(1) Only qualified people may own, operate, or instruct in a Driver Improvement Clinic.
a) No person with a conviction of a felony or any other crime of moral turpitude, or a pattern of misdemeanors that evidences a disregard for the law, will be licensed unless he or she has received a pardon and can produce evidence of same. For the purposes of this subparagraph, a plea of nolo contendere shall be considered to be a conviction. For the purposes of this subparagraph, a conviction for which a person has been free from custody and free from supervision for at least ten years will not be considered, unless the conviction is for an offense which is a dangerous sexual offense as defined in O.C.G.A. §42-1-12 or the criminal offense was committed against a victim who was a minor at the time of the offense.
b) Consideration will be given to educational background. A minimum of a high school diploma or GED equivalent is required.
c) The Department shall consider the experience and moral character of the applicant and may require letters of recommendation from upstanding members of the community to be served.
d) Presenting false material information on an application shall preclude any individual, partnership, or corporation from obtaining a license and, if discovered after the issuance of the license, shall be grounds for cancellation or revocation of that license.