Joshua's Law Certificate Course
- 100% Online Training
- Satisfies Joshua's Law Requirement
- Approved by Georgia Department of Driver Services (DDS)
- Includes 30 Hours of Driver Education
- 24/7 Course Access from Any Web-Enabled Device
Take the online Georgia 30-Hour Driver Education Course to satisfy the Joshua's Law classroom requirement for teens seeking their provisional driver license (Class D). You'll learn about the basics of operating a vehicle, driver responsibilities, Georgia driving laws and more.
American Safety Council is a Georgia DDS-Certified Driver Training School. After you complete your training, you'll receive an official Certificate of Completion to bring with you when you apply for your Georgia provisional driver license. Your completion of the course is also automatically reported to Georgia DDS within two business days.
Read on for more information about Joshua's Law, what the driver education course covers and the steps to earning your Georgia driver license.
Joshua's Law classroom requirement
Georgia Department of Driver Services (DDS)
Georgia teens seeking a provisional license (Class D)
Official Georgia DDS Certificate of Completion
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Joshua's Law is a Georgia law that applies to teens seeking their Class D provisional driver license. As of January 1, 2007, the law requires any teen under age 17 to take a DDS-approved driver education course and complete 40 hours of supervised driving, including six hours of night driving.
The law is named after Joshua Brown, a high school student who suffered fatal injuries in 2003 after a hydroplaning accident. Joshua's father created the legislation to ensure that teens receive quality driver education that saves lives.
The Georgia 30-hour driver education course includes 10 learning modules:
To earn your Joshua's Law certificate, you must pass a knowledge test at the end of each module and a final exam that covers all course topics. You must score at least 70% on the final exam and each end-of-module test to pass the course.
Upon completion of the Georgia 30-Hour Driver Education Course and final exam, teen drivers will understand how to drive safely and responsibly. They will learn driving skills to use throughout their lifetime.
Teens who earn a Joshua's Law certificate understand that they should put safety first, be aware of others on the road, avoid speeding and never drive while intoxicated.
Knowledge and skills covered in the course include:
Teens seeking a Georgia driver license must first meet the requirements to earn their learner's permit and provisional license. At age 18, teens with a provisional license can apply for their Class C driver license.
The first step to getting your license is obtaining a Georgia learner's permit. Teens ages 15 and up can apply for a learner's permit by making an appointment at a DDS location.
To earn your permit, you must:
You will also be required to take a photo and pay the state permit fee, which is $10. Anyone operating a vehicle with a Georgia learner's permit must be accompanied by a driver-side passenger that is at least 21 years old and holds a valid Class C driver license.
The second step is obtaining a Class D provisional license. Applicants must be at least 16 years old. A minimum requirement for this license includes holding a learner's permit for at least 12 months and one day.
Additionally, applications must prove they have satisfied their Joshua's Law requirements and have not committed any major traffic violations.
To earn your provisional license, you must:
Applicants for a provisional license must make an appointment at a Georgia DDS location and provide all required documents. Once your documentation is verified and you pass your road test and vision test, you will need to pay the $10 state fee to earn your Class D license. Please note that Class D drivers must follow certain driving restrictions.
The third and final step is obtaining a Class C license, the standard driver license in Georgia. To apply for this license, you must be at least 18 years or old and cannot have committed any major traffic violations in the past year.
Teens with a Class D provisional license can apply online to upgrade to a Class C license. You can start this process within seven days of your 18th birthday. The state fee for a Class C license is $32, and the license will remain valid for eight years.
Joshua's Law requires teens seeking their license to complete a 30-hour driver education course. You can meet this requirement with an online or in-person class.
You will receive your Joshua's Law certificate by email after you complete the Georgia 30-Hour Driver Education Course and pass the online final exam. Your course completion will also be reported to Georgia DDS automatically.
After completing 30 hours of online driver education training, you'll receive your certificate by email within one to two business days.
Yes, Georgia requires driver education training for all teen drivers under the age of 18. To earn a valid driver license, Georgia teens must satisfy Joshua’s Law requirements by completing a 30-hour driver education course and 40 hours of supervised driving.
Joshua's Law is not actually driver education. It is a Georgia law that requires teens to complete a Georgia DDS-approved driver education course and get 40 hours of behind-the-wheel driving experience in order to earn their driver license.
In addition to the driver education requirement, Joshua's Law requires teens seeking their Class D license to complete 40 hours of supervised driving experience, including six hours of night driving. Georgia DDS provides a Parent/Teen Driving Guide to explain the requirements and assist parents in teaching their teen how to drive.
The Georgia provisional license is available to drivers ages 16 or 17 who have held a Georgia learner's permit for at least 12 months and one day. A provisional license allows you to drive unsupervised, but there are certain restrictions on when you can drive and who you can have as a passenger.
According to the Georgia DDS website, teens with a provisional license:
One year after drivers are issued a Class D provisional license, they are permitted to have no more than three passengers in the vehicle under 21 years of age who are not members of their immediate family.
Yes. Students must provide their learner's permit number to be printed on their course completion certificate. Most DDS licensing offices require a Joshua's Law certificate that lists your permit number.