DRIVERS LICENSE SUSPENSIONS
TEMPORARY PERMITS TO DRIVE
The Judge does not suspend your license. The Judge only advises you that the Georgia Department of Driver's License Service is suspending your license and for you not to drive until you get it back.
Temporary / Work Permits are EXCLUSIVELY handled by the Georgia Department of Driver's License Service and not the City of Americus Municipal Court or the Judge. You must contact the Georgia Department of Driver's License Service to find out if you qualify for a temporary or work permit. Below is information which may answer some of your questions about how the DDS handles license matters.
The information below is taken directly from
the website of the Georgia Department of Driver Services.
However, it is not linked on that site and can only be found by searching that site.
Therefore, I have copied it here for easier access.
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.
There are three ways by which you may lose your driving privileges
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.
When your license is revoked your driving privileges are terminated and withdrawn until the end of the period of time prescribed by the formal action of the Department.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.
When your license is suspended, your driving privilege is temporarily withdrawn for a specific period of time.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.
After a conviction of a traffic offense, the court will forward notice of that conviction to the Department.
The Department shall suspend a license for a conviction of any of the following offenses in Georgia or any other state:
Your driver's license will be revoked in Georgia, if you are convicted of one of the following:
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:
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.
Under 21 Years of Age Suspension
The driver's license of any person under 21 years of age convicted of any of the following offenses shall be SUSPENDED:
A person whose driver's license has been suspended for driving under the influence shall not be issued a new driver's license without submitting proof of completion of DUI Alcohol or Drug Use Risk Reduction Program approved by the Department of Driver Services and payment of a $210 fee if processed in person or $200 if processed by mail. A person suspended for offenses other than DUI shall submit proof of the completion of a Defensive Driving Program approved by the Department of Driver Services, payment of the same fee as specified above.
The length of suspension shall be as follows:
A person whose driver's license has been suspended under subsection (a) of Code Section 40-5-57.1 shall:
Except as otherwise provided by paragraph (2) of Code Section 40-5-57.1:
(A) Upon a first suspension, be eligible to apply for and, subject to the requirements of Code Section 40-5-27 and payment of the required fees, be issued a new driver's license six months from the effective date of suspension; and
(B) Upon a second or subsequent such suspension, be eligible to apply for and, subject to the requirements of Code Section 40-5-27 and payment of required fees, be issued a new driver's license 12 months from the effective date of suspension.
If the driver's license was suspended for violation of Code Section 40-6-391 and the driver's alcohol concentration at the time of the offense was 0.08 grams or more, be eligible to apply for and, subject to the requirements of Code Section 40-5-27 and payment of required fees, be issued a new driver's license 12 months from the effective date of suspension.
How do I get my license reinstated
You may contact the Department Of Driver Services 678-413-8400, or toll-free 866-754-3687 if calling from outside metro-Atlanta. Representatives are available Monday through Friday, 8:00 am until 4:15 pm to assist with reinstatement questions.
You may submit a letter requesting reinstatement requirements to: Georgia Department of Driver Services, Post Office Box 80447, Conyers, Ga. 30013. This request must contain your name as it appears on your driverís license, license number, date of birth, correct mailing address, and your signature.
You may visit one of the
Department of Driver Services
Customer Service Centers that offers full reinstatements.
More information can be obtained at the Georgia Department of Driver's License Service website: http://www.dds.ga.gov/
(This page last updated on: Saturday, June 30, 2007))