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class="breadcrumb"> <li><a href="/GAC" name="GAC" title="GAC">GA R&amp;R</a></li> <li>&raquo; <a href="/GAC/375" title="375">Department 375</a></li> <li>&raquo; <a href="/GAC/375-5" title="375-5">Chapter 375-5</a></li> <li>&raquo; Subject 375-5-1</li> </ul> </div> </div><div id="doc" class="container"> <div id="doc-content" class="content"> <h1><nllsubject>Subject 375-5-1 DRIVER IMPROVEMENT</nllsubject></h1> <h2><a href="/GAC/375-5-1-.01" name="375-5-1-.01" title="375-5-1-.01">Rule 375-5-1-.01 Organization</a></h2> <P>The Driver Improvement Program of the Department of Driver Services shall be administered by the Director of the Regulatory Compliance Division of the Department of Driver Services, and such additional staff as the Commissioner deems necessary.</P> <h2><a href="/GAC/375-5-1-.02" name="375-5-1-.02" title="375-5-1-.02">Rule 375-5-1-.02 Definitions</a></h2> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="375-5-1-.02(1)">(1)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Words, whenever used in this Chapter, shall have the same meaning as ascribed to them in Title 40, Chapter 5, Article 4 of the Georgia Code, unless otherwise defined in the rule of which they are part.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="375-5-1-.02(2)">(2)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The following words and phrases, whenever used in this Chapter, shall have the meaning as in this section ascribed to them unless where used in the context thereof shall clearly indicate to the contrary or unless otherwise defined in the section of which they are part. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="375-5-1-.02(2)(a)">(a)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Driver Improvement Clinic - Any individual, partnership, corporation, association, civic group, club, county, municipality, board of education, school or college which shall teach or give instruction in training programs designed for the rehabilitation of problem drivers, and which is certified and licensed by the Department of Driver Services to teach or instruct the Driver Improvement Program of the Department of Driver Services.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="375-5-1-.02(2)(b)">(b)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Driver Improvement Instructor - Any individual, whether employed by a Driver Improvement Clinic or operating in his own behalf, or whether acting in behalf of any clinic located within the State of Georgia who teaches or gives instruction for the purpose of meeting the requirements of "The Georgia Driver Improvement Act" and who is certified and licensed in accordance with the Department of Driver Services Driver Improvement Program Instructor Training Course.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="375-5-1-.02(2)(c)">(c)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Driver Improvement Program - That series of courses developed or approved by the Department of Driver Services to include, but not limited to, a defensive driving course, an advanced defensive driving course, and a professional defensive driving course.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="375-5-1-.02(2)(d)">(d)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Suspension - The temporary withdrawal by formal action of the Department of the certification or license of a Driver Improvement Clinic or Instructor, which temporary withdrawal shall be for a period specifically designated by the Department.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="375-5-1-.02(2)(e)">(e)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Revocation -The annulment or termination by formal action of the Department of a Driver Improvement Clinic or Instructor's certification or license; such license or certificate shall not be subject to reinstatement or renewal.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="375-5-1-.02(2)(f)">(f)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Fine - means the use of a pecuniary punishment of up to $1,000 for each violation of the Rules and Regulations.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="375-5-1-.02(2)(g)">(g)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Commercial Driving School - For purposes of teaching the insurance reduction course as prescribed in O.C.G.A. <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=33-9-42&amp;title=33#" target="_newtab">33-9-42</a>, a Commercial Driving School shall be defined as any Driver Improvement Clinic or Driver Training School licensed by the Department of Driver Services.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="375-5-1-.02(2)(h)">(h)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Distance Learning - means the use of satellite or cable narrowcast technology to create a two-way, interactive learning environment in which an instructor may simultaneously present instruction in multiple classrooms. The clinic is responsible for ensuring that students at all locations may clearly view the instructor and any visual aids or films used by the instructor, may comment to or ask questions of the instructor. The clinic is also responsible for providing a proctor at a location used for distance learning to fulfill the clinic's obligations under these rules and regulations with respect to students.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="375-5-1-.02(2)(i)">(i)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Proctor - a proctor serves as the clinic's representative at a location used for distance learning. The proctor is responsible for ensuring that all responsibilities of the clinic with respect to the students are fulfilled at the location. The proctor may be a licensed instructor of the clinic; if not, the proctor must be a high school graduate or possess a GED, be at least 18 years of age, and not have been convicted of a felony or any other crime of moral turpitude, or a pattern of misdemeanors that evidences a disregard for the law, unless he or she has received a pardon and can produce evidence of same.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="375-5-1-.02(2)(j)">(j)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Certificate of curriculum approval - means a certification, issued by the Department, authorizing the use of a specific curriculum by a clinic. The certification shall expire on the same date as the clinic license.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <h2><a href="/GAC/375-5-1-.03" name="375-5-1-.03" title="375-5-1-.03">Rule 375-5-1-.03 Department of Driver Services Employees and Other Members and/or Employees of the Criminal Justice System</a></h2> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="375-5-1-.03(1)">(1)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> No employee of the Georgia Department of Driver Services, nor any employee's spouse, dependent child, dependent stepchild, or dependent adopted child shall be an owner, operator, instructor or employee in any State approved Driver Improvement Clinic.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="375-5-1-.03(2)">(2)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> No judge, probation employee, law enforcement officer or employee of the court, or his spouse, dependent child, dependent stepchild or dependent adopted child shall be an owner, operator, instructor, or employee in any State approved Driver Improvement Clinic.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="375-5-1-.03(3)">(3)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> No person who owns, operates, or is employed by a private company which has contracted to provide probation services for misdemeanor cases shall be authorized to own, operate, be an instructor at, or be employed by a Driver Improvement Clinic or a DUI Alcohol or Drug Use Risk Reduction Program.