DDS has approved the NEEDS Assessment Component for use in the State of Georgia, which is a copyrighted product of ADE, Inc. It is a 130-question comprehensive screening instrument used to evaluate the extent of an individual's alcohol and drug use and its impact on driving.
Currently, DDS has approved the Prime for Life Intervention Component for use in the State of Georgia is, which is a copyrighted product of Prevention Research Institute, Inc.
A complete list of all DDS certified DUI, Alcohol, or Drug Use Risk Reduction Programs may be found on our website.
The time it takes to complete a course depends on a variety of factors; but, in most cases, the entire 20 hour course can be completed in less than a week. It is best to discuss course schedules and any specific needs or concerns you may have with the school you choose to attend.
All schools have strict attendance policies, which are outlined in the paperwork you sign when you contract with a school to attend one of its courses. You will be expected to arrive on time and to complete each session. Students that arrive late to any session can expect to be denied entry into class and may be required to start the course over again, at full cost. In addition, students that are absent or leave early from any session may be required to start the course over again, at full cost. It is recommended that you consider the course schedule carefully and take into account any potential scheduling conflicts you may have before signing a contract to attend.
Certificates of Completion from online DUI, Alcohol, or Drug Use Risk Reduction courses cannot be accepted by the DDS for any purposes related to an individual’s driver’s license or driving privileges.
Documented proof of having completed a state-approved clinical evaluation is required of all persons that wish to reinstate a suspension of their Georgia driver’s license or driving privileges resulting from two or more convictions of driving under the influence within the past ten (10) years.
Laws and regulations related to clinical evaluations and substance abuse treatment providers may be found on the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities website.
It is recommended that if there is any question as to whether a particular out-of-state program will be accepted by the DDS, you should review the reciprocity list of acceptable classes from other states on our website or you may call the DDS Customer Contact Center at (678) 413-8400 or (866) 754-3687 prior to enrollment.
DDS rules and regulations require programs to have a minimum of 5 paid contracts for students planning to attend a scheduled course. The Intervention Component requires a great deal of group interaction, which, according to the Prevention Research Institute, is difficult to achieve if fewer than 5 students are present. However, be mindful that there are occasions when students may fail to appear for a scheduled course. The rules do give programs the discretion to cancel, reschedule, or proceed with a course if fewer than 5 students are present.
If your driving privileges are currently under suspension in another state or commonwealth based on a DUI conviction, you will be unable to obtain a Georgia license until all reinstatement requirements have been met and the suspension has been reinstated.
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