Georgia Will Issue Driver’s Licenses Without Road Tests During COVID-19 Crisis

The COVID-19 crisis is causing change across the country. From restaurant closings to stores limiting patrons, establishments everywhere are doing their part to social distance. The Georgia DMV is no exception.

While a lot of day-to-day activities are on hold, people still need to drive. So Georgia drivers will be able to get their license on a partial honor system for the next few weeks. The governor removed the road test requirement until the state of emergency due to the coronavirus pandemic has been lifted.

Teenagers with learner’s permit will be allowed to upgrade to a provisional license by providing an affidavit from their parent, guardian, or driving instructor that they have completed 40 hours of supervised driving. They must also provide a clean driving record of at least one year and one day.

There is reportedly a backlog of 30,000 applicants, with an average of 5,000 teens having taken the exam every week prior to the shutdown. So getting drivers passed through the system is essential. Georgia’s state of emergency is set to expire on May 13 but could be extended.

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