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="375-5-1-.03(4)">(4)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> No Judicial Officer, Probation Officer, Law Enforcement Officer, or other Officer or employee of a court or person who owns, operates, or is employed by a private company which has contracted to provide private probation services for misdemeanor cases shall specify, directly or indirectly, a particular Driver Improvement Clinic or DUI Alcohol or Drug Use Risk Reduction Program which the person may or shall attend.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="375-5-1-.03(5)">(5)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Members and/or employees of the criminal justice system who own, operate, instruct, or are employed by a Driver Improvement clinic on June 1, 1985, may continue to engage in such activity after June 1, 1985, so long as there is no break in the ownership, employment, or activity of the Driver Improvement Clinic.</td> </tr> </table> <h2><a href="/GAC/375-5-1-.04" name="375-5-1-.04" title="375-5-1-.04">Rule 375-5-1-.04 Clinic Requirements: Application</a></h2> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="375-5-1-.04(1)">(1)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Any individual, partnership, corporation, association, civic group, club, county, municipality, board of education, school, or college desiring to be licensed or certified as a Driver Improvement Clinic in the State of Georgia shall complete an application to the Department on a form prepared and furnished by the Department, which shall include: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="375-5-1-.04(1)(a)">(a)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The title or name of the clinic together with complete ownership and name and addresses of directors, officers and controlling stockholders therein.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="375-5-1-.04(1)(b)">(b)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The place or places where such instruction will be given.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="375-5-1-.04(2)">(2)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The application by the owner, partners, officers, or controlling stockholders of any Driver Improvement Clinic shall be accompanied by two sets of fingerprints of each digit of the right and left hands, an affidavit from a state, county or city officer qualified to make such fingerprints that the fingerprints are those of the applicant(s), and a processing fee for the actual cost of processing for each set of fingerprint cards.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="375-5-1-.04(3)">(3)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The application by the owner, partners, officers or controlling stockholders of any Driver Improvement Clinic shall be accompanied by one photograph of the applicant(s). The photograph shall have been taken within thirty days of the date of filing the application and must show a full view of the face, neck, shoulders, and uncovered head.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="375-5-1-.04(4)">(4)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The application must contain a notarized certification of the adopted business name if such business is to be conducted under an adopted business name.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="375-5-1-.04(5)">(5)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The applicant must submit to the Department, in addition to all other requirements, the following: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="375-5-1-.04(5)(a)">(a)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Samples of any and all contracts to be used by the clinic.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="375-5-1-.04(5)(b)">(b)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Sample copies of all forms to be used by the clinic which will be furnished or delivered to its students.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="375-5-1-.04(5)(c)">(c)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Sample copies of all forms or receipts to be used by the clinic.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="375-5-1-.04(5)(d)">(d)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> A list designating the full names and addresses of all instructors of the clinic.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="375-5-1-.04(6)">(6)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> It shall be the duty and responsibility of the clinic owner(s) to submit the renewal form and all other required items at least thirty days prior to the date of expiration to the Department. Absent good cause, noncompliance will require that the owner submit an application which will be considered under the statutes, rules and regulations then in force with regard to new applicants.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="375-5-1-.04(7)">(7)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Every clinic shall be inspected by the respective municipal or county government to ensure compliance with fire and building requirements. Copies of these inspectional reports shall be made available upon request of the Department.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="375-5-1-.04(8)">(8)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> It shall be the duty and responsibility of the clinic owner(s) to issue to each student who has passed the course a Certificate of Completion. Such a certificate shall only be issued to students who obtain seventy points out of a possible one hundred points on a comprehensive written examination of the course material. If the student is illiterate, the instructor may administer an oral examination in the format prescribed by the Department. Clinic owner(s) shall provide each student with a Certificate of Completion in the format prescribed by the Department for reinstatement, point's reduction, out of state reinstatement, or as required by a court. When a Certificate of Completion is issued for the purpose of reinstatement, point's reduction, out of state reinstatement, or as required by a court, the student's stated purpose for taking the course shall be appropriately noted as required by the format of the Certificate of Completion. A class roster shall be submitted to the Department within three (3) business days following the completion of the class indicating the reason(s) for taking the class. Students who are taking a class for the purpose of insurance reduction only, without any requirement by any court, Department point reduction or reinstatement purpose, or out of state reinstatement, shall be issued a Certificate of Completion appropriately noted as required by the format of the Certificate. The fee for such class shall be determined by the driver improvement clinic. Such fee cannot exceed the fee for a defensive driving course. The Certificate issued for insurance reduction only cannot be used for reinstatement, point's reduction, out of state reinstatement or as required by a court.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="375-5-1-.04(9)">(9)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Every original application for a Driver Improvement Clinic License must be accompanied by a license fee of $200.00 payable as prescribed by these Rules and Regulations which shall be refunded by the Department if the license is denied.