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30-Hour Georgia Driver’s Ed Course Online

What Is It?

Online driver’s education course

Who Is It For?

Teen drivers in Georgia

Why?

To satisfy the Joshua’s Law course requirement

How?

Affordable, 100% online driver’s ed

Online Driver’s Education in Georgia for Teen Drivers

Learning how to drive is an exciting part of your teenage years. When it’s time for you to get behind the wheel for the first time and work toward your driver’s license, you want to feel prepared.

Driver’s education is the best way to learn driving basics and become a confident, safe driver. American Safety Council® provides an online Georgia driver’s ed course for a convenient, effective approach. Our course is approved by the Georgia Department of Driver Services (DDS) and meets the 30-hour Joshua’s Law requirement—no classroom required.

Ready to take the first step toward earning your learner’s permit and driver’s license? Enroll in our Georgia 30-Hour Driver Education Course and get started today.

Joshua’s Law: Why You Need Driver’s Ed in Georgia

Joshua’s Law, or Senate Bill 226, was passed in 2005 after high school student Joshua Brown hydroplaned, crashed his vehicle and died of fatal injuries. His death spurred legislators to create a higher standard of training for teen drivers in Georgia. The law requires that 16-year olds looking to have a driver’s license must complete a Georgia DDS-approved, 30-hour driver’s education course and 40 hours of supervised behind-the-wheel training, six of which must be at night.

Seventeen-year olds can get their Class D provisional license without driver’s ed. However, they must still complete the 40 hours of supervised driving training with a parent or guardian.

Who Can Take Georgia Driver’s Ed?

You can begin a driver’s education program in Georgia as soon as you turn age 14. To get a learner’s permit, you must be age 15.

If you are age 16 and meet the Georgia DDS requirements, you can get a Class D provisional driver’s license. Once you are 18, you update this license to a Class C “under 21” driver’s license.

Why Take GA Driver’s Ed with American Safety Council?

100% Online

When you take online driver’s ed, you don’t have to miss school or sports practice for an in-person class. Learn how to drive at a time that fits your schedule from the comfort of your home or anywhere with internet access. Our course is available on any device.

Georgia DDS-Approved

Our online driving school satisfies the requirements of the state and is an approved Joshua’s Law 30-hour online course.

Insurance Discount

An auto insurance discount is available for students under age 25 who complete driver’s ed in GA. Check with your insurance company to understand the qualifications.

Tax Credit

Parents or guardians of teens who successfully complete driver’s ed can receive a tax credit of up to $150. To receive the credit, you need the certificate of completion and proof that you paid the course fee.

Customer Service

American Safety Council representatives are available by phone, email and live chat at all hours to answer your questions about the course material or your account.

Automatic Reporting

We submit your course completion to the Georgia DDS automatically at no extra charge.

About Our Online Driver’s Education Program

When you sign up for Georgia driver’s ed from American Safety Council, you create a username and password for an account. The course is self-paced, so you can log in and out without losing any progress. Watch a demo of our course on American Safety Council’s JoshuasLaw.com to learn more about the course experience.

The course material is divided up into 10 units that contain images, videos and other easy-to-read information. Each unit has short practice quizzes and a 10-question exam. The quizzes aren’t graded and are there to help you prepare for the end-of-unit exams. You have three chances to pass the exams. A passing score is 70% or higher. Take our free online Georgia driver’s ed practice test to see what kind of questions you can expect to answer on the final exam.

What’s Next?

Once you successfully complete the final exam, American Safety Council automatically reports your completion to the Georgia DDS and emails you a certificate of completion (DDC Certification #LDT 556). Download, print and bring this form when you go to the Driver License Office. You’ll also receive instructions on how to fulfill the rest of the Joshua’s Law requirement at the end of the course.

How Long Does It Take to Complete a Driver’s Ed Course?

  • No more than 90 days from the day you enroll in the online course
  • 30 hours of online instruction, including quizzes and the final exam
  • 40 hours of behind-the-wheel training with a supervised driving trainer (such as a parent or guardian)—six hours must be at night.

Customer Support Information

If you have questions about the course material or have a problem with your account, American Safety Council has 24/7 customer support. Reach out to us at any hour through phone, email or live chat:

Phone: 1-800-393-1063

Email: info@americansafetycouncil.com

Live Chat: Click the button at the top of your screen.

How to Complete Your 40 Hours of Driving Training

After you pass the online driver’s ed course, the next requirement of Joshua’s Law is 40 hours of supervised driving training. Six of these hours must be completed at night. Your supervisor is usually your parent or guardian, but it can be anyone who meets these qualifications:

  • At least 21 years old
  • Has a valid Class C driver’s license
  • Sits next to the driver at all times when they are at the wheel
  • Capable of taking control of the vehicle if necessary

While you don’t have to fill out and turn in a Joshua’s Law driving log for supervised driving, the supervisor is required to swear or affirm under penalty of law that the teen driving met the 40-hour requirement.

You have two options for how to complete the 40 hours and satisfy Joshua’s Law. The first option is to take six hours of supervised driving from a DDS-certified driver training school, then complete 40 hours of supervised driving with a parent or guardian.

The second option is to complete the 40 hours using the Parent/Teen Driving Guide. The Georgia DDS created this resource to give parents all the information they need to supervise the driving lessons. Along with driving tips, a parent-teen driving agreement and other tools, it includes checklists for each driving lesson. Download the 40-Hour Parent/Teen Driving Guide for free.

