A teenager sitting in the driver's seat of a car, looking through the window smiling at the camera.  Her father or a driving instructor is sitting in the passenger seat.  She is learning how to drive.

Joshua's Law Online Course

 Meet Your Joshua’s Law Requirement

We’ve designed an affordable, online course that fully meets the Joshua’s Law classroom requirements mandated by the state of Georgia. We are one of the few recognized online driver’s education classes that are 100% online. Keep reading to learn what’s covered in the course and what you need to obtain your Class D driver’s license.

About Our Joshua's Law Online Course

Georgia DDS Approved

Our course is recognized and approved by the Georgia Department of Driver Services (DDS) to fulfill your Joshua’s Law training requirement. We report your results directly to the state once you’ve completed the course.

Flexible Schedule

Because you work at your own pace (and from the comfort of your own home), how fast or slow you move through the course is dependent on your study style and your schedule.

Set Up for Success

You will take lesson quizzes throughout the course. Our units are designed to completely prepare you for all of the quizzes. If you do the work, you’ll pass the class with no problem.

24/7 Customer Support

If you are having trouble, you can contact us. We are available to talk 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

What Joshua’s Law Means for Teens in Georgia

Joshua’s Law added two main elements to Georgia’s three-tiered Graduated Licensing system:

  1. Every teen in Georgia interested in obtaining a provisional driver’s license must complete a mandatory 30 hours of driver’s education.
  2. Every teen interested in obtaining a provisional license must complete at least 40 hours of supervised driving, six of which must occur at night.

What Will You Learn in Our Joshua’s Law Online Course?

Because our course complies with state requirements, it takes about 30 hours to complete. We break down the information that you need to master into units that are made up of text and video elements. Each unit is timed, although most students don’t need all of the time allotted per unit. The timer is simply to let the state of Georgia know that you’ve met your 30-hour requirement once you’ve completed the course. Most students will finish in 30-40 hours.

Our course is based on the Driver Training Curriculum Standards (DTCS) issued by the state of Georgia. It takes place 100% online and is built to accommodate your schedule so you can decide when, where and at what pace you want to work.

Topics Covered in Joshua's Law Training Course

  • Traffic laws and licensing procedures
  • Basic vehicle operating procedures
  • How momentum, gravity, and inertia affect vehicle control and balance
  • How to avoid potential conflicts
  • How to deal with controlled and uncontrolled intersections, curves, railroad crossings and hills
  • How to drive on an expressway
  • How to communicate with other drivers
  • How alcohol and drugs affect you psychologically and physiologically
  • Legal consequences of drinking, using drugs, and driving
  • How aggressive driving can lead to consequences
  • How fatigue can lead to consequences
  • How to identify distractions
  • Environmental changes that affect visibility and traction and how to deal with them
  • How to use vehicle occupant protection features
  • How to respond to emergencies in order to reduce collisions
  • How to interact with other individuals on the road
  • Braking systems and techniques
  • How to perform preventative maintenance
  • What your responsibilities are legally and financially when you own a vehicle
  • How to read a map and plan a trip

History of Joshua’s Law

Senate Bill 226 (also known as Joshua’s Law) has been on the books since 2007. It was written and enacted in memory of Joshua Brown, a 17 year old who died in 2003 when his car hydroplaned.

After Joshua’s tragic death, his mother and father started the Joshua Brown Foundation. They began to lobby for changes in the law because they believed that their son’s death could have been prevented had he undergone a more comprehensive driver’s education.

The law passed in 2005 and went into effect in 2007. According to the text of the bill, “the death of this young man has underscored the need for a greater effort to train Georgia young people in how to drive.”

Steps to Getting Your License: Georgia’s Graduated Licensing System

Georgia’s graduated licensing system is a three-tiered program. You start with an instructional permit, then graduate to a provisional/intermediate license (Class D), and finally to a full driver’s license (Class C).