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="375-5-1-.04(10)">(10)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Each license issued for a Driver Improvement Clinic shall expire four years from the date on which the license was issued, each license must be renewed in the manner prescribed by the Department. The fee for such renewal shall be $100.00 payable as prescribed in these Rules and Regulations. Each application for renewal must be accompanied by a current surety bond continuation certificate and by a current certificate of curriculum approval.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="375-5-1-.04(11)">(11)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Owners that allow their Clinic's license to expire will not be permitted to operate the Clinic under any condition during the period in which the License is expired. All forms and correspondence submitted to the Department shall bear the expiration date of the clinic license thereon.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="375-5-1-.04(12)">(12)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Each clinic is responsible for the security and safekeeping of all certificates of completion, from issuance by the Department to the clinic until properly awarded to the student.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="375-5-1-.04(13)">(13)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> A clinic may, at the election of the licensee, submit an individual surety bond in the amount of $2,500.00 or, if more than one clinic shares common ownership, submit a surety bond providing coverage in the amount of $2,500.00 per location (i.e., for ten clinics, a surety bond in the amount of $25,000.00). If this option is elected, the certificate must clearly demonstrate coverage for each clinic for which coverage is to be provided.</td> </tr> </table> <h2><a href="/GAC/375-5-1-.05" name="375-5-1-.05" title="375-5-1-.05">Rule 375-5-1-.05 Qualification of Clinic Owners</a></h2> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="375-5-1-.05(1)">(1)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Only qualified people may own, operate, or instruct in a Driver Improvement Clinic. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="375-5-1-.05(1)(a)">(a)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> No person with a conviction of a felony or any other crime of moral turpitude, or a pattern of misdemeanors that evidences a disregard for the law, will be licensed unless he or she has received a pardon and can produce evidence of same. For the purposes of this subparagraph, a plea of nolo contendere shall be considered to be a conviction. For the purposes of this subparagraph, a conviction for which a person has been free from custody and free from supervision for at least ten years will not be considered, unless the conviction is for an offense which is a dangerous sexual offense as defined in O.C.G.A. § <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=42-1-12&amp;title=42#" target="_newtab">42-1-12</a> or the criminal offense was committed against a victim who was a minor at the time of the offense.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="375-5-1-.05(1)(b)">(b)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Consideration will be given to educational background. A minimum of a high school diploma or GED equivalent is required.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="375-5-1-.05(1)(c)">(c)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The Department shall consider the experience and moral character of the applicant and may require letters of recommendation from upstanding members of the community to be served.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="375-5-1-.05(1)(d)">(d)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Presenting false material information on an application shall preclude any individual, partnership, or corporation from obtaining a license and, if discovered after the issuance of the license, shall be grounds for cancellation or revocation of that license.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <h2><a href="/GAC/375-5-1-.06" name="375-5-1-.06" title="375-5-1-.06">Rule 375-5-1-.06 Nontransferability</a></h2> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="375-5-1-.06(1)">(1)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Any license for a Driver Improvement Clinic shall be nontransferable. In the event of a change of ownership, except in the case of a corporation unless there is a sale of the controlling interest, application for a new license shall be made to the Department and the old license surrendered to the Department before another license can be issued to the new owner(s).</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="375-5-1-.06(2)">(2)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The application for a license by a new owner shall be made in the same manner as for an original license for a Driver Improvement Clinic and the fee shall be the same as for an original license.</td> </tr> </table> <h2><a href="/GAC/375-5-1-.07" name="375-5-1-.07" title="375-5-1-.07">Rule 375-5-1-.07 Display of License</a></h2> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="375-5-1-.07(1)">(1)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The Driver Improvement Clinic license must be clearly displayed in a conspicuous location at all times.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="375-5-1-.07(2)">(2)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> If either the clinic license or instructor's certificate is lost, mutilated or destroyed, a duplicate will be issued by the Department upon receipt of an affidavit stating the following: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="375-5-1-.07(2)(a)">(a)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The date the license or certificate was lost, mutilated or destroyed.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="375-5-1-.07(2)(b)">(b)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The circumstances of the loss, mutilation or destruction.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="375-5-1-.07(3)">(3)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The fee for a duplicate license or certificate shall be the same as the fee for a renewal of the license or certificate.</td> </tr> </table> <h2><a href="/GAC/375-5-1-.08" name="375-5-1-.08" title="375-5-1-.08">Rule 375-5-1-.08 Changes of Officers or Address</a></h2> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="375-5-1-.08(1)">(1)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The Department must be notified in writing within then (10) days of any change of address of the owner, partner, or officer of any driver improvement clinic.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="375-5-1-.08(2)">(2)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The Department must be notified in writing within ten (10) days of any change in officers, directors, or controlling shareholders of any corporation or association holding a license. In such case, each new officer, director or controlling stockholder must provide to the Department the same information as required for the original license application.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="375-5-1-.08(3)">(3)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Failure to notify the Department of such changes shall be grounds for immediate suspension of the clinic license or the imposition of a civil penalty.</td> </tr> </table> <h2><a href="/GAC/375-5-1-.09" name="375-5-1-.09" title="375-5-1-.09">Rule 375-5-1-.09 Location of Clinic</a></h2> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="375-5-1-.09(1)">(1)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Any clinic that wishes to offer its service other than at the prinicpal place of business must establish a classroom at the new location.