Drivers Education

Drivers Education - Douglas County Sheriff's Office

Click here to download C.A.R.E application (pdf file).

The C.A.R.E. program is a FREE service to Douglas County Residents, designed to provide teen drivers not only with the skills required to obtain a drivers license but skills that they need to be safer, more successful drivers.


Beginning the program is easy! Parents call the Sheriff's Office and request an application for a 4-hour block of instruction on Teenage Driver Training, The training is conducted over a two-night period at the Douglas County Sheriff's Office Training Facility by the DCSO Training Staff. Parents attending will receive a handbook and instruction on proper safe driving techniques, parent/teenager contract, vehicle inspection checklist and a driving log. PARENTS MUST ATTEND BOTH SESSIONS. There are 5 phases in the student program.


  • Phase 1 (60 hours) Parent/teenager practical driving.
    • Parents are encouraged to have their child participate in a wide variety of weather conditions and driving situations, including night driving. (This is where the driving log is used.)
  • Phase 2 (2 hours) P.R.I.D.E Parents Reducing Injury and Driver Error
    • This program was created by the Georgia Traffic Injury Prevention Institute (GTIPI); this two hour block of instruction is to teach the parent and teen the information needed for the 40 hour s of driving with 6 hours being at night.
  • Phase 3 (8 hours) Classroom training for the teenager
    • A member of the DCSO training staff will lecture on Georgia Traffic Laws, D.U.I. Laws, Accident Avoidance Techniques, and dealing with Road Rage. This training will be broken down into two sessions to be conducted at the DCSO training facility.
  • Phase 4 (2 hours) Driver Simulator Training
    • Teens will be put behind the wheel of a state of the art driving simulator that is capable of over 80 driving scenarios. The student will experience different lighting, weather, and traffic conditions, including off-road recovery. The student will also practice accident avoidance techniques.
  • Phase 5 (4 hours) Low-speed Skid Car and Precision Skills
    • Students will get behind the wheel with a DCSO driving instructor, who will provide hands-on training in Avoiding Skids, Off Road Recovery, Parallel Parking, Precision Skills, Braking, Accelerating, and Accident Avoidance Maneuvers, through driving the Skid Car and a Precision Cone Course. At the end of the program the parent will complete an open road driving evaluation on the strengths and weaknesses of their teen's driving skills.
  • National Safety Council Defensive Driving Course (optional)
    • This is the only block of instruction not taught by the DCSO staff. Parent should contact the Douglas County Courthouse Personnel Office, located on the ground floor of the courthouse at 8700 Hospital Drive to schedule this 6-hour classroom training. 770-920-7264, applications accepted 8:30am – 4:30pm, Monday through Friday.

Classes are scheduled on a monthly basis around the Douglas County School System's Holiday schedule. A completion date cannot be guaranteed.

The application may be returned by mail or fax to the Douglas County Sheriff's Office Training Division. Return only the C.A.R.E. application. When faxing the application do not include a cover sheet. Fax # (770) 920-3912

All other attachments are included for your information.

For information on the state requirements for new drivers go to the Department of Driver Services web site at or call (678) 413-8500.

You will be notified when your space for the Parent Training Class is scheduled. If an email address is provided, you will be notified of class dates by email.

If you have any questions please call (678) 486-1201.

Click here to download C.A.R.E application (pdf file).


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