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Student drivers in Georgia seemingly caught a lucky break two weeks ago, when Governor Brian Kemp announced that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, they would be able to acquire their license without having to take a road test.

While the executive order still mandated a certain amount of hours of supervised driving and written parental consent, opinions were split over whether or not it was a good idea. Some parents felt that a driving test is unnecessary after so many hours of supervised driving with adults. Others felt that since the supervised hours are signed off based on the honor system at home, a driving test is necessary to prove a student driver’s ability behind the wheel.

In the two weeks since Governor Kemp waived the driving test requirement, nearly 20,000 student drivers have acquired licenses after applying online.

In a press conference yesterday (May 12th), Governor Kemp clarified his previous mandate with a new executive order, saying that any student driver who gets their license without a road test during the pandemic, WILL have to return to the DMV and complete a road test at a later date. The deadline to take the road test is September 30th, 2020.


Jenny Bender is one third of the Kicks Wake Up Krew on Kicks 99 in Augusta, Georgia, along with Cash & Dub. She's married to Chris Bender and is doting dog mom to their two rescue fur babies, Mary Poppins Bender & Truly Scrumptious Bender. Jenny is a karaoke queen who loves Jesus, country music, cheese, the color pink, and the smell of new books.