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="375-5-1-.09(2)">(2)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> All classrooms shall be licensed in the same manner and subject to the same qualifications as the principal office of the clinic with the exception of telephone, office, films, brochures and other printed materials. Necessary films, brochures and other printed materials shall be used in providing all courses of instruction. Only in the event that duplicate material exists as required will a clinic be authorized to provide more than one class on the same date.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="375-5-1-.09(3)">(3)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Approval of the office or classroom will be determined after the inspection of said location is made by a representative of the Department and verification that the location complies with all legal requirements.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="375-5-1-.09(4)">(4)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> A Driver Improvement License will not be issued for a location where the distribution of or sale of alcoholic beverages has been approved.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="375-5-1-.09(5)">(5)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> If the office or a classroom location of a Driver Improvement Clinic is to be moved and/or relocated for any reason, the following requirements are necessary prior to this move. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="375-5-1-.09(5)(a)">(a)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Notify the Department in writing of the change of the office and/or classroom.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="375-5-1-.09(5)(b)">(b)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Inspection of the new office or classroom must be made by a representative of the Department and approved prior to any instruction of students.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="375-5-1-.09(6)">(6)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Any school or classroom facility utilized for or approved for the purposes of a Driver Improvement Clinic shall comply with the requirements set forth by the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, before a permit is issued. The owner shall certify to the Department that the [specify facility] complies with the Act and its implementing regulations.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="375-5-1-.09(7)">(7)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="375-5-1-.09(7)(a)">(a)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> A licensed driver improvement clinic that provides instruction via distance learning methods in a classroom of a secondary school, technical school, college, or approved driver improvement clinic classroom shall not be required to obtain a separate license for the use of that classroom; provided that prior notice must be given to, and approval granted by, the Department prior to the use of such a facility. Such approval will be considered only if requested by a licensed driver improvement clinic that has held a license in good standing for the preceding five years prior to application.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="375-5-1-.09(7)(b)">(b)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> A classroom used for distance learning must be staffed by a licensed instructor or proctor at all times during the provision of instruction. The clinic must ensure that adequate equipment is provided at the remote site to enable students to view and hear the instructor and to enable the instructor to hear comments and questions from the students at the remote site. In the event the equipment ceases to function at any time, no further instruction may be provided at the remote site unless a licensed instructor is present to continue instruction in person. Certificates of completion may be issued only by a licensed instructor.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="375-5-1-.09(8)">(8)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> If a licensed driver improvement clinic closes a facility, the clinic must furnish 30 days' advance written notice of the closing to the Department. A copy of said notice shall be posted on the exterior door of the facility so as to be visible to the clinic's customers. <P>Any license for that facility must be surrendered to the Department. Unused Certificates of Completion must be transferred to another clinic facility or returned to the Department. Class rosters must be transferred to another clinic facility or submitted to the Department prior to closure of the facility.</P> </td> </tr> </table> <h2><a href="/GAC/375-5-1-.10" name="375-5-1-.10" title="375-5-1-.10">Rule 375-5-1-.10 Office Requirements</a></h2> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="375-5-1-.10(a)">(a)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The clinic shall permit authorized representatives of the Department to make periodic, scheduled or unscheduled inspections of all clinic facilities. During each inspection each owner, partner, associate, corporate director, office manager or employee of the clinic shall cooperate with the Departments representative and upon demand shall exhibit all records, instructional aides or such other materials as may be called for to be inspected.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="375-5-1-.10(b)">(b)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The telephone must be used exclusively for the operation of the clinic. The telephone may be used in conjunction with an Alcohol Program licensed by the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities, or with a driver training school or ignition interlock provider licensed by the Department. The clinic must notify the Department in writing within ten (10) days of any telephone number changes for the clinic.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="375-5-1-.10(c)">(c)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Sufficient indoor space must be provided for the purpose of instruction, to include individual desks or tables with chairs to accommodate students comfortably. Classes of instruction are limited to a maximum number of forty students per class unless the Department determines that the space is inadequate for that number of students. In those situations, the maximum number will be calculated on twenty square feet per student with a minimum number of fifteen students per class. The minimum square feet of an indoor classroom must be at least 300 square feet of useable classroom space. Programs licensed prior to the enactment of the 300 square foot minimum may continue to utilize existing classrooms that satisfied the prior requirement of 250 square feet. Such programs may not add new classrooms that are less than 300 square feet in size.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="375-5-1-.10(d)">(d)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> A clinic shall maintain business hours of at least fifteen (15) hours per week, half of which must fall within the Department's normal business hours. An employee of the clinic must be available during this time to furnish information of operation, verify attendance to a class, or to produce the necessary records or documents whenever requested by a member of the Department. The clinic may close for a lunch hour at a set time, upon notice to the Department of the scheduled lunch hour. Each clinic is responsible for notifying the Department of times during which the business office of the clinic will be closed for lunch or vacation and of the regularly scheduled hours of operation of the business office.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="375-5-1-.10(e)">(e)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Each clinic must have a principal office. The principal office cannot be located in a private residence unless a separate public outside entrance is provided.