The State of Georgia considers dangerous, negligent, or incompetent drivers to be a menace to the safety of the general public; therefore, you must not abuse your privilege to drive or you may lose it. As long as you remain a resident of Georgia, your driving record will be on file with the Department of Driver Services.
The 3 ways you can lose your license include;
Cancellation: The Department of Driver Services is authorized to cancel your license if you fail to give the required or correct information needed in your application or if you are otherwise ineligible. You may reapply once you satisfy the requirements.
Revocation: When your license is revoked your driving privileges are terminated and withdrawn until the end of the period of time prescribed by the formal action of the Department. At the expiration of the revocation period, you may apply for a new license once you satisfy the requirements.
Suspension: When your license is suspended, your driving privilege is temporarily withdrawn for a specific period of time. At the expiration of the suspension period, you may apply for a license once you satisfy the requirements.
Your driver’s license will be revoked in Georgia, if you are convicted of one of the following:
- For any third conviction of a mandatory suspendable offense within 5 years, you will be declared a habitual violator. This is a five-year revocation.
- Refusal to submit to a re-examination of driving skills or knowledge of driving rules after receiving notice giving reasonable grounds for such a request.
- If there is sufficient evidence of incompetence or unfitness to drive, due to incapabilities by reason of disease, mental or physical disability, or by alcohol or drug addiction.
The Department shall suspend a license for a conviction of any of the following offenses in Georgia or any other state:
- Homicide by vehicle.
- A conviction for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
- Any felony in the commission of which a motor vehicle is used.
- Using a motor vehicle in fleeing or attempting to elude an officer.
- Fraudulent or fictitious use of, or application for a license.
- Hit and run or leaving the scene of an accident.
- If you refuse to take a chemical test for intoxication, then your license will be suspended for 12 months.
- Operating a motor vehicle with a revoked, canceled, or suspended registration in violation of Code Section 40-6-15.
- Conviction for driving without insurance is a 60/90-day suspension.
- If convicted for driving while license is suspended, revoked or canceled, your driver’s license will be further suspended for six months.
- If you fail to appear in court or respond to a citation, your license may be suspended indefinitely.
- Your driver’s license will be suspended if you are convicted of possession, distribution, manufacture, cultivation, sale or transfer of a controlled substance or marijuana.
- The Department is authorized to suspend your license if its records or other evidence shows that you have accumulated 15 points within 24 months under the point system, including violations committed out of state.
LIMITED DRIVING PERMITS
If you are suspended for a first mandatory conviction, a first or second DUI conviction, or a first or second points suspension, you may be eligible to apply for a limited permit. Limited Driving Permits may be obtained for:
1. Going to your place of employment or performing the normal duties of your occupation.
2. Not having a form of transportation to receive prescribed medical attention or obtaining prescribed drugs.
3. Attending classes at a college or other regularly scheduled school in which you are enrolled.
4. Attending a driver education, or assessment and treatment program court ordered.
5. To and from Ignition Interlock Centers.
The Department may specify specific places you may travel to, specific routes of travel, times of travel, specific vehicles or other restrictions the Department may deem necessary. A limited permit will be non-renewable and will become invalid on the expiration date of permit.
Upon the conviction of a second DUI, such person may apply for and be issued an ignition interlock device limited driving permit at the end of 12 months after the suspension of the driver’s license. To be eligible for an interlock permit the licensee must submit proof of completion of DUI alcohol or drug risk reduction program, clinical evaluation, enrollment in treatment or completion of treatment if required by evaluation and installation of an interlock device. At the end of such six-month ignition interlock device limited driving permit, driver may apply for reinstatement of driver’s license upon payment of the proper fee.
There are additional statutes for “Under 21” Drivers. Please visit Georgia.gov for more information.
Provided by Georgia.gov website