ATLANTA, Ga. (CW69 News at 10) — As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, thousands of new drivers have been able to bypass the road test, which has been a major requirement to get a driver’s license for years.

However, in yesterday’s press conference, Governor Brian Kemp explained the suspension of the road test requirement is only temporary, and teenagers who met other requirements for getting a license will still have to go back and take it.

Kemp suspended the road test rule in an Executive Order issued on April 23, 2020, indicating:

Applicants shall not be required to complete a comprehensive on-the-road test, provided all other requirements outlined in Code Section 40-5-27 are met.

The requirements include 40 hours of driver training.

However, Kemp indicated in the Executive Order issued on May 12, 2020, that the Georgia Department of Driver Services (DDS) will correct public guidance documents to reflect:

The on-the-road test was only temporarily suspended by Executive Order 04.23.20.02, and that all drivers who received licenses pursuant to that Order are still required to and shall complete an on-the-road test to maintain their driver’s license.

The May 12 order also indicates all drivers who received a license prior to completing the on-the-road test must complete one by September 30, 2020.

On its website, the DDS has also provided a link to the executive order and is advising all customers to schedule an appointment before visiting one of its locations.

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