class C driver's license.
INTERMEDIATE LICENSE (Class D) - can be granted to 16 through 18 year olds who’ve had the above Learner’s Permit for 12 months and passed a driving test. The Intermediate License has the following restrictions:
No driving between Midnight and 5 a.m.
For the first six-months, no passenger that is not a member of the new teen driver’s immediate family may be in the car with them.
During the second six-months, no more than one (1) other passenger in the vehicle (who is not a member of the driver’s immediate family), that is less than 21 years old, may be in the car with them.
After the second six-month period, no more than three (3) other passengers in the vehicle (who are not members of the driver’s immediate family), that are less than 21 years old, may be in the car with them.
Also, any 16-year old who obtains an initial Class D license must have completed the following:
A driver education course approved by the Department of Driver Services, and…
Have a total of at least forty (40) hours of other supervised driving experience, including at least six (6) hours of night driving.
FULL LICENSE (Class C) – this can be granted once your Georgia Teen Driver is 18 years of age or older. In order to get a Class C license, the teen’s Class D license must be valid. And, the teen driver must have had no major traffic convictions during the previous 12 months. The following violations must not occur during this period:
Eluding a Police Officer
Hit and Run
Any Four-Point (or greater) Moving Violation
Please call or write Alan to discuss your Georgia Teen Driver proactively to discuss ways to plan for their development as a safe and responsible driver. If your teen driver is facing a legal situation, including loss of their driving privileges, call Alan now to discuss how he may be able to help protect your teen from both loss of license as well as mitigate the possible consequences of charges and convictions on their future.