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What is the Teenage & Adult Driver Responsibility Act (TADRA)?
The Teenage and Adult Driver Responsibility Act addresses the leading killer of our young people - traffic crashes. The law significantly changes the way young motorists earn and maintain the privilege of driving by providing a controlled means for new drivers to gain experience and by reducing high-risk driving situations. While the law does focus on young drivers, it also contains important provisions that affect drivers over 21, particularly in the area of DUI prevention and enforcement.

Earning a Driver's License
Step 1: Instruction Permit
This is granted to 15 year-olds upon passage of a written examination. While driving, the permit holder must be accompanied by a fully licensed adult 21 years of age or older.

Step 2: Intermediate License
This license is granted to drivers between 16 and 18 years of age who have held an Instruction Permit for 12 months and passed a comprehensive on road driving test. The Intermediate License has the following restrictions:
  • No driving between the hours of 12 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. "No Exceptions"
  • For the first 6 months, any passengers must be immediate family members.
  • Anyone who obtains an initial Class D license must have completed:
    1. An approved driver education course and a cumulative total of at least 20 hours of supervised driving (6 hours of which were at night). OR...
    2. A cumulative total of at least 40 hours of supervised driving (6 hours of which were at night).
Special Notes:
  • The supervised driving requirement also applies to an initial Class C license applicant, who has not previously been issued a Class D license.
  • Visit the GOHS Website (www.gahighwaysafety.org) for a copy of a Teen Driver/Parent Agreement. Click here for a Supervised Driving Log (in .pdf format).
Step 3: Full License
For drivers 18 years of age or older who hold a Class D license, this license is granted if there have been no major traffic convictions for the previous 12 months. License must be upgraded to Class C or you will be held to Class D restrictions regardless of your age.

TADRA Violations
A driver can only move to the next level if he or she has completed 12 consecutive months without a conviction for any of the following:
  • DUI
  • Fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer
  • Racing
  • Reckless driving
  • Hit and run
  • Any moving violation for which four or more points are assessable
Suspension of License
If a driver under the age of 21 is convicted for any of the following offenses, their license will be suspended for 6 months (1st offense) or 12 months (2nd offense).
  • Fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer
  • Racing
  • Reckless driving
  • Hit and Run
  • Purchase of an alcoholic beverage
  • Misrepresenting age for the purpose of illegally obtaining any alcoholic beverage
  • Misrepresenting identity or using false identification for the purpose of purchasing or obtaining any alcoholic beverage
  • Any moving violation for which four or more points are assessable
  • For drivers under age 18, an accumulation of four or more points in a 12-month period will also result in a suspension
  • A first conviction for DUI in which the driver's blood alcohol concentration is 0.08 grams or higher will result in a 12-month suspension.