As summer approaches, the Georgia Department of Driver Services (DDS) reminds students needing to test for an instructional permit or driver's license over the long vacation to obtain a “DDS Certificate of Attendance Form” from their school administration before the end of the school year. Students planning for an on-the-road test will also need a Georgia Alcohol Drug Awareness Program (ADAP) certificate of completion.
DDS Certificate of Attendance Forms must be signed and notarized from the student's school and presented at the time of applying for a permit or Class D driver's license. Typically, the form is valid for one month. However, the Certificate of Attendance Forms issued in May 2013 will be accepted until September 30, 2013.
All applicants under the age of 18 not enrolled in school must provide a GED diploma, high school diploma, or an attendance form from the student's local Board of Education if enrolled in an approved home school program. In addition to the Certificate of Attendance, successful completion of the Alcohol and Drug Awareness Program (ADAP) is required to obtain a permit. ADAP is typically taught in both public and private schools as part of the 9th grade Health curriculum. Now eligible students have an additional avenue for obtaining the required course, eADAP. This internet option is available to students who are home-schooled, have moved to Georgia from another state, were absent from school when the ADAP courses was taught, or who need the course during the summer months.
New homeland security requirements also apply to those obtaining their first Georgia driver's license, permit or ID card. Our teen customers can expect to present documentation to establish identity, including a legal name change, citizenship or lawful presence in the United States, a Social Security number, and two documents to prove their residential address.
For residency, most students may present a letter from their school plus a parent's valid license/ID which has the same address. To be sure you bring all the necessary documents, please create and print a Custom Document Checklist, listing the exact documents to bring on your visit to one of our customer service centers, by visiting the DDS' website, www.dds.ga.gov, and clicking on the blue box titled “Secure Driver's License and ID”.
Students may access informational videos at Georgia Department of Driver Services' Facebook business page. For complete Georgia driver licensing, testing requirements, and eADAP, please visit www.dds.ga.gov.