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.

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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.

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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, 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.

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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.