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="375-5-1-.10(f)">(f)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Any school, office, or classroom facility utilized for or approved for the purposes of a Driver Improvement Clinic shall comply with the requirements set forth by the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, before a permit is issued. The owner shall certify to the Department that the office and/or classroom complies with the Act, its implementing regulations, and Georgia laws governing access for the handicapped.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="375-5-1-.10(g)">(g)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Any driver improvement clinic which is to be closed on a weekday other than for federal or state holidays must give the Department written notice of the closure two weeks in advance. Confirmation of the receipt of the notice will be issued by the Department. The clinic is not relieved of its obligations to make records and documents available for inspection unless it has received confirmation of receipt of the notice of proposed closure from the Department.</td> </tr> </table> <h2><a href="/GAC/375-5-1-.11" name="375-5-1-.11" title="375-5-1-.11">Rule 375-5-1-.11 Name of Clinic</a></h2> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="375-5-1-.11(1)">(1)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> No driver improvement clinic will be permitted to use, adopt, or conduct any business under any name that is like or deceptively similar to any name used by any other driver improvement clinic without prior approval of the Commissioner. This provision will not be applied to restrict the use of trade names where the holder of the trade name is the party making the request.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="375-5-1-.11(2)">(2)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> A driver improvement clinic shall not use the word "State" in any part of the clinic name.</td> </tr> </table> <h2><a href="/GAC/375-5-1-.12" name="375-5-1-.12" title="375-5-1-.12">Rule 375-5-1-.12 Driver Improvement Clinic Advertising</a></h2> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="375-5-1-.12(1)">(1)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> No driver improvement clinic shall advertise in any manner until such time as the clinic is properly licensed by the Department.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="375-5-1-.12(2)">(2)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> No licensed driver improvement clinic or driver improvement instructor may advertise or represent themselves to be an agent or employee of the Department. No individual, partnership, association or corporation shall purchase, use or allow the use of any advertisement which would reasonably have the effect of leading the public to believe that they are or were an employee or representative of the Department.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="375-5-1-.12(3)">(3)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Each driver improvement clinic may use its licensed name or any portion thereof for advertising and advertisements, so long as the clinic is clearly identifiable from the advertisement. The Department's determination in this regard shall be final.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="375-5-1-.12(4)">(4)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> No driver improvement clinic or driver improvement instructor shall, by any advertisement or otherwise, state or imply directly or indirectly that any license to operate a motor vehicle is guaranteed or assured to any student or individual who will take or complete any instruction or course of instruction to enroll or otherwise receive instruction in any driver improvement clinic.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="375-5-1-.12(5)">(5)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> A Driver Improvement Clinic that is licensed by the Department may indicate in its advertisements that it is "licensed by the State" or "State licensed", however, no Driver Improvement Clinic may use any advertisement that states or implies that the clinic is endorsed by the State or the Department.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="375-5-1-.12(6)">(6)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> No driver improvement clinic may advertise or imply, that free lessons will be given individuals or students unless the lessons are in fact offered or given without monetary considerations.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="375-5-1-.12(7)">(7)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> No driver improvement clinic may make a false or misleading claim in any of its advertisements.</td> </tr> </table> <h2><a href="/GAC/375-5-1-.13" name="375-5-1-.13" title="375-5-1-.13">Rule 375-5-1-.13 Responsibility for Employees</a></h2> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="375-5-1-.13(1)">(1)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> No Driver Improvement Clinic shall employ or otherwise engage any individual to give classroom instruction unless the individual has a valid, current driver improvement instructor's certificate issued by the Department for the particular course(s) of instruction taught by the individual. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="375-5-1-.13(1)(a)">(a)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> It shall be the duty and responsibility of each clinic owner to ensure all instructors associated with their clinic have met all requirements for licensure and have in their possession a valid instructor's certificate.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="375-5-1-.13(1)(b)">(b)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> It shall be the duty of the clinic owner and/or the instructor to ensure that all students who attend are sober and free from the influence of drugs, are on time for all sessions of the course, maintain correct deportment while on the premises of the clinic, and that all student rescheduling for missed sessions by students are completed in 60 days. If courses are being taught via distance learning, this authority may be delegated to a proctor if a licensed instructor is not on site at the distance learning site.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="375-5-1-.13(2)">(2)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Each Driver Improvement instructor and proctor employed by or associated with any Driver Improvement Clinic shall be deemed an agent of the clinic and the clinic shall share the responsibility for all acts performed by the instructor or proctor which are within the scope of his or her employment and which occur during the course of his or her employment.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="375-5-1-.13(3)">(3)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The clinic shall immediately notify the Department in writing of the termination of an instructor for cause, indicating the name, address, and license number of the clinic and the instructor, the termination date and the alleged reason for termination.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="375-5-1-.13(4)">(4)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The defensive driving courses will be taught in the following manner. The course will be held in 2 days with 3 hours of instruction per day or in 1 day with a 1 hour break after 3 hours of instruction. At the end of each instructional hour with the exception of the last hour taught per day, a ten minute break will be given. After 6 hours of instruction, certificates will be presented to students taking the 6 hour course. No clinic will extend any class beyond 11:00 p.m. for any reason.