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Georgia Drops Requirement for Teens to Pass Driving Test

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Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

By    |   Thursday, 30 April 2020 10:02 AM

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp has temporarily dropped the requirement for teenagers to pass a road test before obtaining their driver's license.

According to Atlanta's WSB-TV, the policy was altered in order to clear a backlog of 30,000 people who are waiting to get a license, a line that was created after the driving tests were halted because of the coronavirus pandemic. With the state now starting to reopen from restrictions put in place to slow the spread of COVID-19, Kemp signed an executive order that allows qualified teens to get a license without proving their driving skills to a qualified official.

"What the executive order does, it allows the teen driver to go to that next phase without having to take that road test because of social distancing problems, obviously, in trying to provide the test," Department of Driver Services commissioner Spencer Moore said.

The temporarily policy will allow teenagers who meet driver training requirements to take an online test. Those who pass will immediately receive a temporary license. An actual driver's license will be mailed to them.

"We see a very high pass rate. We see more than 80% on their first round go," Moore said of the online test.

Georgia is allowing some businesses to reopen after weeks of forced closures and stay-at-home orders. The state has seen around 26,000 cases of COVID-19 and 1,100 deaths associated with the disease.

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Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp has temporarily dropped the requirement for teenagers to pass a road test before obtaining their driver's license.
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Thursday, 30 April 2020 10:02 AM
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