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The Georgia Driver’s Education Commission offers the Georgia Driver’s Education Grant Scholarship Program to offer driver’s education to Georgia students. The grant scholarship program is open to Georgia residents ages fifteen through seventeen who wish to satisfy the Joshua’s Law driver’s education requirement by completing thirty hours of classroom instruction and six hours of behind the wheel driving instruction with an approved instructor. First priority will be given to grant scholarship applicants who are a child or dependent of a public safety professional or member of the United States military killed in the line of duty. Second priority will be given to scholarship applicants who can demonstrate a need based on family income. Third priority will be given to all applicants who do not meet the criteria set forth in the first priority and second priority outlined above. Grant scholarship allocations are evenly distributed among Georgia’s United States congressional districts.

Scholarships are awarded on the 1st day of each month. Notification of award or denial is sent by email. If awarded a scholarship, the award date of the scholarship must be prior to the first day of instruction or class by the driver training school.

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To report fraud or abuse, please email a brief description along with contact information to gdec@gohs.ga.govcreate new email.

If you are a Georgia Driver’s Education Grant Scholarship Program authorized providers, click on the link below to enter enroll students by entering redemption codes and submitting invoices. Use the username and password sent to you by the Georgia Driver’s Education Commission to login.

Q: How will I know if my application is approved or denied?
A: Grant scholarships will be awarded monthly. Grant scholarship awards and denials will be issued on the 1st of each month and will be sent by electronic email.

Q: How many times can I apply for a Grant Scholarship?
A: Students are only eligible to apply for a grant scholarship one time.

Q: What age does a student have to be to be eligible for a Grant Scholarship?
A: The student must be between the ages of fifteen and seventeen and possess a valid Georgia instructional driving permit or driver’s license at the time of submitting the scholarship application.

Q: If a student is approved for the scholarship, but the parent already paid for the driver’s education course, can they be reimbursed?
A: The scholarship must be awarded prior to the start date of the driver’s education course. If the driver’s education course has already been paid for by the student and the student is awarded a scholarship but training not yet begun, it is at the driver training school’s discretion to refund the fees paid or apply the fees already paid to additional services offered by the driver training school. 

Q: May I use the scholarship for only behind the wheel training or only classroom training?

A: Scholarships are only valid for students who agree to complete a standard 30/6 driver’s education course in which the student receives a minimum of thirty (30) hours of classroom training and six (6) hours of behind the wheel training. Additionally, the student’s parent or guardian must agree to complete forty (40) hours of supervised driving with the student.

Q: May I use the scholarship for online training?

A: No. Scholarships may only be applied toward a standard 30/6 driver’s education course in which the student receives a minimum of 30 hours of classroom instruction and 6 hours of behind the wheel instruction. Classroom instruction means in-person training conducted by an approved instructor. During the ongoing pandemic response, driver training schools may utilize remote services for classroom instruction including Skype, Zoom, Web Ex and other platforms for live instruction. Traditional online, self-paced, driver training programs are not allowed. 

Q: May I request an extension to my scholarship deadlines?

A: Grant Scholarship awardees must identify the provider of choice from a list of authorized

providers and redeem the grant scholarship with the provider within 30 days of the grant

scholarship award notice. Further, the driver’s education course must be completed within 180 days of the grant scholarship award date. Students and providers may request a one-time 60 day extension of the course completion deadline. Requests for additional extensions will require a note from a physician necessitating the addition time extension.

***COVID-19 Extensions: During the COVID-19 pandemic, students and providers may request an additional 90 days to complete the driver’s education course. However, scholarships must be redeemed within 30 days from the award date even if the course start date is after the 30 day redemption deadline.

Q: What is my vendor number that is requested on the Vendor Management Form?

A: Your driver training school’s vendor number will be assigned when your paperwork is processed. Leave this field blank.

Q: What is E-verify and what is my Federal Work User Identification Number?

A: E-Verify is a web-based system that allows enrolled employers to confirm the eligibility of their employees to work in the United States. E-Verify employers verify the identity and employment eligibility of newly hired employees by electronically matching information provided by employees on the Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, against records available to the Social Security Administration (SSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

 

The State of Georgia requires contractors to participate in the E-verify Program. Learn more at https://www.e-verify.gov/

 

Your Federal Work User Identification Number is an all-numeric identification number consisting of 4-7 digits. The Federal Work User Identification Number is not the same as a the FEI Number (Federal Employer Identification Number)

Q: May a student use the scholarship for only behind the wheel training or only classroom training?

