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Learning to drive is a major milestone in a teenager’s life! Joshua's Law requires all sixteen year olds take an approved driver's education course before obtaining their driver's license. Coastal Pines Technical College (CPTC) is an authorized provider in the Georgia Driver’s Education Grant Scholarship Program.
 
Choose from three training options:  
  1. Full Course (30/6) includes 30 hours of classroom instruction and 6 hours of behind-the-wheel instruction for a total of 36 hours and is eligible for the grant scholarship.

  2. Classroom Only course includes 30 hours of in-person classroom instruction with a certified instructor.  A driving permit is not required for registration in this course.

  3. Behind-the-Wheel Training (BTWT) Only is hourly and includes hands on instruction with a certified driving instructor and offers flexible appointments based on your schedule.

Many insurance companies award a reduction on insurance premiums upon successful completion of the full (30/6) course or at least 6 hours of behind-the-wheel training.
 
Students who are between 15 and 17 years of age and possess a valid learner’s permit are eligible to apply for the grant scholarship offered by the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety.
 

How Do I Register?

For more details on any of these steps, please read the Course Information.

  1. Choose a date and campus location.

  2. Apply for Scholarship (Optional). You will receive an email notifying you of the scholarship award status on the first day of the next month following your application. If awarded the scholarship, the Georgia Driver Education Commission (GDEC) will provide you with a voucher code, which you will enter on your CPTC registration. The voucher will expire if not submitted and redeemed within 30 days of receiving.

  3. Read the Course Information and the Student Code of Conduct.

  4. Complete the Registration Packet. Please be sure that the student and parent/guardian sign in all requested areas. You may also email communityed@coastalpines.edu to request that a copy be mailed to you or to schedule when you will pick up a copy.

  5. Submit completed Registration Packet.

    • To submit electronically, complete and submit the Upload Documentation Request. A representative will contact you within three business days with instructions for how to upload the documentation from your computer. See Course Information for detailed instructions.

    • To submit by mail, mail to the address at the top of page 2 of the Registration Packet.

    • To submit in person, see instructions in section 7 (page 3) of the Registration Packet.

  6. Student Permit: Be sure to submit a legible copy of the student’s driving permit along with the Registration Packet. The permit must be submitted in order for us to redeem the scholarship voucher. All students enrolled in a course including BTWT must submit a copy of the driving permit before BTWT is scheduled. A permit is not required for the classroom-only course.     

  7. Payment is required before any student is enrolled in any class. Choose your preference and follow the directions in the Registration Packet

For more information, please email communityed@coastalpines.edu or call 912-262-4300.

Schedule & Fees

Schedule
 
New live online training will be scheduled soon. This new training will require internet access and live interactive video and audio. Course sechedules will most likely be once every other month for 10 straight days (Mo-Fr) from 4:30-7:30pm. Attendance is required and will be monitored and documented for the entire time. Please check this page again each week for updates.
 
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Fees
  • Full Course (Classroom and Behind-the-Wheel) Registration Fee: $350 (36 Hours)
    • Eligible for grant scholarship

  • Classroom Only Registration Fee: $150 (30 Hours)
    • NOT eligible for grant scholarship

  • Behind-the-Wheel Only Registration Fee: $42 Per Hour
    • NOT eligible for grant scholarship
    • 2 hour session minimum
    • 6 hours required for Certificate of Completion

 

Apply for Scholarship

The Georgia Driver's Education Commission offers the Georgia Driver's Education Grant Scholarship Program to offer driver's education to Georgia students. The grant scholarship program is open to Georgia residents ages 15-17 who wish to satisfy the Joshua's Law driver's education requirement with an approved instructor and enroll in a course including 30 hours of classroom instruction and 6 hours of behind-the-wheel training. First priority will be given to grant scholarship applicants who are a child or dependent of a public safety professional or member of the United States military killed in the line of duty. Second priority will be given to scholarship applicants who can demonstrate a need based on family income. Third priority will be given to all applicants who do not meet the criteria set forth in the first priority and second priority outlined above. Grant scholarship allocations are evenly distributed among Georgia's United States congressional districts.
 
The parent or guardian and student must apply online to be awarded a scholarship voucher. Scholarships are awarded one time per month. You will receive an email on or around the 1st day of the month after submitting your application stating that you have or have not been awarded a scholarship in the form of a 6 digit voucher code. They will also provide a list of authorized driver training programs. If you are awarded a scholarship, you have 30 days from the receipt of the scholarship voucher code to give that code to the authorized provider of your choice. The student must complete the full course within 6 months of the scholarship voucher receipt date.
 
All inquiries concerning the scholarship, application process, results, etc. should be submitted to the GA Driver’s Education Commission or the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (GOHS)
 
Please wait to complete the CPTC Registration until you have received a response to your application for the GOHS Driver's Education Grant Scholarship.
 
Up-to-date Driver’s Education information may be found at GOHS
 
 

Behind-the-Wheel Training

The Department of Driver Services requires that parents or guardians invest, at least, 40 hours of behind-the-wheel driving practice with their teen prior to taking the road test for their license. Behind-the-wheel training is not a substitute for that instruction. It provides students with 6 hours of more complex behind-the-wheel training. By the time students begin their first behind-the-wheel training session, he or she should be able to successfully complete the following four skills: 1) basic driver preparation, 2) steering, 3) accelerating and slowing down smoothly, and 4) turning left or right at intersections. A minimum of 10 hours of parent or guardian-led instruction is recommended before scheduling behind-the-wheel training that includes 1) a general review of driving essentials (the car's features, forward driving, parking, reverse driving, braking, hard braking, etc.), 2) parallel parking, 3) driving through residential areas, 4) driving in town/business areas, and 5) entering, driving, and exiting highways and interstates. If the instructor determines that the student is lacking proficiency, then not all components may be covered to ensure safety to the student, instructor, and other drivers. Extra driving sessions are available for purchase as needed. 
 
 
 

Telephone numbers are accessible to persons who are deaf or hard of hearing through the Georgia Relay by dialing 711 or 1-800-255-0056 from a TTY/TDD.

Los números de teléfono son accesibles a las personas que son sordos o con pérdida de la audición a través de Georgia Relay marcando 711 o 1-800-255-0056 de TTY/TDD.

Locations

Waycross Camden *Opening Soon* Baxley
1701 Carswell Ave 100 Keith Dixon Way 1334 Golden Isles Pkwy, W
Waycross, Georgia 31503 Kingsland, GA 31548 Baxley, Georgia 31513
912.287.6584 877.332.8682 912.367.1700
877.332.8682    
  Camden Golden Isles
Alma Cosmetology 3700 Glynco Pkwy
101 West 17th St 8001 The Lakes Blvd Brunswick, Georgia 31525
Alma, Georgia 31510 Kingsland, Georgia 31548 912.262.4999
912.632.0951 912.510.3364  
    Jesup
  Hazlehurst 1777 West Cherry St
  677 Douglas Hwy Jesup, Georgia 31545
  Hazlehurst, Georgia 31539 912.427.5800
  912.379.0041  

 

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