  1. Instructional permit:
    1. How to Get it: You must be at least 15 years old. Bring a parent, guardian, or Driver’s Ed instructor sign your application; present a high school diploma, a GED, or a certificate of attendance dated within the last 30 days; and bring the appropriate documents (proof of address, proof of identity, etc.). You must then pass a vision and written test. Once you’ve done all this, you’re eligible for a permit.
    2. How to Use It: You have to drive with a licensed driver who is at least 21 years old in the front seat.
  2. Provisional License  (Class D):
    1. How to Get It: You have to be 16 years old and you have to have had your instructional permit for a year. Complete your Joshua’s Law requirements (30-hour course and 40 hours of supervised driving) and an Alcohol and Drug Awareness Program and you are eligible to apply. Bring a guardian, proof of identity, proof of residency, proof of your social security number and a high school diploma, a GED, or a certificate of attendance dated within the last 30 days.
    2. How to Use It: You can only drive between the hours of 6am and midnight. For the first six months, you can only drive with immediate family; for the next six months, you can drive with no more than one passenger under 21 years old who is not immediate family; for the next 6 months, you can drive with no more than three passengers under 21 years old who are not immediate family.
  3. Unrestricted License (Class C)
    1. How to Get It: You have to be 18 years old. You cannot have received any major traffic violations within the past year. (Major violations include DUIs, reckless driving charges, and any violation worth 4 points or more.)
    2. How to Use It: Follow the Georgia driving laws.
Teenager learning to drive

Parents: 10 Ways You Can Help Your Teen Drive Safely

1. Make a checklist.

Know what is on your teen’s plate. He or she is going to need 30 hours of classroom instruction and 40 hours of supervised driving to fulfill Joshua’s Law training. You can start with that. Make sure you have your teens documents in order for every trip to the DMV. You may need to prove identity, social security number, residence, etc.

2. Enjoy the passenger seat.

Your teen probably owes you quite a few rides at this point, so you need to let them drive. Perhaps you don’t want to start with a freeway or 5 o’clock traffic, but the more situations in which they are driving, the more they are learning.

3. Practice specifics with your teen.

One of the Joshua’s Law requirements for an unrestricted license is 40 hours of supervised driving (six of which must be at night). Take this time to actually work with your teen. Pull over in a parking lot and practice three point turns. Master parallel parking in front of your house. Work on the details.

4. Start slow.

You don’t need to start with a busy road. In fact, you should definitely start in a parking lot or a very low-traffic neighborhood. Driving can be overwhelming. Let your teen work up to it.

5. Lead by example.

When you’re in the driver’s seat, follow the rules. Use your turn signals (even when there aren’t other cars around), drive at the speed limit, and stop fully and stop signs. Your teen will emulate the way you drive for better or for worse.

6. When you’re driving, talk about what you’re doing.

When you encounter a roundabout, a four-way stop, or a train crossing, let your teen know what you’re doing and why you’re doing it. They’ll be studying these scenarios in their Joshua’s Law course work, but it also helps to see it play out in the real world.

7. Educate yourself. Know the laws and why they exist.

If you understand the laws (both licensing laws and general driving laws), you may be able to explain them in a way that your teen can understand. For example, most teens probably aren’t too thrilled at the prospect of a 30-hour class. If you know the heartbreaking history behind the law, though, it becomes clear why Joshua’s Law is necessary and important to the state of Georgia.

8. Help your teen study.

Make flashcards, offer to help study for quizzes and help your teen practice before their written and driving tests.

9. Let your teen apply what they’re learning, but don’t expect an expert overnight.

Learning to drive takes time. They will make mistakes, but mistakes can be learning moments.

10. Don’t ignore mistakes, do reward successes.

It is important to make sure you let your teen driver know if they do something incorrect, illegal or dangerous. It is just as important to let them know what they are doing right.

