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Georgia to Issue Driver’s Licenses Without Road Tests During the Pandemic

by Eben Diskin May 1, 2020

You’ve probably uttered the words, “Drivers here are crazy” at least a few times in your life, probably when visiting other parts of the world. Well, get ready to hear that phrase a lot more often in reference to Georgia.

According to a new executive order by Governor Brian Kemp, new Georgia drivers will not be required to take a road test in order to get their license. This means that once teenagers turn 16, they can qualify for a license without ever getting behind the wheel with an instructor, provided they meet all other requirements, including holding an instructional permit.

Teenagers under 18 who hold learner’s permits will be able to upgrade to a provisional license by providing an affidavit from their parent, guardian, or driving instructor, certifying that they have completed 40 hours of supervised driving. Permit holders over 18, however, can sign their own affidavit.

Spencer Moore, the commissioner at the Department of Driver Services, told WSB-TV that the new measures are an effort to abide by social distancing guidelines. The executive order, he said, “allows the teen driver to go to that next phase without having to take that road test because of social distancing problems, obviously, in trying to provide the test.”

These new relaxed measures will last until the expiration of the state’s Public Health State of Emergency on May 13.

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