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What laws govern Georgia commercial driver’s licenses?

If you plan on applying for a commercial driver’s license in Georgia, you should be aware of the strict requirements in place. For example, applicants must be 21. However, people between 18 and 20 who satisfy other requirements may be granted a license, though it will only be valid for use in the state.

As the Georgia Department of Driver Services points out, the following are also requirements for commercial vehicle drivers

  • Passing applicable written and skills tests
  • Must be able to see at least 20/40 either naturally or with corrective lenses
  • Must qualify under federal physical requirements

Once you are licensed, there are laws that will apply specifically to you. For example, no one who holds a commercial driver’s license is permitted to text while operating a vehicle. Further, most drivers in Georgia are subject to drunk driving laws that set the legal blood alcohol concentration at lower than 0.08 percent. However, someone operating a commercial vehicle may be arrested on charges of drunk driving if he or she has a BAC of 0.04 percent or higher.

In addition to the different types of commercial driver’s licenses available, there are also endorsements and restrictions. For example, someone who drives a passenger vehicle will have to take knowledge and skills tests to get the endorsement placed on the license. Similar rules apply if you plan to operate a school bus, a tank vehicle, vehicles with multiple trailers and vehicles that pull hazardous materials.

You may also be subject to restrictions, such as not getting authorized to operate a vehicle with air brakes or a manual transmission. It is important to research the laws that will apply to you and your license to ensure that you are not in violation of state or federal guidelines. Drivers who stray from these rules could face severe consequences, especially in the event of an accident.

While this information may be useful, it should not be taken as legal advice.

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