Georgia DMV Handbook and Regulations FAQ

If you’re planning on applying for your Georgia state driver’s license, then you will definitely want to visit an official state DMV field office in order to obtain a standardized handbook. You will be required to know all of the information in the handbook in order to obtain your learner’s permit and eventually your license. However, the following FAQ may also prove helpful in the meantime.
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How old do I need to be before I’m eligible to apply for a Georgia state learner’s permit?
In the state of Georgia, you need to be a minimum of 15 years of age before you begin the process of applying for your license. If you are under the age of 18 at the time you apply, you should bring one of your parents or another legal guardian with you. They will need to sign your application before it can be approved. In the event a parent or legal guardian cannot perform these duties, Georgia allows you to substitute the signature of an authorized driver’s training instructor.
What do I need to bring with me when I apply for my learner’s permit?
As is the case in every U.S. state, Georgia expects you to show up to apply for your driver’s permit with proper documentation in hand. You are required to provide all of the following:
  • Government recognized proof of your legal identity.
  • Two valid items that prove your residency in the state of Georgia
  • Your social security number (your actual card is not required)
  • Valid proof of your residence in the United States
  • If you are under the age of 18 at your time of application, a certificate of school attendance
Do I need to bring anyone with me when I arrive to apply for my learner’s permit?
If you are under the age of 18 at your time of application, then you will need to bring one of your parents or another legal guardian with you, as they will need to sign your application. If you are over the age of 18, then any licensed driver 21 years of age or older can bring you.
Do I need to pass a physical in order to apply for my learner’s permit?
No, you don’t need to submit to or pass a physical examination if you want to apply for your learner’s permit in the state of Georgia, but you will need to submit to and pass a vision test. In Georgia, you need to achieve a score of at least 20/60 in at least one of your eyes in order to pass. If you require glasses or other corrective lenses in order to see properly, make sure you are wearing them at the time you take your exam.
Do I need to pass a written road knowledge test?
Yes, when you apply for your Georgia state learner’s permit, you will need to submit to and pass a written knowledge test. (The test will cover any and all information presented in the Georgia state DMV handbook.) If you do manage to successfully pass the knowledge test, the next order of business will be acquiring adequate behind-the-wheel knowledge, as well as passing the corresponding DMV test. You can increase your chances of passing the written test by not only reading and re-reading the Georgia DMV handbook, but also by taking multiple practice tests designed to mimic the actual test-taking experience in your state.
How often do I need to worry about renewing my Georgia driver’s license?
In Georgia, you may have either a short-term or a long-term driver’s license. Both require you to go through the same process in order to renew them. A short-term Georgia driver’s license needs to be renewed every five years. A long-term driver’s license needs to be renewed every eight years. You can start the process of renewing your valid Georgia state driver’s license as early as 150 days before the specified expiration date or two full years after it expires.
Do I have to renew my Georgia driver’s license in person?
No. Unless extenuating circumstances apply, you have the option of renewing your Georgia driver’s license by mail or online as well. Please note that if you are 59 years of age or older, you can only obtain a license valid for five years. If you are 64 years of age or older, you will also need to submit to and pass a vision exam. You should also note that if you are attempting to renew your driver’s license after July 1, 2012 and do not have a Secure ID license, then you will need to renew in person.
How do I go about renewing a Georgia driver’s license that has been expired for a while?
If your license has been expired for a period exceeding two years, then you will be required to appear at a DMV field office to submit to the following types of tests:
  • Road signs tests
  • Road rules tests
  • Road skills tests
  • Vision tests
How do I renew my Georgia state driver’s license if it’s suspended?
Unless you have fulfilled the obligations of your suspension, you will not be able to renew your Georgia state driver’s license. You will need to reinstate your Georgia driving privileges via the proper channels. Be sure to review the conditions attached to your driver’s license suspension and make sure they’ve been properly fulfilled. At that point, you can look into having your privileges restored and your Georgia license officially reinstated.
My legal name recently changed. How do I go about having it changed on my Georgia driver’s license?
Having your legal name changed on your driver’s license or official state-recognized ID card requires the taking of special steps. You will need to appear in person at a Georgia DMV field office and present a valid document that verifies your legal name change. Acceptable options include a marriage certificate, a divorce decree, or an official court order. You will also need to pay any and all applicable fees as you would if you were renewing your driver’s license.