A: Scholarships are only valid for students who agree to complete a standard 30/6 driver’s education course in which the student receives a minimum of thirty (30) hours of classroom training and six (6) hours of behind the wheel training. Additionally, the student’s parent or guardian must agree to complete forty (40) hours of supervised driving with the student. Providers, at their peril, may issue separate certificates for the thirty (30) hours of classroom training and six (6) hours if behind the wheel training as the student completes each portion of the driver training course.

The Georgia Driver’s Education Commission released an Executive Summaryopens PDF file  and Final Reportopens PDF file  containing key findings of the evaluation of the Georgia Driver’s Education Grant Scholarship Program and Joshua’s Law. This evaluation examined the impact of the Georgia Driver’s Education Scholarship Program, differences of driver training school outcomes based on provider types, effectiveness of methods used to satisfy Joshua’s Law, and the impact of delayed licensure.

Click HEREopens PDF file  for the Executive Summary

Click HEREopens PDF file  for the Final Report

The Georgia Driver’s Education Commission is comprised of eight members representing a cross-section of driver’s education stakeholders. The State Board of Education appoints one member of the commission, the Georgia Department of Driver Services appoints two members of the commission and the director of the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety appoints one member of the commission. The remaining four members of the commission are appointed by the Governor, two of whom shall be public school driver’s education providers and the other two shall be private driver’s education providers.

 

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Allen Poole, Chairman
Director, Governor’s Office of Highway Safety

 

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Spencer R. Moore, Vice Chairman
Director, Georgia Department of Driver Services

 

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Malika Reed Wilkins
Georgia Department of Driver Services

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*All Meetings are held at the Georgia Driver’s Education Commission unless otherwise noted.*


7 Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive Suite 643
Atlanta, Georgia 30334
Phone: 404-656-6996
email: gdec@gohs.ga.govcreate new email 

Next Meeting: June 10, 2022 2:00 p.m. at the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety located at 7 Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive Suite 643, Atlanta, Georgia 30334.

 

Public Notice4-6-10-2022 FDR
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http://www.gahighwaysafety.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/Public-Notice4-6-10-2022-FDR-1.pdf

 

December 15, 2021 (Meeting Agenda)opens PDF file

September 30, 2021 (Meeting Minutes)opens PDF file

June 22, 2021 (Meeting Minutesopens PDF file )

March 23, 2021 (Meeting Notesopens PDF file )

December 21, 2020 (Meeting Minutesopens PDF file )

September 22, 2020 (Meeting Minutesopens PDF file )

June 23, 2020 (Agendaopens PDF file )

March 31, 2020 (Agendaopens PDF file )

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December 17, 2019 (Meeting Minutesopens PDF file )

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March 26, 2019 (Meeting Minutesopens PDF file )

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December 20, 2018 (Meeting Minutesopens PDF file )

September 27, 2018 (Meeting Minutesopens PDF file )

June 26, 2018 (Meeting Minutesopens PDF file )

March 27, 2018 (Meeting Minutesopens PDF file )

December 21, 2017 (Meeting Minutesopens PDF file )

September 26, 2017 (Meeting Minutesopens PDF file )

June 26, 2017 (Meeting Minutesopens PDF file )

March 21, 2017 (Meeting Minutesopens PDF file )

November 16, 2016 (Meeting Minutesopens PDF file )

September 26, 2016 (Meeting Minutesopens PDF file )

May 24, 2016 (Meeting Minutesopens PDF file )

May 24, 2016 Public Hearing (Meeting Minutesopens PDF file )

April 20, 2016 (Meeting Minutesopens PDF file )

March 16, 2016 (Meeting Minutesopens PDF file )

November 10, 2015 (Meeting Minutesopens PDF file )

September 15, 2015 (Meeting Minutesopens PDF file )

June 29, 2015 (Meeting Minutesopens PDF file )

April 30, 2015 (Meeting Minutesopens PDF file )

March 9, 2015 (Meeting Minutesopens PDF file )

Georgia Driver’s Education Commission 7 Martin Luther King, Jr., Drive, Suite 643, Atlanta, GA 30334 Phone: 404-656-2769 Email: gdec@gohs.ga.govcreate new email

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