HOW TO GET A GEORGIA DRIVER’S LICENSE
There are two tests that must be completed to receive a Georgia driver’s license. The first is the written or knowledge exam and the second is the skills test or road’s test. All non-US citizens who are residing in the state for more than thirty days are considered residents and are required to obtain a Class C Driver’s License in order to drive in Georgia. https://dds.georgia.gov/information-non-us-citizens
Beginning April 12, 2021- No appointment is needed for the first written test. The first written exam can be accomplished at soon as the Au pair has received the SS card. This is offered in multiple locations including Cumming, Alpharetta, Canton, Norcross, Marietta, Kennesaw, and BlueRidge which are closest to our cluster. Check business hours for the location of your choice. All customer centers are closed on Monday and close at lunchtime at 12pm on Saturday. All will be closed on Federal and State holidays.
Practice taking the written exam:
To be prepared for the written test and road test, study sections 5 and 7 about Georgia driving laws and road signage.
The Road’s Test or Skills Test is taken after the learner’s permit is issued. The Au pair does not have to hold the learner’s permit for any length of time. The Road’s Test can be taken immediately. The Road’s test requires an appointment. The appointments are in high demand and appointment times can be scarce. The appointment can be made ahead.
It is possible to make the Road’s test appointment before the learner’s permit is obtained. This is accomplished by not making an online account first and simply setting the road’s test appointment. Speak with your community counselor to learn more about setting this up.
Please note: A licensed GA driver will need to drive the Au pair to the ROADS test. The registration and current car insurance must be provided. The licensed driver will stay in the car with the Au pair during the test.
What to expect during the Road’s Test:
Learn what skills will be tested during the Road’s test.
*Many driving instruction agencies are licensed to provide the Georgia Road’s/skills test after completing their driver’s training classes. This may be easier than setting up the road test through the Georgia driver’s service for the State of Georgia. For more information, please see the blog.
Documentation showing your identity and legal presence in the USA:
- DS2019 form ( Verify that the form is signed at the bottom by Au pair and shows current host family address)
- I-94 card (print out from the cbp website).
- Social Security Card
- Participation letter can be printed directly from the Au pair portal.
- International driver’s permit
- Original country license ( this should be returned to you).
- Two forms of proof of Georgia residence: 1. Au Pair Participation letter ( print from the Au Pair portal) AND 2. choose one of the following ways to prove your residency:
- Bank statement with Au pair name and host family address dated within 6 months of the appointment date.
- Save Social Social Security card information when it arrives through the mail showing Au pair name and host family address- this must be dated within 6 months of the appointment time.
- Print your insurance card from the CISI website with your name and host family address on the card https://www.mycisi.com/CISIPortalWeb/pub/login.aspx?PT=GEN
For more information regarding the Georgia Driver’s License refer to our Blog under life in the USA
Two test must be taken: A knowledge test and a skills test. No appointment is necessary for the knowledge exam, but wait times can be long. An appointment must be made to take the roads test. Test can be made 120 days ahead. Save confirmation emails and appointment numbers. The written exam can be made as soon as the social security card is obtained.
The Roads test does not have to be taken in the same location. Please research all available appointments close enough to drive from the host family home. A licensed driver will need to drive the Au pair to the Road’s Test, if she has been issued a temporary permit.
Class C Driver’s License
Search for driving distance from your host family’s home using this link. Ask your host family which location is closest to your home. https://dds.georgia.gov/locations/customer-service-center
These are the locations most often used. Some may be too far from your location.
All are open Tuesday to Friday. Some are open on Saturdays 8am-12pm. The offices will be closed on holidays. CHECK the hours of operation for the specific office BEFORE you go.
Alpharetta Does not offer the Roads Test, Written test only- 1575 Maxwell Road Alpharetta, GA 30009 Saturday 7:30am 12pm
Canton right off 575 behind library- Brown Industrial Parkway, Suite 200 Canton GA. 30114
Cumming 400 Aquatic Circle Cumming GA. 30040 Saturday 8am-12pm
Marietta 1605 County Services Pkwy Marietta, GA 30008 Saturday 7:30am
Gainsville 1010 Aviation Blvd Gainesville, GA 30501 Saturday 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Cartersville 1304 Joe Frank Harris Pkwy Cartersville, GA 30121 Saturday 8:00am-12:00pm
Kennesaw-Saturday7:30-12pm 3690 Old 41 Hwy NW Kennesaw, GA 30144
Norcross/Peachtree Corners- Saturday 7:30 to 12pm 2211 Beaver Ruin Rd Norcross, Georgia 30071
Blue Ridge This office is not open on Saturday. 211 Industrial Blvd, Blue Ridge, GA 30513
Information obtained at www.dds.ga.gov