Georgia Driver's License Requirements

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What should you do if another driver tries to take your turn?

Let the other driver proceed

When making a left turn, what should you do?

Yield the right-of-way to oncoming traffic

What should you do when approaching a yield sign?

Slow down and be prepared to stop

What should you do when merging into another lane?

Adjust your speed and vehicle position to merge safely

What should you do when traffic from another roadway is merging?

Change lanes away from the merging traffic

What should you do at intersections with traffic control lights?

Wait until the intersection is clear of traffic

What should you prioritize when driving?

Care, courtesy, and common sense

What should you do when another driver is trying to take your turn?

Let the other driver proceed

Why should you adjust your speed when merging?

To allow safe merging into the new lane

What should you do when approaching a merge?

Adjust your speed and vehicle position to merge safely

Study Notes

Right-of-Way Rules

  • When making a left turn, yield the right-of-way to all traffic coming from the opposite direction
  • At intersections with traffic control lights, wait until the intersection is clear of traffic or approaching traffic before entering

Merging Traffic

  • When the roadway you are traveling on is merging into other traffic without stopping, adjust your speed and vehicle position to allow you to merge into the new lane safely
  • When traffic from another roadway is merging into the roadway you are traveling on, safely change lanes away from the merging traffic if possible
  • If it is not possible to change lanes away from the merging traffic, adjust your speed and vehicle position to safely allow the traffic to merge

Obtaining a Georgia Driver's License

  • Be at least 18 years of age, or 17 years of age if surrendering a valid license equivalent to a Georgia Class C license with no time, route, purpose, or passenger restrictions
  • Provide proof of identity, citizenship, or lawful presence in the United States, and Georgia residency
  • Pass a vision test and submit to a background check
  • Surrender a valid license issued by another state or territory of the United States or by a foreign country
  • Non-citizens are not required to surrender their foreign non-commercial license or permit

Documents Required

  • Proof of identity (see page 6 for a complete list of acceptable documents)
  • Proof of citizenship or lawful presence in the United States (see page 6 for a complete list of acceptable documents)
  • Proof of Georgia residency (see page 6 for a complete list of acceptable documents)
  • Two documents to prove Georgia residency
  • Social Security Number (which will be verified with the Social Security Administration)

Transferring a License/Permit/ID from Another Country or U.S. Territory

  • Surrender a valid license issued by another state or territory of the United States or by a foreign country
  • If you do not have the out of country license/permit/ID in your possession, provide a Motor Vehicle Report/Driving History (printed in English) dated within the last 30 days from the country of license issuance
  • Most non-citizen customers with a valid out of country driver's license, permit, or ID may retain their out of country document upon issuance of a Georgia-equivalent document

Road Test

  • The parallel parking dimensions utilized in the driver's license test are 22 feet in length by 10 feet in depth
  • Straight Line Backing: Back your car for a distance of approximately 50 feet at a slow rate of speed (not more than 10 miles per hour) as straight and as smoothly as possible
  • You must turn your head and look behind the vehicle while backing

Driver Assistance Systems

  • Applicants may perform the skills test in vehicles equipped with advanced driver assistance technology
  • However, the applicant must demonstrate their ability to operate the vehicle without such technology

Organ and Tissue Donation

  • The Donate Life Georgia Organ, Tissue, and Eye Donor Registry was created in 2008 to allow Georgians an easy and user-friendly means of joining the state's donor registry
  • Georgians can join the registry through the website at www.donatelifegeorgia.org, when renewing their driver license or ID online, or when obtaining/renewing their license or ID at a local DDS Customer Service Center

Learn about the eligibility criteria and required documents to obtain a driver's license in the state of Georgia. Discover the age, identity, and citizenship requirements to get behind the wheel.

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