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="375-5-1-.13(5)">(5)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The instructor or agent of the clinic will furnish each student who successfully completes the Driver Improvement Course requirements a Certificate of Completion (DMVS0014-CV) furnished by the Department. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="375-5-1-.13(5)(a)">(a)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The instructor or clinic owner shall not provide any student with a duplicate or new Certificate of Completion. The clinic may issue a replacement for these certificates on DMVS-584b titled "Lost Certificates" at a cost not to exceed $5.00 to the student.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="375-5-1-.13(6)">(6)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> If a certificate of completion is voided for any reason, it shall be the responsibility of the clinic to forward this voided certificate to the Department along with the roster for the class in which it would have been used.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="375-5-1-.13(7)">(7)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The clinic shall be responsible for reimbursing the Department for the actual cost of printing the certificates of Completion (DMVS0014-CV) not to exceed ten cents per certificate, plus the actual cost of postage when requested to be sent by certified mail. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="375-5-1-.13(7)(a)">(a)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Each clinic will receive a bill from the Department regarding the expense incurred in distributing these requested certificates.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="375-5-1-.13(7)(b)">(b)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Payment shall be required prior to delivery of such certificates.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="375-5-1-.13(7)(c)">(c)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Payment shall be by certified check, cashier's check, company check or money order only.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="375-5-1-.13(8)">(8)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> A student with an acceptable excuse shall be enrolled in the next available course to cover the material missed because of an absence.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="375-5-1-.13(9)">(9)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Each clinic shall maintain a current mailing address with the Department and shall be further required to check the mail each day for incoming correspondence.</td> </tr> </table> <h2><a href="/GAC/375-5-1-.14" name="375-5-1-.14" title="375-5-1-.14">Rule 375-5-1-.14 Records and Contracts</a></h2> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="375-5-1-.14(1)">(1)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Every driver improvement clinic shall maintain the following records which shall be available for inspection by the Department at all times: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="375-5-1-.14(1)(a)">(a)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> A file containing the original copy of every contract entered into by the clinic and its students for the purpose of obtaining any instructions. A copy of the contract must be furnished to the students and the original thereof must be retained by the clinic for a period of three (3) years.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="375-5-1-.14(1)(b)">(b)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> A roster of each class listing the clinic's number, name and address, the instructor's number and instructor's full name, the student's name, date of birth, driver's license number, certificate number and amount of fee paid must be maintained in the records of the clinic for a period of three (3) years after the date on which the class was completed. The clinic shall furnish copies of the roster to the Department on request.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="375-5-1-.14(1)(c)">(c)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> A schedule for all classes of instruction, giving the date and time of classes must be maintained in the records of the clinic for a period of three (3) years after the date on which the class was completed. The clinic shall furnish copies of the schedule to the Department on request.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="375-5-1-.14(1)(d)">(d)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The class roster, student contracts, final exams and course evaluation forms will be filed together by month and year that the class was held.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="375-5-1-.14(2)">(2)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Clinic records may be audited periodically by the Department.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="375-5-1-.14(3)">(3)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The schedules and class rosters may be maintained electronically, rather than on paper. Student contracts, final exams, and course evaluation forms may be scanned for the purpose of electronic storage. The clinic shall utilize a software program(s) approved by the Department for this purpose if electronic storage is chosen.</td> </tr> </table> <h2><a href="/GAC/375-5-1-.15" name="375-5-1-.15" title="375-5-1-.15">Rule 375-5-1-.15 Contents of Contracts</a></h2> <P>Every contract entered into by the clinic and another individual shall contain the clinic's name, address, and phone number as well as the following:</P> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="375-5-1-.15(a)">(a)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The agreed contract price per course.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="375-5-1-.15(b)">(b)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Type of course or program.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="375-5-1-.15(c)">(c)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Duration of course or program, including the date and time the course or program is to be taught.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="375-5-1-.15(d)">(d)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Requirements for completion of course or program.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="375-5-1-.15(e)">(e)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Breach of contract provision.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="375-5-1-.15(f)">(f)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> A clause stating that this course or program has been approved by the Department of Driver Services.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="375-5-1-.15(g)">(g)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> A clause stating that each instructor is certified by the Department of Driver Services.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="375-5-1-.15(h)">(h)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> A clause stating that the clinic is licensed by the Department of Driver Services in accordance with Title 40-5-80 (Driver Improvement Act) and the rules and regulations promulgated thereunder.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="375-5-1-.15(i)">(i)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The contract shall be signed by the student and an officer legally constituted to bind the clinic.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="375-5-1-.15(j)">(j)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The contracts must be pre-numbered.