A branch office
of any driver training school and/or limited driver training school shall be
licensed in the same manner and subject to the same qualifications as the
principal office of the school. Paragraph (1) through (7) does not apply to a
limited driver training school offering a virtual program only.
(a) The fee for a license for a branch office
shall be the same as required for any original application.
(b) Any location containing a classroom
separate from the licensed facility shall be considered a separate branch
(2) No driver
training school and/or limited driver training school shall not be located
within 500 feet of any building or portion of any building that is used for the
purpose of conducting examination for a driver license or for the issuance of a
(3) No billboard of
a driver training school may be displayed within 500 feet of any building or
portion of any building that is used by the Department for the purpose of
conducting driver examinations or the issuance of driver licenses, unless such
sign or advertisement existed prior to the Department establishing a new
facility. The Department may approve other advertisements within or nearby a
(4) Any school or
classroom facility utilized for or approved for the purposes of a driver
training school shall comply with the requirements set forth by the Americans
with Disabilities Act of 1990, before a permit is issued. The owner shall
certify to the Department that the facility complies with the Act and its
(a) A licensed driver training school and/or
limited driver training school that provides instruction via distance learning
methods in a classroom of a secondary school, or approved driver training
school classroom shall not be required to obtain a separate license for the use
of that classroom; provided that prior notice must be given to, and approval
granted by, the Department prior to the use of such a facility. Such approval
will be considered only if requested by a licensed driver training school
and/or limited driver training school that has held a license in good standing
for the preceding five years prior to the application.
(b) A classroom used for distance learning
must be staffed by a licensed instructor or proctor at all times during the
provision of instruction. The school must ensure that adequate equipment is
provided at the remote site to enable students to view and hear the instructor
and to enable the instructor to hear comments and questions from the students
at the remote site. In the event the equipment ceases to function at any time,
no further instruction may be provided at the remote site unless a licensed
instructor is present to continue instruction in person. Only a licensed
instructor may issue certificates of completion.
(6) If a licensed driver training school
and/or limited driver training school closes a facility, the school must
furnish thirty (30) days' advance written notice of the closing to the
Department. A copy of said notice shall be posted on the exterior door of the
facility so as to be visible to the school's customers or students. Any license
for that facility must be surrendered to the Department. Unused Certificates of
Completion must be transferred to another school facility or returned to the
Department. Class rosters must be transferred to another school facility or
submitted to the Department prior to the closure of the facility.
(7) All classrooms shall provide the
necessary films, brochures and other printed and/or electronic materials to be
used in providing all courses of instruction.
(8) All Virtual Driver Training Programs
shall provide a student workbook approved by the Department.
(9) Driver Training Schools that provide
classes of instruction via distance learning methods must also provide at the
same location, six (6) hours of behind the wheel instruction by a licensed
driver training school instructor.
(10) Limited Driver Training Schools will not
be required to comply with (9) above.
The Department may develop policies and procedures for the delivery of remote
classroom instruction for certified Driver Training programs in the event of a
public health state of emergency, natural disaster, or man-made
(b) A certified Driver
Training program may utilize remote services for classroom instruction. Such
instruction and training may be done via web services, such as, but not limited
to, Skype, Zoom, or Web Ex. Instruction must be synchronous instruction
allowing for real-time instruction and interaction in a specific virtual place,
through a specific online medium, at a specific time.
(c) Schools utilizing such methods must
notify and obtain prior approval from the Department and keep rosters and
required documents of students enrolled in these programs pursuant to existing
rules and regulations of the Department. Such programs shall continue to be
subject to all monitoring, training, and auditing pursuant to existing rules
and regulations of the Department.
Ga. Comp. R. &
Regs. R. 375-5-2-.10
Rule entitled "Location of School" adopted. F. Oct.
25, 2004; eff. Nov. 14, 2004.
Amended: F. Sept. 11,
2006; eff. Oct. 1, 2006.
Amended: F. Dec. 21,
2016; eff. Jan. 10, 2017.
Amended: New title "Location of Driver Training
School or Limited Driver Training School." F. Aug.
12, 2020; eff. Sept. 1, 2020.