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Georgia DUI Defined

Georgia's driving under the influence (DUI) laws make it illegal for drivers of all ages to operate motor vehicles if they have blood alcohol concentration (BAC) percentages of:

  • 0.08% or higher, if they're 21 years old or older operating regular passenger vehicles.
  • 0.04% or higher, if they're operating commercial vehicles.
  • 0.02% or higher, if they're younger than 21 years old.

DUI convictions stay on your driving record for the rest of your life.

Understand Your DUI Penalties

Specific DUI penalties depend on your age, license type, and previous DUI convictions, but usually consist of:


Some “penalties," such as ignition interlock devices and limited driving permits, are actually privileges granted to the driver (see below).

The Department of Driver Services has the right to revoke, cancel or suspend your license, levy fines and require a DUI Alcohol or Drug Risk Reduction Program regardless of any criminal charges for certain offenses such as driving under the influence or purchasing alcohol when under age.


At the time of failing a chemical test the officer will confiscate your license and issue you a temporary driving permit that is good for 180 days. If you refuse a chemical test you will be given a driving permit good for 30 days. The permits will allow you to drive while the courts and the DDS determine if, and for how long, your license will be suspended.

DUI Penalties: Younger Than 21

Like most states, Georgia has zero tolerance when it comes to drivers younger than 21 years old operating motor vehicles with alcohol in their systems. 

Drivers Age 15 and Younger

First DUI Offense

  • Driver's license suspension until 17 years old.
  • $210 fee.
  • DUI Alcohol or Drug Risk Reduction Program and all associated costs.

Second DUI Offense

  • License suspension until 18 years old.
  • $310 fee.
  • DUI Alcohol or Drug Risk Reduction Program and all associated costs.
  • Third DUI Offense

    • License suspension until 18 years old.
    • $410 fee.
    • DUI Alcohol or Drug Risk Reduction Program and all associated costs.
    Drivers Age 16 to 20

    First DUI Offense

    • License suspension for 6 months (if your BAC is under 0.08%) or 12 months (if your BAC is 0.08% or higher; this is with or without an administrative license suspension).
    • $210 fee.
    • DUI Alcohol or Drug Risk Reduction Program and all associated costs.

    NOTE: If you end up with an administrative license suspension, you're able to get a limited driving permit; however, that permit is cancelled if you're found guilty. See below for more information on limited driving permits.

    Second DUI Offense

    Regardless of BAC, a second offense within 5 years brings:

    • License suspension for 18 months.
    • $310 fee.
    • DUI Alcohol or Drug Risk Reduction Program and all associated costs.
    • Clinical evaluation and possible treatment.
    • Ignition interlock device and permit with court permission (usually after 120 days). 

    Third DUI Offense

    A third offense within 5 years brings:

    • License suspension for 5 years.
    • $410 fee.
    • DUI Alcohol or Drug Risk Reduction Program and all associated costs.
    • Clinical evaluation and possible treatment.
    • Ignition interlock device and habitual violator probationary license with court permission (usually after 2 years).

DUI Penalties: 21 and Older

First Offense

  • Suspended license for up to 1 year.
  • A $300 - $1,000 fine.
  • $210 fee for license reinstatement.
  • DUI Alcohol or Drug Risk Reduction Program and all associated costs.
  • Mandatory 40 hours of community service.
  • Possible imprisonment of up to 1 year.
  • Possible limited driving permit. This depends on your BAC, implied consent, and whether you have an administrative suspended license.

Second Offense

A second offense within 5 years brings:

  • 18 months - 3 years of license suspension.
  • A $600 - $1,000 fine.
  • $210 fee for license reinstatement.
  • DUI Alcohol or Drug Risk Reduction Program and all associated costs.
  • Clinical evaluation and possible treatment.
  • At least 30 days of community service.
  • Minimum 48 hours in jail; possible sentence of 90 days to 1 year.
  • Possible interlock ignition device.
  • Possible limited driving permit. This depends on your BAC, implied consent, and whether you have an administrative suspended license.

Third Offense

On your third DUI offense, the GA DMV gives you Habitual Violator (HV) status and revokes your license for 5 years and confiscates your license plate (see “Reinstating a Habitual Violator's License" below).

You'll also face:

  • A $1,000 - $5,000 fine.
  • $410 fee for license reinstatement.
  • At least 15 days in jail.
  • At least 30 days of mandatory community service.
  • DUI Alcohol or Drug Risk Reduction Program and all associated costs.
  • Clinical evaluation and treatment.
  • Possible interlock ignition device and limited driving permit after 2 years.
  • Your name, address, and photo published in your local newspaper (you must pay for this).

When to Hire a GA DUI Attorney

Facing the judge, prosecutor, and arresting officer by yourself can be pretty daunting―especially for charges as serious as driving under the influence.

Consider hiring a DUI attorney, who can help you navigate the legal system and get the best deal possible given your offense.

As you compare DUI lawyers, keep in mind:

  • Lawyers based in Georgia are more familiar with the state-specific laws, including the state's DUI laws.
  • You should look for attorneys who specialize in DUI cases. 
  • Use open communication with your lawyer and find out about all possible plea deals and outcomes. 
  • Stay away from attorneys who say beating your DUI charge will be a piece of cake. Likewise, seek a second option if the attorney says there's nothing to do but plead guilty and hope for the best. Be realistic: You've tested above the legal limit, so try to find a middle ground.

Other GA DUI Penalties

Alcohol or Drug Risk Reduction Program

Regardless of your age or offense number, you'll have to complete a DUI Alcohol or Drug Risk Reduction Program (RRP).

Georgia's RRPs consist of two components:

  • The Assessment Component, which consists of 130 questions that determine the impact the driver's alcohol and drug use has on his or her driving. 
  • The Intervention Component, which is a course that lasts 20 hours, takes place in a group setting, and consists of several sessions. 

Your RRP costs $355. This covers the Assessment Component ($100), the Intervention Component ($235), and the workbook ($20).

The state doesn't accept online courses. Your judge most likely will provide you with a list of RRPs you can enroll in, but the state also provides an online list of certified DUI schools.

You must complete the RRP before you can apply for a limited driving permit or license reinstatement. Visit the state's DUI FAQ section for more information about GA DUI schools, including attendance policies.

Reinstating Your GA License

Reinstating a regular driver's license after a DUI conviction is fairly straightforward, especially if it's a first offense.

Generally, you need to:

  • Wait out the mandatory suspension period for your conviction. 
  • Present a completion certificate from the DUI Alcohol or Drug Use Risk Reduction Program.
  • Pay your license reinstatement fee, which ranges from $210 to $410 (you can reduce the fee if you pay online). 

      You may also need to:

      • Pay court-imposed fines.
      • Complete a jail sentence.
      • Undergo a clinical evaluation and treatment program (separate from the Risk Reduction Program).

For more details specific to your case, contact the DMV or the court handling your case.

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