By: Atlanta DUI Lawyer and Trial Attorney Larry Kohn, Law Firm Partner Representing Clients in Felony or Misdemeanor DUI Cases and for Other Traffic Tickets

License Reinstatement After GA DUI


Criminal traffic law violations involving driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs trigger the automatic loss of driving privileges in Georgia. This loss of privileges is true whether the driver is a Georgia resident or not, and applies to those licensed in other states, as well as those who have no driver’s license at all.

Georgia laws call for suspending a person’s driver’s license for a host of reasons. A short list includes not paying child support, failure to have liability insurance on your motor vehicle, having a bad driving record by accumulating too many demerit points for traffic tickets like speeding, and dropping out of high school. While our Georgia attorneys fight all traffic tickets, impaired driving is the No. 1 type of serious misdemeanor that our litigation specialists are asked to challenge for clients.

Georgia DUI Laws Require You To Pay A Reinstatement Fee


GA DDS license reinstatement fee

The Georgia Department of Driver Services (DDS) will NEVER reinstate you on its records UNTIL you comply with the DUI license reinstatement requirements handed down by the Georgia Legislature. These requirements include completion of a drugs and alcohol “educational” component officially named “the Risk Reduction program.”

Most clients refer to this “re-education” component as DUI school or DUI classes. The Georgia DDS-approved course runs for 20 hours. For drivers now out of state, the GA DDS is willing to permit certificates from other states, so long as the course is on this GA DMV “approved” list of DUI schools that utilize comparable rehabilitative-type courses.

Simply stated, to get a driver’s license reinstated in GA, you will have to show proof of taking a “re-education” course that reminds you of the risks of driving under the influence (DUI-DWI). This proof alone is not enough. The person MUST pay the applicable reinstatement license fee associated with your drunk driving offense (1st DUI, 2nd DUI, etc.)

Can I Get a Restricted License From Georgia DMV After My DUI Conviction?

This question is one of our most common questions, which is probably true of most DUI law offices with attorneys near me. Of critical importance in answering the question is HOW your DUI case is resolved, at BOTH the ADMINISTRATIVE stage and the CRIMINAL stage, after a DUI conviction.

The starting point for deciding WHEN you are eligible is determining whether you submitted to the post-arrest “chemical test” of blood, breath, or urine. Next, is this a first offense DUI in five years, based on dates of arrest, or not?


Georgia limited driving permit after DUI

One reason our criminal lawyers strongly recommend only hiring DUI experts is that a DUI refusal being lost at the administrative license hearing can BLOCK you getting a limited driving permit after the criminal case is concluded.

Award-Winning DUI Attorneys And Three Published Drunk Driving Book Authors

GA License Reinstatement Lawyer

Our law firm has four different metro Atlanta Georgia office locations, to give you a FREE DUI attorney consultation near me. Three locations are in Fulton County (Atlanta, Sandy Springs, and Alpharetta), and one is in Marietta, Cobb County GA. Check out the many BOTTOM LINKS about our criminal attorneys near me.

Our law partners (Cory Yager, an ex-cop, Board-Certified DUI Lawyer Bubba Head, and Larry Kohn) offer all citizens facing traffic tickets a FREE lawyer consultation near me since our criminal defense attorneys in Atlanta know how confusing a DUI in Georgia criminal charge can be. All three partners are have publications in national legal books on drunk driving.

If your pending case is in South Georgia, even though we defend clients statewide, our Atlanta law office can suggest DUI lawyers near me, regardless of where you live. Call us at 404-567-5515 for initial FREE legal advice.

The Seven Busiest Atlanta Metro DDS Offices in Georgia

GA DDS Phone Number

All seven locations shown below offer EXTENDED HOURS of operation:


Tuesday – Friday: 7:30 AM – 6:30 PM

Saturday: 7:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Caution: If a State holiday occurs on a Monday or a Friday, be certain to check online for SPECIAL HOURS of operation.

Fulton County DDS Offices

DDS/DMV Atlanta GA Downtown Location

400 Whitehall Street SW
Atlanta, GA 30303


North Fulton/DMV Alpharetta

11575 Maxwell Road
Alpharetta, GA 30009


Cobb County DMV/DDS Offices

West and Central/Marietta Location

1605 County Services Pkwy
Marietta, GA 30008


North Cobb/Kennesaw Location

3690 Old 41 Hwy NW
Kennesaw, GA 30144


Gwinnett County DMV Offices

Lawrenceville DDS Office

310 Hurricane Shoals Rd NE
Lawrenceville, GA 30046


Norcross DDS/DMV Office

2211 Beaver Ruin Rd
Norcross, GA 30071


DeKalb County DMV-DDS Office Location

2801 Candler Road
Suite 82
Decatur, GA 30034

Helpful Links About Our Award-Winning Georgia DUI Attorneys

William C (Bubba) Head Named 16 Straight Years to Super Lawyers and one of Georgia’s four Board-Certified attorneys for DUI in GA

Super Lawyers Rising Star Cory Yager

Atlanta Super Lawyer Larry Kohn

Helpful Links About Our Award-Winning Georgia DUI Attorneys

William C (Bubba) Head Named 16 Straight Years to Super Lawyers and one of Georgia’s four Board-Certified attorneys for DUI in GA

Super Lawyers Rising Star Cory Yager

Atlanta Super Lawyer Larry Kohn

Our attorneys in Atlanta GA and their multiple recognitions by Best Lawyers in America:

GA drunk driving lawyers Bubba Head Larry Kohn

Important Georgia DUI Laws That May Be of Interest

Main DUI statute: O.C.G.A. 40-6-391

Georgia DUI Schools for Risk Reduction DUI Classes

Alcohol and Drug Substance Abuse Counselor Link

Links Related to Administrative License Suspension in GA

Implied Consent Statute: O.C.G.A. 40-5-55

Implied Consent Notice: O.C.G.A. 40-5-67.1 relating to driver’s license suspension or revocation

The new 2017 law on the Ignition Interlock Option for drivers who refused to take the post-arrest Implied Consent Test