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Welcome to Georgia! As a new driver to this state you will need to be aware of our unique traffic laws and regulations. Here's what you need to keep in mind while driving in Georgia. Some of these rules may be the same as what you're already used to, but others will be drastically different!
Licensed Georgia residents may request that DDS reduce the number of points assessed against their Georgia driver's license up to 7 points once every 5 years. To qualify for a Points Reduction, you must successfully complete a certified Driver Improvement (defensive driving) course and present the original certificate of completion to the DDS by mail or in person at one of our Customer Service Centers.
A driver with 15 points in a 24 month period will be suspended.
Georgia consumers must have automobile liability insurance for at least the minimum limits required by law to drive on the Georgia public roads and highways.
The minimum limits of liability required under Georgia law are:
You must dim your headlights from high to low beam when you are within 500 feet of an oncoming vehicle or within 200 feet of a vehicle traveling ahead of you.
You must use your headlights:
There is no specific law allowing or prohibiting headlight flashing.
Suspension for 1 year.
The Open Container Law prohibits possession of an open alcoholic beverage container in the passenger area of any motor vehicle, by any occupant of the vehicle, on any public highway or right of way, whether or not the vehicle is in motion.
Speeding violations when workers are present are subject to a $100 - $2,000 enhanced fine, up to 12 months in jail, or both.
You must give a continuous turn signal for an adequate time to alert other drivers before turning.
Hazard light use is permitted.
A 3-foot minimum passing distance is required.
You may not drive off the roadway to pass on the right.