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Georgia's Teenage and Adult Driver Responsibility Act

Parents and students should become familiar with Georgia's Teenage and Adult Driver Responsibility Act or TAADRA (Georgia Code Section 40-5-22). The law requires local school districts to certify that a student's attendance and discipline records meet the TAADRA requirements to obtain or retain a Georgia learner's permit or driver's license. Local school districts are also required to report noncompliant public school students, private school students, and home study students to the Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) through an electronic web application.

A noncompliant student is one who:

  1. Has dropped out of school without graduating and has remained out of school for ten consecutive school days;
  2. Has ten or more school days of unexcused absences in the current academic year or ten or more school days of unexcused absences in the previous academic year; or
  3. Has been found in violation by a hearing officer, panel, or tribunal of one of the following offenses, has received a change in placement for committing one of the following offenses, or has waived his or her right to a hearing and pleaded guilty to one of the following offenses:
    1. Threatening, striking, or causing bodily harm to a teacher or other school personnel;
    2. Possession or sale of drugs or alcohol on school property or at a school sponsored event;
    3. Possession or use of a weapon on school property or at a school sponsored event. For purposes of this division, the term weapon shall have the same meaning as in Code Section 16-11-127.1 but shall not include any part of an archeological or cultural exhibit brought to school in connection with a school project.
    4. Any sexual offense prohibited under Chapter 6 of Title 16; or
    5. Causing substantial physical or visible bodily harm to or seriously disfiguring another person, including another student. O.C.G.A.  40-5-22 (a.1)

More information about TAADRA, including forms and implementation guidelines, is available on the GaDOE website. If you have questions about TAADRA or if you need assistance, please contact Jeff Hodges at (404) 463-7891 or ASK DOE at (404) 656-2800 or (800) 311-3627