Rules for New Student Drivers

February 20, 2015

Spring is coming on us and many new student drivers will be on the road. At Curry's, we love to see the excitement on a teenager's face when he or she gets the freedom of driving; but, that freedom comes at a cost--a cost of obeying the rules of the road and keeping yourself and those around you safe. We wanted to take a few minutes to highlight some key traffic rules for new student drivers.

Rule #1: Follow the tiers of TADRA (More information)

Step 1 – Learner's Permit (Class CP): a Georgia Learner’s Permit is granted to applicants that are at least 15 years old and have successfully passed a knowledge test consisting of road rules and road signs.  While operating a motor vehicle, drivers that possess a Learner’s Permit must be accompanied by an individual that is at least 21 years old, possesses a valid Class C driver’s license, is seated next to them in the vehicle, and is capable of exercising control over the vehicle if necessary.

Step 2 – Intermediate Provisional License (Class D): a Class D Georgia driver’s license is granted to applicants either 16 or 17 years old that have held a Georgia Learner’s Permit for 12 months and one day, have not committed any major traffic violations, and have successfully passed a road skills test.  A Class D Georgia driver’s license has certain conditions, which are outlined in Question #5.

Step 3 – Full License (Class C):  a Class C Georgia driver’s license is granted to drivers 18 years old or older that have had no major traffic convictions in the last 12 months.

Rule #2: Attendance Requirements (More information)

Obtaining a Driver’s License or Instructional Permit

Anyone younger than 18 years of age must present one of the following in order to obtain a driver’s license or instructional permit:
 

  • Certificate of Attendance (DS-1 – obtained from school personnel);
  • High School Diploma;
  • General Education Development (GED);
  • Special Diploma;
  • Certificate of High School Completion;
  • College or vocational school transcript dated within the last thirty days (official transcript with seal required);
  • Certificate of Adult Literacy proving pursuit of a GED (available from the Technical College System of Georgia for those currently enrolled in a GED program);
  • Declaration of Intent for Home Schoolers.



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  • Curry's wants to give out goodie bags to all new student drivers. If you have followed these rules and gotten a new license of any kind, then stop by the shop within ONE WEEK of getting your license to qualify for your bag!

    Be safe on the roads and wear your seat belt!
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