Without Doing Road Test, Georgia Starts Issuing Driver’s License to Teens Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:

  • Georgia teens will temporarily receive a driver’s license without doing the necessary road test while the state is fighting the coronavirus pandemic.
  • The Georgia Department of Driver Services (GDDS) requires an online application where student drivers are required to sign up for an account to have their driver licenses upgraded or renewed.
  • This temporary waiver period for driver license issuance has been met with concerns from some parents, asking “If we have a stay-at-home order, where do these 16-year-olds need to drive?”

Georgia issues student drivers their licenses without completing the required road test.

The Georgia Department of Driver Services (GDDS) releases the notice to the public that until the public health state of emergency status is lifted, the department will issue driver licenses without the completion of the automobile road test requirement. Gov. Brian Kemp declared the statewide emergency status last month in response to the continuing coronavirus outbreak in Georgia.

Gov. Kemp signed the executive order last week. The GDDS directs student drivers to their portal for an online application. An applicant is required to sign up for an account to have their driver licenses upgraded or renewed.

“If you are 16-18 and have a Learners Permit (Class CP) and you’ve held your CP for 1 year and 1 day with no violations, the system will display your license as a Class D,” the department informs. “Select a Renewal in the top right-hand corner to process your new Class D License.”

The online applications require a certain number of hours driving a vehicle, including nighttime supervised driving. Those under 18 are required to submit a permission slip from a parent, legal guardian or responsible adult.

The department disqualifies student divers with prior driving violations from submitting an online application.

GDDS issues Class D License for student drivers with Learner’s Permits, depending on eligibility. This will allow thousands who have been delayed from upgrading their permits to “move to that next phase without having to take the road test,” commissioner Spencer Moore says.

The department will then put the submitted applications for review. Once the application is approved, the student driver will be able to print a provisional license in place of the actual driver’s license that will come in the mail in the weeks ahead.

This temporary waiver period for driver license issuance has been met with concerns from parents.

Jen Hancock thinks that “eliminating a driving test puts people at greater risk,” adding the question, “If we have a stay-at-home order, where do these 16-year-olds need to drive?”

Source: The Hill

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