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Driver’s Education Frequently Asked Questions

Driver's Education Frequently Asked Questions
“Will I receive a certificate of completion once I pass the Driver’s Education Program?”

Certificates of Completion will be issued once a student completes the full Drivers education program. Please allow up to two weeks to receive this by email. We strongly recommend that Driving Appointments with the DMV are not scheduled until you have your Certificate of Completion in hand. Students must remember to keep the original copy of their certificate for Department of Driver Services and for insurance purposes. There is a $10.00 fee for re-issuing of completion certificates.

To receive a certificate of completion for the 30-hours of classroom training and 6 hours of behind the wheel training:
-All 30 hours of the class must be completed AND you must receive a grade of 70% or better.
-All 6 hours of behind-the-wheel training must be completed AND satisfactorily.
-If any part of a class or behind-the-wheel training is missed, you will be subject to fees to cover make-up day sessions if you would still like to complete the course

I’m older than 15 – 17. Can I still take this class?

Yes, you can. This class is open to anyone with a learner’s permit! The scholarship is the only available to 15- 17-year-olds that qualify.

It’s raining outside and I have a behind-the-wheel training appointment today. Will it be cancelled?

The only time that we cancel a behind-the-wheel appointment due to weather is when there is a:
severe thunderstorm watch or warning
tropical storm watch or warning
hurricane watch or warning
tornado watch or warning
You may also choose to cancel an appointment if you or your child does not feel comfortable. However, this is a great opportunity to receive training of how to conduct yourself in less than perfect weather. If you would still like to cancel, call 912-443-3392 or send an email to abrantley@savannahtech.edu and to your instructor. Behind-The-Wheel Instructor emails can be found below:
Ron Passarorpassaro@savannahtech.edu
Melvin Price- mprice@savannahtech.edu
Kerry Demere – kdemere@savannahtech.edu
To stay up-to-date on weather, download WTOC’s free weather app!

How do I pass the Driver’s Education Program?

To receive a certificate of completion for the 30-hours of classroom training and 6 hours of behind the wheel training:
All 30 hours of the class must be completed AND you must receive a grade of 70% or better.
All 6 hours of behind-the-wheel training must be completed AND satisfactorily.
If any part of a class or behind-the wheel training is missed, you will be subject to fees to cover make-up day sessions if you would still like to complete the course.

I have my Certificate of Completion. Now what?

Give yourself a pat on the back! You can officially start the process to take your Road Test. To see what you need to bring with you, click the link that applies to you below:
Teen Driver Road Test Appointment 
Driver’s 18 and Over Road Test Appointment

How does the Georgia Driver’s Education Grant Scholarship Program work?

We’re glad you asked. It all starts when teen drivers and their parents or guardians apply for the scholarship.
Online applications are due by the 5th day of each month.
Effective July 1, 2019, scholarship award and denial notifications will be sent on the first day of each month rather than the 20th of each month. Students and parents are notified by email if the application has been awarded or denied.
Students have 30 days from the date of the scholarship award to choose an authorized driver’s education provider and present their scholarship redemption code to enroll in a 30/6 driver’s education course. Students have 180 days from the date of the scholarship award to complete the 30/6 course.

I can’t make it to one of the classes in a session. Can I still take the course?

First, take a look to see if another session may work better with your schedule. If you will have to miss one of the classes, we encourage you to still sign up for the session. To make-up the missed date without charge, you will have to attend the meeting day of another session that matches up to the part of the class you missed. (Example: the 1st meeting day =Part 1, 2nd meeting day = Part 2 and so on).
If you are unable to attend another session’s meeting day, then for a fee- you can enroll in one of our available make-up dates offered every 2 months. The fee is $75 per student. Just send a note to continuinged@savannahtech.edu and we’ll provide available make-up dates.

What is Joshua’s Law?

Joshua’s Law is a bill that changes the requirements that teen drivers must meet in order to obtain a Class D driver’s license.
To get a Class D driver’s license at age sixteen (16):
You must have completed a driver education course approved by the Department of Driver Services and
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 for a Class D driver’s license.

Am I required to take a driver education course to obtain my Class D driver’s license?

It depends on your age at the time you apply for your Class D Georgia Driver’s License.
If you are 16 years of age, you will be required to show proof that you successfully completed a driver education course approved by the Georgia Department of Driver Services (DDS).  In addition, you must have completed a total of 40 hours of supervised driving, 6 hours of which must be at night.
If you are age 17 or older, you will not be required to show proof that you completed a driver education course.  However, you will still be required to have completed a total of 40 hours of supervised driving, 6 hours of which must be at night.

What is TADRA?

TADRA, the Teenage & Adult Driver Responsibility Act, is a graduated driver’s license program for young drivers ages 15 to 18.
Three- Step Process in TADRA
Step 1: Instructional Permit (Class CP License)
Step 2: Intermediate License (Class D License)
Step 3: Full License ( Class C)
Learn More About the Graduated Driver’s License Program
Visit The Georgia Department of Driver Services to view more Frequently Asked Questions.

What if I only want Behind-the-wheel driving training? Can I take that with you and for how much?

The option to only receive behind-the-wheel lessons is no longer available. Those interested in receiving driving lessons must enroll in the whole course.

What is the attendance policy?

In order to receive the certificate of completion, students must complete the 30 hours of classroom and the 6 hours of driving. If a session is missed, the student will need to complete the necessary makeup days to meet GDEC requirements before certificate can be issued.
What is the pick-up procedure?

What is the pick-up procedure?

Parents are responsible for picking up students on time at the end of class/lesson.

My question wasn’t answered. How can I reach you?

We’d be glad to help you. Send us an email at abrantley@savannahtech.edu with the subject line “Driver’s Ed Question”. Or call us at 912-443-3392. If you don’t reach us, leave us a message and we’ll get right back to you.

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