1. What is Joshua's Law?
    Senate Bill 226 also known as "Joshua's Law" was passed during the 2005 General Assembly. Beginning January 1, 2007, all 16 year-olds applying for a Class D driver's license must complete an approved driver education course and complete a total of 40 hours of supervised driving, 6 hours of which must be at night, with a parent or guardian's sworn verification that these requirements have been met. Any Georgia resident who has not completed an approved driver education course must be at least 17 years old to be eligible for a Class D driver's license. He or she must have completed a total of at least 40 hours of supervised driving, including at least 6 hours at night. The same verification in writing by a parent or guardian is required.

  2. Where can I find an approved driver's education course?

  3. Who conducts the 6 hours of night training?
    Parent or Legal Guardian

  4. What if my child is seventeen years old do the same rules apply?
    No, but they must have 40 hours of supervised driving (6 of which must be at night).

  5. When did the law change take place?
    January 1st, 2007

  6. Am I able to get an insurance reduction when my child completes a state approved Driver's Education course?
    Only a Certificate of Completion from a State Licensed School providing 30 hours of classroom instruction and 6 hours behind the wheel instruction would be eligible for a reduction in insurance premiums.

  7. What is the cost of a driver's education course?
    Costs are determined by the schools.

  8. Who can I contact for further information?
    Ask Teen Driver

  9. What if my child just moved in to the state of Georgia?
    Any 16 year old must have taken and approved Drivers Education Course to be issued a license in Georgia. If you have taken a course out of state please contact DDS.

Joshua's Law Explained

Effective January 1, 2007 there are new requirements for class D driver's licenses

Are you familiar with Joshua's Law? It is a bill that changes the requirements that teen drivers must meet in order to obtain a Class D driver's license starting on January 1, 2007.

To get a Class D driver's license at age sixteen (16):

  • You must have completed a driver education course approved by the Department of Driver Services and
  • You also must have completed a cumulative total of at least forty (40) hours of other supervised driving experience, including at least six (6) hours at night.

If you have not completed an approved driver's education course, you cannot get your Class D driver's license until you reach age seventeen (17). Remember, forty (40) hour of driving experience, including six (6) hours of driving at night, is always required for a Class D driver's license.

Additional Information

     Teenage & Adult Driver Responsibility Act (TADRA)

     Obtaining a Learner's Permit

     Obtain Your First Driver's License (Class D)

     School and Your Driver's License


     Georgia Department of Drivers Services
     Governor's Office of Highway Safety