Amid Pandemic, Peach State Parents Will Grant Drivers Licenses to Their Own Children

The global coronavirus pandemic has forced a great many of America’s social and cultural norms to the wayside, and in ways that many of us never thought possible.

Our way of life has changed, albeit in a mostly temporary manner.  Restaurants are shuttered, major league sports are on hiatus, and there’s not a concert planned for weeks.  Heck, even Congress is having a difficult time determining what the best way to operate is under these conditions.

To put it bluntly, 2020 is going to have an asterisk next to it in the history books.

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In one of the stranger episodes to arise from the COVID-19 crisis, young drivers in Georgia could be granted their drivers’ licenses without a state administered road test, and on the authority of their own parents.

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Georgia drivers will be able to get their license on a partial honor system for the next few weeks, after the governor removed the road test requirement until the state of emergency put in place due to the coronavirus pandemic has been lifted.

Under the temporary rules, teen learner’s permit holders will be allowed to upgrade to a provisional license by providing an affidavit from their parent, guardian or driving instructor that they have completed 40 hours of supervised driving. A clean driving record of at least one year and one day is also required. Permit holders over the age of 18 can sign their own affidavit.

The commissioner of the state’s Department of Driver Services¸ Spencer Moore, told WSB-TV that social distancing guidelines currently make it impossible to conduct the in-person tests, and that there is a backlog of 30,000 applicants, with an average of 5,000 teens having taken the exam every week prior to the shutdown. Moore said the first time pass rate for the road test typically runs over 80 percent.

While the rest of the nation is concerned that Georgia’s plans to reopen over the weekend on account of the coronavirus crisis, those within the Peach State likely fear that these newly-minted drivers will swarm the already congested highways in and around Atlanta in the weeks to come.

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