Georgia Driver Education

Intermediate License Requirements

Getting Your Intermediate License

Joshua's Law states that in order to get your Georgia intermediate driver's license (also known as a Class D license) at age 16, you will need to complete a Georgia Driver Education course and supervised driving practice.

Intermediate License Eligibility Requirements

In order to be eligible for your intermediate license, you will need to meet some criteria:

  • You must be at least 16 years old before applying for your intermediate license.
  • You must have held an instructional permit for a minimum of 12 months and one day.
  • You must not have been convicted of any major traffic violations that resulted in the suspension of your permit.
  • If you are under the age of 18, you must not be/have been withdrawn from school or have 10 or more unexcused school absences or any conduct infractions.

Steps to Earning Your Intermediate License

The process for getting an intermediate license is straightforward. Just follow these steps:

  1. Register for the Georgia Driver Education course.
  2. Begin the course and complete the first six hours of instruction for FREE.
  3. Pay for the course after the first six hours.
  4. Complete the remaining 24 hours of online instruction. If you do not complete a driver education course, you cannot get your intermediate license until you turn 17.
  5. Complete 40 hours of supervised driver training with a parent or legal guardian, following The 40-Hour Parent/Teen Driving Guide. You may also opt to complete 6 hours of Behind-the-Wheel training with a driving instructor in addition to 40 hours of supervised driving with a parent or guardian. At least 6 of the 40 hours must take place at night. Please note: You must have a permit prior to any behind-the-wheel training.
  6. Apply for your intermediate license. If you are under the age of 18, your parent/legal guardian, responsible adult (only if you are emancipated and have court-ordered documentation), or professional driving instructor must sign your application for an intermediate license.
  7. Pass a vision exam.
  8. Pass the road skills test.

What to Bring to the DDS Office

You will need to bring the following items to the DDS office to apply for an intermediate license:

  • Proof of identity, address, Social Security Number, and U.S. citizenship/lawful presence in the U.S.
  • Notarized Certificate of Attendance (DS-1) that has been signed within the last 30 days OR High School Diploma OR GED
  • ADAP or eADAP Certificate of Completion - What is this?
  • Completed application for a driver's license. The application must be signed by your parent/legal guardian/responsible adult (this only applies to emancipated applicants with court-ordered documentation)/professional driving instructor if you are under the age of 18.
  • Proof of completion of the DDS-approved Parent/Teen Driving Guide OR Proof of 6 hours of on-the-road experience with a certified instructor. If you choose to do the 6 hours with a certified instructor, you must complete a cumulative total of at least 40 hours of other driving experience, including 6 hours at night.
  • Two Options for Proof of Required Behind-the-Wheel Instruction:

    1. Completion of DDS Parent/Teen Driving Guide: 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.
    2. Proof of 6 hours of behind-the-wheel training at a DDS-approved school: Certificate from instructor, plus a Driving Experience Affidavit (DDS-7) completed at the DDS affirming that the applicant has a minimum of 40 hours of supervised driving with a parent/guardian, 6 of which must be at night.
  • Certificate of Completion from a DDS-approved driver education program (this is required for teens under 17 years of age).
  • License fee (you may pay by cash, money order, check, or credit/debit card)
  • Valid insurance card and vehicle registration for the vehicle you will use for the road skills test. The vehicle's tag must not be expired.

After Receiving Your Intermediate License

After receiving your intermediate license, the final step in the licensing process is earning your full driver's license! Find out the requirements for a full license.