Georgia DMV Locations and Addresses

Location Area Served Full Address
Albany Dougherty 2062 Newton Rd

Albany, GA 31701

Alpharetta Fulton 11575 Maxwell Road

Alpharetta, GA 30009

Americus Sumter 1601 N. Martin Luther King Blvd

Suite 270

Americus, GA 31709

Athens Clarke 1505 US Highway 29 North

Athens, GA 30601

Atlanta Fulton 400 Whitehall Street SW

Atlanta, GA 30303

Augusta Richmond 3423 Mike Padgett Hwy

Augusta, GA 30916

Bainbridge Decatur 101 Airport Road

Bainbridge, GA 39817

Between Walton 1010 Heritage Parkway

Between, GA 30655

Blairsville Union 37 Chase Drive

Blairsville, GA 30512

Blue Ridge Fannin 211 Industrial Blvd

Blue Ridge, GA 30513

Brunswick Glynn 134 Jack Hartman Blvd

Brunswick, GA 31525

Calhoun Gordon 242 Public Safety Dr. SE

402 Belwood Rd (Previous Address)

Calhoun, GA 30701

Canton Cherokee 220 Brown Industrial Parkway

Suite 200

Canton, GA 30114

Carrollton Carroll 512 Old Newnan Road

Carrollton, GA 30117

Cartersville Bartow 1304 Joe Frank Harris Pkwy

Cartersville, GA 30121

Cedartown Polk 1626 Rockmart Highway

Cedartown, GA 30125

Columbus Muscogee 8397 Macon Rd

Midland, GA 31820

Conyers Rockdale 2206 Eastview Parkway NE

Conyers, GA 30013

Cordele Crisp 409 South Midway Rd

Cordele, GA 31015

Covington Newton 8134 Geiger St

Covington, GA 30014

Cumming Forsyth 400 Aquatic Circle

Cumming, GA 30040

Cuthbert Randolph 675 Blakely St

Cuthbert, GA 39840

Dallas Paulding 114 Justice Center Drive

Dallas, GA 30132

Dalton Whitfield 235 Wagner Road

Dalton, GA 30721

Decatur DeKalb 2801 Candler Road

Suite 82

Decatur, GA 30034

Douglas Coffee 348 Thomas Frier Sr Dr

Douglas, GA 31535

Dublin Laurens 620 County Farm Road

Dublin, GA 31021

Elberton Elbert 45 Forest Avenue

Elberton, GA 30635

Evans Columbia 4408 Evans to Locks Road

Evans, GA 30809

Fayetteville Fayette 749 West Lanier Ave

Suite 102

Fayetteville, GA 30214

Forest Park Clayton 5036 State Route 85

Forest Park, GA 30297

Fort Benning Chattahoochee 6691 Marchant Avenue

Bldg 217

Fort Benning, GA 31905

Gainesville Hall 1010 Aviation Blvd

Gainesville, GA 30501

Greensboro Greene 1180 C Weldon Smith Drive

Suite 108

Greensboro, GA 30642

Griffin Spalding 1313 Arthur K Bolton Pkwy

Griffin, GA 30223

Helena Telfair 351 8th Street

Helena, GA 31037

Hinesville Liberty 2301 Airport Rd

Hinesville, GA 31313

Jackson Butts 149 Riverview Park Rd

Jackson, GA 30233

Kennesaw Cobb 3690 Old 41 Hwy NW

Kennesaw, GA 30144

Kingsland Camden 333 South Ashley Street

Kingsland, GA 31548

LaGrange Troup 900 Dallis St

Suite B

LaGrange, GA 30240

Lawrenceville Gwinnett 310 Hurricane Shoals Rd NE

Lawrenceville, GA 30046

Lithonia DeKalb 8040 Rockbridge Rd

Lithonia, GA 30058

Locust Grove Henry 619 Tanger Blvd

Locust Grove, GA 30248

Macon Bibb 200 Cherry Street

Macon, GA 31201

Marietta Cobb 1605 County Services Pkwy

Marietta, GA 30008

Milledgeville Baldwin 200 Carl Vinson Rd

Milledgeville, GA 31061

Newnan Coweta 128 Bullsboro Drive

Newnan, GA 30263

Norcross Gwinnett 2211 Beaver Ruin Rd

Norcross, GA 30071

Perry Houston 450 Larry Walker Parkway

Perry, GA 31069

Reidsville Tattnall 3092 Ga. Hwy 147

Reidsville, GA 30453

Rincon Effingham 2792 Hwy 21 South

Rincon, GA 31326

Rock Spring Walker 156 Pin Oak Dr

Rock Spring, GA 30739

Rome Floyd 3390 Martha Berry Hwy NE

Rome, GA 30165

Sandersville Washington 115 Jones Street

Sandersville, GA 31082

Savannah Chatham 1117 Eisenhower Drive

Savannah, GA 31406

Statesboro Bulloch 19051 U.S. 301

Statesboro, GA 30461

Swainsboro Emanuel 994 Hwy 1 North

Swainsboro, GA 30401

Thomaston Upson 281 Knight Trail

Thomaston, GA 30286

Thomasville Thomas 4788 US 84 Bypass

Thomasville, GA 31792

Thomson McDuffie 172 Bob Kirk Rd

Thomson, GA 30824

Tifton Tift 3057 US Hwy 41 S.

Tifton, GA 31794

Toccoa Stephens 62 Doyle St

Toccoa, GA 30577

Trenton Dade 75 Case Ave

Trenton, GA 30752

Valdosta Lowndes 371 Gil Harbin Industrial Blvd

Valdosta, GA 31601

Warner Robins Houston 198 Carl Vinson Pkwy

Warner Robins, GA 31088

Waycross Ware 3029 Memorial Dr

Waycross, GA 31501