Each day many teens set out to pass the Georgia driving test. As exciting as it may be, there are many roles and responsibilities that come with being a legal driver. Special laws are in place for novice, or inexperienced drivers, to protect them against many of the common distractions that may affect a driver’s attention on the road. Those who plan to receive a Georgia driver’s license at age sixteen are required to complete a 30-hour driving course, or driver’s education class, before taking the driving test. If the teen meets the requirements to receive a license he or she will receive a provisional, or Class D driver’s license. The holder of a Class D license is required to follow certain requirements that are stricter than the laws all other drivers must follow. Restrictions that are associated with a Class D driver’s license include passenger restrictions, and roadway curfews.

All drivers carrying a Class D license are under passenger restrictions. For the first six months after receiving a license, there cannot be any passengers in the vehicle under the age of 21 who are not immediate family members. For the second six months, there can be one passenger under the age of 21 in the car who is not an immediate family member. After a year of having a Class D license, the driver can have up to three passengers in the car under the age of 21 who are not immediate family members.  Also, those with a Class D license are not allowed to drive between midnight and 6 a.m.

When the driver turns 18 they may apply for a Class C license. The driver is eligible for a Class C license as long as they do not have a DUI, reckless driving, or any infraction that awards four points on their driving record within the previous twelve months prior to applying for the Class C driver’s license. If a driver does not get their license changed from a Class D to a Class C he or she is still under the same restrictions as any other driver with a Class D license regardless of their age.

So teens, do not get caught driving after midnight or having more than the allowed number of passengers in the car with a Class D license. Law enforcement take novice driving laws very seriously. Be sure to follow all laws and keep up with the correct driving class for your age.

For more information on GA Teen Driving laws, visit: http://www.dds.ga.gov/teens/index.aspx.