What is Joshua’s Law?

Are you familiar with Joshua's Law?

Joshua's Law is a bill setting requirements for anyone in the state of Georgia attempting to get a Class D driver's license at age sixteen (16).

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

  • You must have completed a driver's education course approved by the Department of Driver Services. This can be done online through our program. Click here for more information on our online class!
  • 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 to receive any driver's license.

Frequently Asked Questions

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.

If my child is 17, does Joshua's Law still apply?
No, but they must have 40 hours of supervised driving practice (6 of which must be at night).

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.