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License Suspended for Speeding More than 24mph over Speed Limit
If you are under 21 years of age and found guilty of speeding in excess of 24 mph over the speed limit, your license will be suspended.

License Suspended for Underage Possession of Alcohol
If you are found guilty of underage possession of an alcoholic beverage, your license will be suspended.

Zero tolerance for alcohol usage by drivers under the age of 21 years.
A driver under 21 years old is guilty of DUI if his alcohol concentration is 0.02 grams or more. If convicted of DUI your license will be suspended.

License Suspended for Reckless Driving
If you are under 21 years of age and found guilty of Reckless Driving, your license will be suspended.


No School, No Driver’s License
No school equals no drivers license for persons under eighteen years of age.

No instruction permit nor any driver’s license may be issued to a person who is younger than 18 years of age unless at the time he applies for the instruction permit or driver’s license:

   1. He presents acceptable proof that he has received a high school diploma,
       a GED diploma, a special diploma ,or a certificate of high school completion,

   2. He presents proof that he has parental or guardian permission to withdraw
       from school, or, the records of the department indicate that said applicant:

        a. Is enrolled in and not under suspension from a public or private school
            and satisfies relevant attendance requirements as set forth below, or

        b. Is enrolled in a home education program which satisfies the
            requirements of state law.

 

High School Dropouts / More than 10 Unexcused Absences /
Suspended From School, No Driver’s License

The Department of Public Safety shall notify any minor driver who has been issued an instruction permit or drivers license that his permit or license is suspended subject to review if the Department's records indicate that such minor:

   a. Has dropped out without graduating and has remained out for ten consecutive school days;

   b. Has more than ten consecutive school days of unexcused absences in any semester or combination of two consecutive quarters; or

   Has been suspended from school for:

      a. Threatening, striking, or causing bodily harm to a teacher or other
          school personnel;

      b. Possession or sale of drugs or alcohol on school property; or

      c. Possession or use of a weapon on school property. An archeological
          or cultural exhibit brought to school associated with a project is not
          considered a "weapon" .

The suspension shall be until the minor's eighteenth (18) birthday. Regardless of when the minor turns eighteen (18) years of age or when he resumes regular studies, the license or permit is suspended for a minimum of ninety (90) days.

 

Offenses Resulting in a Mandatory License Suspension for Drivers Under 21 years of age.

The driver's license of any person under twenty-one (21) years of age shall be suspended if he or she is convicted of any of the following:

  • Any felony in the commission of which a motor vehicle is used,

  • Hit and Run,

  • Homicide by Vehicle,

  • Aggressive Driving,

  • Racing,

  • D.U.I.,

  • Using a motor vehicle in fleeing or attempting to elude a peace officer,

  • Reckless Driving,

  • Underage purchasing or knowingly possessing any alcoholic beverage
    while operating a motor vehicle,

  • Misrepresenting your age in any manner whatever for the purpose of
    obtaining any alcoholic beverage,

  • Misrepresenting your identity or using any false identification for the
    purpose of purchasing or obtaining any alcoholic beverage, or

  • Any offense for which four or more points are assessable under
    O.C.G.A. § 40-5- 57 (e.g. passing of a school bus, improper passing, or speeding in excess of the speed limit by 24 m.p.h. or more).

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    Drivers Under Age 18

    If you are under age 18, all the above information for drivers under 21 applies except for one thing. Where it takes a four-point violation to suspend the license of someone between 18 and 21, it only takes an ACCUMULATION of four points within a 12 month period to suspend the license of someone under age 18.

    Prohibited use of wireless telecommunications devices by persons under 18 years of age.

    It is prohibited for a person under 18 years of age with an instruction permit or Class D license to use a telecommunications device while operating a motor vehicle. You will accrue 1 point against your driver's license and accumulate a $150 fine; however, if you are involved in an accident while using a telecommunications device the fine is doubled.

     

    Other License Suspension Offenses

    If you purchase alcohol, misrepresent your age to obtain alcohol, or use a fake ID to obtain alcohol, your driver's license will be suspended. For a first offense the suspension time is six months and a second offense is 12 months.

    If you are convicted of driving a car while in possession of alcohol, your driver's license can be suspended on a first offense and will be suspended on a second offense. Note that simply possessing alcohol is not a license suspension offense.

    For more information about Teen Driving in Georgia see:
    http://www.dds.ga.gov/ 

     


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