A teenager young girl in the process of taking the driver examination for driver's license. She is carefully driving while the examiner is scoring her driving skill.

Parent Involvement in Teen Driving

Parents play a key role in helping their teen learn how to drive by teaching the right skills and instilling confidence. As you complete the 40-hour requirement in the passenger seat, here are some tips to keep in mind:

  • Calmly talk about mistakes. Did your teen give you a good scare when merging or drive over your grass? Instead of showing your frustration during driving lessons, pull over, if possible, and discuss what went wrong and what to do better next time.
  • Find an empty parking lot where you can practice basic skills like turning, braking and parking. This is also a great place to “warm up” before driving on main roads.
  • Show your teen important car features, like windshield wipers and headlights, before you go on the road.
  • Teach them how to pump gas, check the oil, put air in the tires and other basic car maintenance tasks. Show them the signs of when a car may need a repair.
  • Create teachable moments. In addition to giving instructions, share your driving experiences and help them understand driving on a higher level.
  • Be a good example. If you tend to be an aggressive or hurried driver, you’re showing your teen that is acceptable. These habits can be dangerous for both you and them.
  • Set a schedule. Let your teen driver know that learning to drive is a priority by setting aside plenty of time to fulfill the driving requirement.

Next Steps: Getting Your Learner’s Permit and Driver’s License

When you visit the Driver’s License Office to receive a learner’s permit from the Georgia DDS, you must meet these requirements:

  • Be at least 15 years old.
  • Have these documents:
    • Proof of identify, address, social security number and U.S. citizenship
    • Any out-of-state driver’s license, permit or ID card to give over to the DDS
    • Completed Certificate of School Enrollment (DS-1) or proof of GED or high school graduation
    • Application form, which you can fill out before you visit the Driver’s License Office
  • Pass the vision exam (minimum accepted vision is 20/60 in one eye with or without wearing glasses or contacts).
  • Pass the knowledge exam (Road Rules Test and Road Signs Test). Take a free practice test online to see if you’re ready.
  • Bring your parent, guardian, responsible adult or authorized driving training instructor to sign the driver’s license application.
  • Pay the fee ($10).

When you have your permit, you can drive with someone who is at least age 21, has a driver’s license, can take control of the vehicle if needed and sits in the passenger seat at all times.

Am I Ready to Get My Driver’s License?

The requirements for a provisional driver’s license (Class D) are the same as for a permit with these exceptions:

  • You must have satisfied Joshua’s Law (30-hour GA driver’s ed course and 40 hours of supervised driving).
  • You must be at least 16 years old.
  • You must have had a permit for at least one year and a day.
  • You must have no major traffic violations.
  • You must pass a road skills tests, in which you drive with an instructor who scores your ability.

Road skills tests are by appointment only. You can schedule your test time by calling 1-678-413-8400. If you fail the road skills test on your first try, you must wait at least one day before taking it again.

You perform these skills during the road test:

  • Backing the car
  • Passing
  • Following
  • Yielding right-of-way
  • Approaching corners
  • Stopping at signs and traffic signals
  • Parallel parking
  • Five-point turns
  • Smooth use of the clutch
  • Posture

Class D Driver’s License Restrictions

When have earned your driver’s license, the Georgia DDS provides restrictions to ensure that you develop safe habits and ease into full driving responsibilities:

  • First six months—Only immediate family members of the driver can ride in the car.
  • Second six months—Only one passenger under age 21 who is not an immediate family member can ride in the car.
  • After the first year—Only three passengers under age 21 who are not immediate family members can ride in the car.
  • All times—You may not drive between midnight and 5:00 am.

At age 18, you can upgrade your driver’s license to a Class C “under 21” license, and you no longer have these restrictions.

Sign Up for Georgia Driver’s Education Online

If you are 14 and ready to begin Georgia driver’s education, the driving school from American Safety Council goes beyond meeting the Georgia DDS and Joshua’s Law requirements. Our online driver’s ed creates a flexible, easy-to-use way for teen drivers to learn important skills and prepare for 40 hours of driving training. We understand that when young drivers develop safe habits early on, the roads are safer for all Georgia drivers.

To begin, register for our Georgia 30-Hour Driver Education Course today.

Sources:

Georgia DDS: https://dds.georgia.gov/joshuas-law-explained-faqs#field_related_links-576-5

Georgia DDS: https://dds.georgia.gov/provisional-drivers-license-class-d

Georgia DDS: https://dds.georgia.gov/teen-driving-laws-faqs#field_related_links-576-10

Georgia DDS: https://dds.georgia.gov/sites/dds.georgia.gov/files/related_files/document/Joshua%27s%20Law%20Course%20Chart.pdf

Georgia DDS: http://www.eregulations.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/16GAPT_LR.pdf

KidsHealth: https://kidshealth.org/en/parents/driving-lessons.html

Huffington Post: https://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/04/11/parents-can-do-more-to-help-kids-drive-safely_n_5135272.html

TeenDriving.com: http://teendriving.com/driving-tips/tips-for-parents/

Georgia DDS: https://dds.georgia.gov/instructional-permit-cp

Georgia DDS: https://dds.georgia.gov/test-and-exams-information

Georgia DDS: https://dds.georgia.gov/fees-and-terms