What You Should Know about Your Driver’s Permit

Getting behind the wheel of a motor vehicle is about more than just getting from one location to another. It's understanding the huge responsibility of driving in a safe manner and realizing it's a privilege to have a license.

Georgia's driver license laws feature specific rules that apply to new teen drivers. This gives them the chance to gain experience and hone their driving skills. But it also serves as a way to ease into driving and reduce the risk of an accident. 

Rules that apply to a Class D Provisional Driver's Permit:

  • Driving hours - There are restrictions on when a driver with a Class D license can operate a motor vehicle. Without exception, driving isn't allowed between midnight and 5 a.m. These rules became effective July 1, 2014.
  • Passengers - In the first six-month period of having the provisional driver's license, the only passengers allowed in the vehicle are immediate family members. In the second six-month period, the driver can have just one passenger below the age of 21 who isn't an immediate family member.
  • After both six-month periods (one year), there are still limits on the number of passengers allowed under the age of 21. There can be no more than three who aren't immediate family members.
  • Suspension of license: Drivers under the age of 18 can have their license suspended for a variety of reasons. Examples include school expulsion, ten or more unexcused absences during school year, or dropping out. Certain offenses may also result in a suspension, such as a sexual offense, sale/possession of drugs or alcohol, and possession of a weapon on school property.

These are just some of the driver's permit rules that may apply. These vary depending on the type. It's helpful to know these whether applying for a license to operate a motor vehicle or a motorcycle. Follow our blog for more updates important to drivers in Atlanta or elsewhere in the area. 

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