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2010 Georgia Code
TITLE 40 – MOTOR VEHICLES AND TRAFFIC CHAPTER 5 – DRIVERS’ LICENSES ARTICLE 2 – ISSUANCE, EXPIRATION, AND RENEWAL OF LICENSES § 40-5-20 – License required; surrender of prior licenses; local licenses prohibited
O.C.G.A. 40-5-20 (2010)
40-5-20. License required; surrender of prior licenses; local licenses prohibited
(a) No person, except those expressly exempted in this chapter, shall drive any motor vehicle upon a highway in this state unless such person has a valid driver’s license under this chapter for the type or class of vehicle being driven. Any person who is a resident of this state for 30 days shall obtain a Georgia driver’s license before operating a motor vehicle in this state. Any violation of this subsection shall be punished as provided in Code Section 40-5-121, except the violation of driving with an expired license, or a violation of Code Section 40-5-29 or if such person produces in court a valid driver’s license issued by this state to such person, he or she shall not be guilty of such offenses. Any court having jurisdiction over traffic offenses in this state shall report to the department the name and other identifying information of any individual convicted of driving without a license.
(b) No person, except those expressly exempted in this chapter, shall steer or, while within the passenger compartment of such vehicle, exercise any degree of physical control of a vehicle being towed by a motor vehicle upon a highway in this state unless such person has a valid driver’s license under this chapter for the type or class of vehicle being towed.
(c) (1) Except as provided in paragraph (2) of this subsection and in Code Section 40-5-32, no person shall receive a driver’s license unless and until such person surrenders to the department all valid licenses in such person’s possession issued to him or her by this or any other jurisdiction. All surrendered licenses issued by another jurisdiction shall be destroyed. The license information shall be forwarded to the previous jurisdiction. No person shall be permitted to have more than one valid driver’s license at any time.
(2) Any noncitizen who is eligible for issuance of a driver’s license pursuant to the requirements of this chapter may be issued a driver’s license without surrendering any driver’s license previously issued to him or her by any foreign jurisdiction. This exemption shall not apply to a person who is applying for a commercial driver’s license or who is required to terminate any previously issued driver’s license pursuant to federal law. The department shall make a notation on the driving record of any person who retains a foreign driver’s license, and this information shall be made available to law enforcement officers and agencies on such person’s driving record through the Georgia Crime Information Center.
(d) Any person licensed as a driver under this chapter may exercise the privilege thereby granted upon all streets and highways in this state and shall not be required to obtain any other license to exercise such privilege by any county, municipality, or local board or body having authority to adopt local police regulations.
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