School Attendance Required
Any applicant who is younger than 18 years of age must be enrolled in and not under expulsion from a public or private school and has satisfied the attendance requirements listed in #1 and #2 below for a period of one academic year prior to application for an instruction permit or driver's license. This suspension is mandated by O.C.G.A. 40-5-22(a.1)(2).
The DDS will suspend the license of a minor who:
- Has dropped out of school without graduating and has remained out of school for ten consecutive school days.
- Has ten or more school days of unexcused absences in the current academic year or ten or more school days of unexcused absences in the previous academic year.
- Has been found in violation by a hearing officer, panel, or tribunal of one of the following offenses, or has waived his or her right to a hearing and pleaded guilty to one of the following offenses:
- Threatening, striking, or causing bodily harm to a teacher or other school personnel.
- Possession or use of a weapon on school property or at a school sponsored event.
- Any sexual offense prohibited under Chapter 6 of Title 16.
- Causing substantial physical or visible bodily harm to or seriously disfiguring another person, including another student.
- Possession or sale of drugs or alcohol on school property or at a school sponsored event.
Any infraction of the above conduct offenses will be a one-year suspension, or the minor shall be suspended until his or her eighteenth birthday, whichever comes first.
Temporary Driving Permit
A student can obtain a temporary driving permit from the Department of Driver Services to drive to and from work with a suspended license, if he or she has demonstrated the need for the permit. The permit would only be granted if the driver's license has been suspended for a school-related infraction or for dropping out of school.
Last Updated On: 2/27/2013