Wed. Jun 19th, 2024

Amended 2021 (a) To whom issued. (1) Notwithstanding any contrary provision of this Code section or Code Section 40-5-57, 40-5-57.2, 40-5- 63, 40-5-75, 40-5-121, or 42-8-111, any person who has not been previously convicted or adjudicated delinquent for a violation of Code Section 40-6-391 within five years, as measured from the dates of previous arrests for which convictions were obtained or pleas of nolo contendere were accepted to the date of the current arrest, may apply for a limited driving permit when: (A) That person’s driver’s license has been suspended in accordance with: (i) Subsection (d) of Code Section 40-5-57; (ii) Paragraph (1) of subsection (a) of Code Section 40-5-57.2; (iii) Paragraph (1) of subsection (a) of Code Section 40-5-63; (iv) Paragraph (1) of subsection (a) of Code Section 40-5-67.2; or (v) Subsection (a) of Code Section 40-5-57.1, when the person is 18 years of age or older and his or her license was suspended for exceeding the speed limit by 24 miles per hour or more but less than 34 miles per hour; and (B) The sentencing judge, in his or her discretion, decides it is reasonable to issue a limited driving permit. (2) No person who has been granted an exemption from the ignition interlock device requirements of Article 7 of Chapter 8 of Title 42 due to undue financial hardship under Code Section 42-8-111 shall be eligible for a limited driving permit, an ignition interlock device limited driving permit, or any other driving privilege for a period of one year. (3) To the extent a person is subject to more than one suspension for which a limited driving permit may be issued, the department shall not issue such permit unless the suspensions are for a conviction for driving under the influence in violation of Code Section 40-6-391 imposed pursuant to Code Section 40-5-63 and an administrative suspension imposed pursuant to paragraph (1) of subsection (a) of Code Section 40-5- 67.2 arising from the same incident.

(b) Application form. Applications for limited driving permits shall be made upon such forms as the commissioner may prescribe. Such forms shall require such information as is necessary for the department to deter- mine the need for such permit. All applications shall be signed by the applicant before a person authorized to administer oaths.

(c) Standards for approval. The department shall issue a limited driving permit if the application indicates that refusal to issue such permit would cause extreme hardship to the applicant. Except as otherwise provided by subsection (c.1) of this Code section, for the purposes of this Code section, the term extreme hardship means that the applicant cannot reasonably obtain other transportation, and therefore the applicant would be prohibited from: (1) Going to his or her place of employment or performing the normal duties of his or her occupation; (2) Receiving scheduled medical care or obtaining prescription drugs; (3) Attending a college or school at which he or she is regularly enrolled as a student; (4) Attending regularly scheduled sessions or meetings of support organizations for persons who have addiction or abuse problems related to alcohol or other drugs, which organizations are recognized by the commissioner; (5) Attending under court order any driver education or improvement school or alcohol or drug program or course approved by the court which entered the judgment of conviction resulting in suspension of his or her driver’s license or by the commissioner; (6) Attending court; reporting to a community supervision, juvenile probation, or Article 6 of Chapter 8 of Title 42 probation office; reporting to a community supervision officer, county or Department of Juvenile Justice juvenile probation officer, or probation officer serving pursuant to Article 6 of Chapter 8 of Title 42; or performing community service; (7) Transporting an immediate family member who does not hold a valid driver’s license for work, to obtain medical care or prescriptions, or to school; or (8) Attending any program, event, treatment, or activity ordered by a judge presiding in an accountability court, as such term is defined in Code Section 15-1-18. (c.1) Exception to standards for approval. The provisions of paragraphs (2), (3), (4), and (5) of subsection (c) of this Code section shall not apply and shall not be considered for purposes of granting a limited driving permit or imposing conditions thereon under this Code section in the case of a driver’s license suspension under paragraph (2) of subsection (a.1) of Code Section 40-5-22.

(d) Conditions attached. A limited driving permit shall be endorsed with such conditions as the commissioner deems necessary to ensure that such permit will be used by the permittee only to avoid the conditions of extreme hardship. Such conditions may include the following restrictions: (1) Specific places between which the permittee may be allowed to operate a motor vehicle; (2) Routes to be followed by the permittee; (3) Times of travel; (4) The specific vehicles which the permittee may operate; and (5) Such other restrictions as the department may require.

(e) Fees, duration, renewal, and replacement of limited driving permit. (1) A limited driving permit issued pursuant to this Code section shall be $25.00 and shall become invalid upon: (A) The expiration of one year following issuance thereof in the case of a suspension: (i) For an offense listed in Code Section 40-5-54; (ii) Under Code Section 40-5-57; (iii) Under Code Section 40-5-57.2; or (iv) In accordance with paragraph (1) of subsection (a) of Code Section 40-5-63 for a violation of Code Section 40-6-391; (B) The expiration of 30 days in the case of an administrative license suspension in accordance with para- graph (1) of subsection (a) of Code Section 40-5-67.2; or (C) Any earlier reinstatement of the driver’s license. (2) A person may apply to the department for a limited driving permit immediately following such conviction if he or she has surrendered his or her driver’s license to the court in which the conviction was adjudged or to the department if the department has processed the administrative driver’s license suspension form or conviction. Upon the applicant’s execution of an affidavit attesting to such facts and to the fact that the court had not imposed a suspension or revocation of his or her driver’s license or driving privileges inconsistent with the driving privileges to be conferred by the limited driving permit applied for, the department may issue such person a limited driving permit. (3) Limited driving permits issued pursuant to this Code section are renewable upon payment of a renewal fee of $5.00. Such permits may be renewed one time after the person is eligible to reinstate his or her driver’s license for the violation that was the basis of the issuance of the permit. (4) Upon payment of a fee in an amount the same as that provided by Code Section 40-5-25 for issuance of a Class C driver’s license, a person may be issued a replacement for a lost or destroyed limited driving permit issued to him or her.

(f) Liability of issuing officer. No official or employee of the department shall be criminally or civilly liable or subject to being held in contempt of court for issuing a limited driving permit in reliance on the truth of the affidavits required by this Code section.

(g) Revocation of limited driving permit. (1) Any limited driving permittee who is convicted of violating any state law relating to the movement of vehicles or any limited driving permittee who is convicted of violating the conditions endorsed on his or her limited driving permit shall have such permit revoked by the department. Any court in which such conviction is had shall require such permittee to surrender his or her limited driving permit to the court, and the court shall forward it to the department within ten days after the conviction, with a copy of the conviction. (2) Any person whose limited driving permit has been revoked shall not be eligible to apply for a driver’s license until six months from the date such permit was surrendered to the department. In any case of revocation of a limited driving permit pursuant to paragraph (1) of this subsection, the department may impose an additional period of suspension for the conviction upon which revocation of the permit was based.

(h) Hearings. Any person whose permit has been revoked or who has been refused a permit by the department may make a request in writing for a hearing to be provided by the department. Such hearing shall be provided by the department within 30 days after the receipt of such request and shall follow the procedures required by Chapter 13 of Title 50, the Georgia Administrative Procedure Act. Appeal from such hearing shall be in accordance with said chapter.

(i) Rules and regulations. The commissioner may promulgate such rules and regulations as are necessary to implement this Code section.

(j) Penalty. Any permittee who operates a motor vehicle in violation of any condition specified on the permit shall be guilty of a misdemeanor.