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="375-5-1-.15(k)">(k)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> A clause stating that a performance bond in the principal sum of ten thousand ($10,000) dollars has and will be maintained for the protection of the contractual rights of the students by an authorized bonding company.</td> </tr> </table> <h2><a href="/GAC/375-5-1-.16" name="375-5-1-.16" title="375-5-1-.16">Rule 375-5-1-.16 Qualifications of Instructors</a></h2> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="375-5-1-.16(1)">(1)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Only qualified people may instruct in a Driver Improvement Clinic. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="375-5-1-.16(1)(a)">(a)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Every applicant must possess a high school diploma or GED.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="375-5-1-.16(1)(b)">(b)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The Department shall consider the experience and moral character of the applicant and may require letters of recommendation from upstanding members of the community to be served.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="375-5-1-.16(1)(c)">(c)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Presenting false material information on an application shall preclude any individual from obtaining a license and, if discovered after the issuance of the license, shall be grounds for cancellation or revocation of that license.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="375-5-1-.16(2)">(2)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Every Driver Improvement instructor shall be a person of good moral character, and at least twenty-one (21) years of age. No person with a conviction of a felony or any other crime involving violence or a crime of moral turpitude, or a pattern of misdemeanors that evidences a disregard for the law, will be licensed unless he or she has received a pardon and can produce evidence of same. For the purposes of this subparagraph, a plea of nolo contendere shall be considered to be a conviction. For the purposes of this subparagraph, a conviction for which a person has been free from custody and free from supervision for at least ten years will not be considered, unless the conviction is for an offense which is a dangerous sexual offense as defined in O.C.G.A. § <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=42-1-12&amp;title=42#" target="_newtab">42-1-12</a> or the criminal offense was committed against a victim who was a minor at the time of the offense.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="375-5-1-.16(3)">(3)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Every instructor shall have a valid driver's license to operate a motor vehicle unless otherwise approved by the Department before applying for a Driver Improvement Instructor's Certificate.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="375-5-1-.16(4)">(4)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> No applicant will be approved who has had his driver's license suspended for any reason or who has pled guilty, had a bond forfeiture, or pled nolo contenders for any mandatory suspension offense within one (1) year prior to making application.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="375-5-1-.16(5)">(5)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> No applicant will be approved whose driver's license has been suspended two or more times or has pled guilty, had a bond forfeiture, or pled nolo contenders to two or more mandatory suspension offenses within five (5) years prior to making application.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="375-5-1-.16(6)">(6)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Every applicant must make application on a form prepared by the Department.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="375-5-1-.16(7)">(7)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Every application shall be accompanied by two (2) sets of fingerprints of each digit of the right and left hands, an affidavit from a state, county, or city officer qualified to make such fingerprints that the fingerprints are those of the applicant and a processing fee for the actual cost of processing for each set of fingerprint cards.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="375-5-1-.16(8)">(8)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Every application shall be accompanied by one (1) photograph of the applicant. The photograph shall have been taken within thirty (30) days of the date of filing the application and show a full view of the face, neck, shoulders, and uncovered head.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="375-5-1-.16(9)">(9)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Every application shall be accompanied by an official transcript or diploma from an accredited college, junior college, high school, or GED equivalent indicating that the applicant has successfully completed the requirements and received a degree, diploma, or GED certificate, as appropriate, from such institution.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="375-5-1-.16(10)">(10)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Every applicant must successfully complete the Department's Driver Improvement Program Instructor Training Course for the curriculum to be utilized by the instructor. In order to successfully complete the course, the applicant must have an overall score of 70 points out of a possible 100 points.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="375-5-1-.16(11)">(11)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The instructor's certificate will expire four (4) years from the date of issuance.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="375-5-1-.16(12)">(12)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Application from renewal of an instructor's certificate shall be made on a form prepared by the Department and submitted at least thirty (30) days prior to the date of expiration. Each renewal application shall be accompanied by one (1) photograph taken within thirty (30) days of the date of filing the renewal application.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="375-5-1-.16(13)">(13)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Instructors who allow their instructor's certificate to expire will not be permitted to instruct a Driver Improvement Clinic under any condition during the period in which the certificate is in an expired state.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="375-5-1-.16(14)">(14)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Any person whose instructor's certificate has not been renewed within a one (1) year period after expiration must re-qualify for a new instructor's certificate pursuant to the rules and regulations then applicable.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="375-5-1-.16(15)">(15)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Every original application for an instructor's certificate must be accompanied by an application fee of one hundred dollars ($100.00) payable as prescribed in these Rules and Regulations.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="375-5-1-.16(16)">(16)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Each license must be renewed in the manner prescribed by the Department. The fee for such renewal shall be fifty dollars ($50.00) payable as prescribed in these Rules and Regulations.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="375-5-1-.16(17)">(17)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The Department may, after receipt of a completed application, issue a temporary instructor permit, pending completion of a background investigation of the applicant. Said permit shall expire on the ninety-first (91st) day following issuance, unless the application is denied, in which case the permit shall be deemed to have been revoked by operation of law. No additional fee will be charged for this permit.