2020 Georgia Code
Title 40 - Motor Vehicles and Traffic
Chapter 5 - Drivers' Licenses


Editor's notes.

- Since the purpose of Ga. L. 1990, p. 2048, was to "revise, reorganize, modernize, consolidate, and clarify" laws relating to certain aspects of the motor vehicle code, wherever it was possible to do so, other Acts amending Title 40 were construed in conjunction with Ga. L. 1990, p. 2048. This construction particularly includes Acts amending a given Code section when the Code section was later renumbered or redesignated by Ga. L. 1990, p. 2048.

Ga. L. 1990, p. 2048, § 17, not codified by the General Assembly, provides: "Prosecution for any violation of Sections 4 and 5 of this Act occurring prior to January 1, 1991, is not affected or abated by this Act."

Administrative Rules and Regulations.

- Registration and Licensing of Vehicles, Official Compilation of the Rules and Regulations of the State of Georgia, Department of Driver Services, Chapter 375-32.

Law reviews.

- For note on 1991 amendments to this chapter, see 8 Georgia. St. U.L. Rev. 129 (1992). For comment, "You Better Smile When You Say 'Cheese!': Whether the Photograph Requirement for Drivers' Licenses Violates the Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment," see 61 Mercer L. Rev. 611 (2010).

JUDICIAL DECISIONS

Effect of chapter.

- O.C.G.A. T. 40, Ch. 5 comprehensively revised the provisions for licensing drivers. Littlejohn v. State, 165 Ga. App. 562, 301 S.E.2d 917 (1983).

OPINIONS OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL

Suspension and retention of licenses of convicted racers.

- Amendment to the Uniform Rules of the Road Act (see now O.C.G.A. § 40-6-1 et seq.), having been approved by the Governor subsequent to approval of the Drivers Licensing Act, prevails over the Drivers Licensing Act to the extent that there is a conflict between them; thus, the department should continue to suspend and retain drivers licenses of persons convicted of racing in accordance with the provisions of the Uniform Rules of the Road Act and disregard the inconsistent provisions of the Drivers Licensing Act which were approved prior to the Uniform Rules of the Road Act. 1975 Op. Att'y Gen. 75-117.

Disclosure of driving record to private attorney may not be made without authorization from the driver to whom the disclosure relates. 1975 Op. Att'y Gen. No. 75-122.

RESEARCH REFERENCES

Am. Jur. 2d.

- 7A Am. Jur. 2d, Automobiles and Highway Traffic, § 100 et seq.

ALR.

- Civil rights and liabilities as affected by failure to comply with regulations as to registration of automobile or motorcycle, or licensing of operator, 58 A.L.R. 532; 61 A.L.R. 1190; 78 A.L.R. 1028; 87 A.L.R. 1469; 111 A.L.R. 1258; 163 A.L.R. 1375.

Sufficiency of indictment or information charging in words of statute offense relating to operation of automobile, 115 A.L.R. 357.

Traffic violation as violation of law within provision of life or accident insurance policy or certificate excepting death or injury due to violation of law, 125 A.L.R. 1104.

Negligent entrustment of motor vehicle to unlicensed driver, 55 A.L.R.4th 1100.

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