</td> </tr> </table> <h2><a href="/GAC/375-5-1-.17" name="375-5-1-.17" title="375-5-1-.17">Rule 375-5-1-.17 Suspension or Revocation of License of Clinic and/or Instructor</a></h2> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="375-5-1-.17(1)">(1)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The Department may suspend or revoke the license or certificate of any Driver Improvement Clinic or any instructor, employee or agent thereof for any violation of the law, rules or regulations relating to the operation of a Driver Improvement Clinic. All license(s) and/or certificate(s) will be sent to the Department immediately upon demand unless the license or certificate holder seeks to appeal the Department's order as provided in the Administration Procedure Act. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="375-5-1-.17(1)(a)">(a)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The affected clinic will not operate in any capacity while it is under any suspension or revocation.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="375-5-1-.17(1)(b)">(b)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The revocation or suspension becomes effective on the date indicated by the Department's order, but no time will be credited on the revocation or suspension until the affected license(s) or certificate (s) have been received by the Department.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="375-5-1-.17(2)">(2)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Actions which may lead to the suspension or revocation of a license or certificate shall include, but shall not be limited to the following: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="375-5-1-.17(2)(a)">(a)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Any conviction of an instructor or clinic operator of a felony or any crime involving violence, dishonesty, deceit, fraud, indecency or moral turpitude.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="375-5-1-.17(2)(b)">(b)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Knowingly presenting false or misleading information to the Department.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="375-5-1-.17(2)(c)">(c)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Addiction or habitual use of alcohol or dangerous or narcotic drugs by an instructor or operator.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="375-5-1-.17(2)(d)">(d)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The failure of any instructor to teach within the guidelines as prescribed in the rules and regulations or who demonstrates a lack of ability to instruct in the driver improvement program.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="375-5-1-.17(2)(e)">(e)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Failure or refusal to permit the Department to inspect a clinic, its class, instruction records or any operation of the facility pertaining to the clinic.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="375-5-1-.17(2)(f)">(f)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Failure or refusal to submit to the Department any application for a license or certificate in the manner prescribed by the Department.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="375-5-1-.17(2)(g)">(g)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Failure to maintain proper standards in instruction, instructors, equipment or teaching facilities sufficient to operate a clinic.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="375-5-1-.17(2)(h)">(h)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Employing an instructor, teacher or agent that is not certified by the Department.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="375-5-1-.17(2)(i)">(i)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Any change of ownership or controlling stockholders of a school without immediately notifying the Department.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="375-5-1-.17(2)(j)">(j)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Whenever any owner, instructor, employee or agent has aided or assisted any person in obtaining a driver's license and/or reinstatement of a driver's license by dishonest or fraudulent means.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="375-5-1-.17(2)(k)">(k)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Failure of the driver improvement clinic or instructor to notify the Department immediately in writing of any reportable accident involving its instructors, any revocation, suspension, or cancellation of the driver's license of any instructor, or any charge made against an instructor of the clinic as a result of a violation of the motor vehicle laws.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="375-5-1-.17(2)(l)">(l)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Failure of the Driver Improvement Clinic to maintain a telephone for the exclusive use of the clinic.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="375-5-1-.17(2)(m)">(m)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> If a person holds one or more licenses as a Driver Improvement Clinic owner(s) and/or instructor and one is suspended or cancelled, this may be grounds in itself for all licenses issued to that person to be suspended or cancelled.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="375-5-1-.17(2)(n)">(n)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> When a Driver Improvement Clinic and/or instructor operates or instructs while license is expired.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="375-5-1-.17(3)">(3)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The Department may impose a monetary fine in addition to, or in lieu of, the suspension or revocation of a license for any violation of Georgia law or the regulations governing driver improvement clinics.</td> </tr> </table> <h2><a href="/GAC/375-5-1-.18" name="375-5-1-.18" title="375-5-1-.18">Rule 375-5-1-.18 Complaints</a></h2> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="375-5-1-.18(1)">(1)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> All complaints by an individual, partnership, group, corporation or association against any individual, partnership, group, corporation or association relating to driver improvement clinics or driver improvement instructors must be in writing and signed by the complainant.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="375-5-1-.18(2)">(2)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The Department or its authorized representative may ask the complainant to sign a sworn statement indicating the nature of the complaint and the identity of the complainant.</td> </tr> </table> <h2><a href="/GAC/375-5-1-.19" name="375-5-1-.19" title="375-5-1-.19">Rule 375-5-1-.19 Fees</a></h2> <P>The fees required under this chapter shall be paid to the Department by cash, certified or cashier's check, company check or money order.</P> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="375-5-1-.19(a)">(a)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> A fee for the Defensive Driving Course completion certificates will be charged to the clinics. This charge will be the actual cost incurred by the Department. The actual cost of postage will be charged if the clinic requests that the certificates be sent by certified mail.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="375-5-1-.19(b)">(b)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Field personnel will be assigned the duty of undercover monitoring of clinics within the purview of the Driver Improvement Act. These persons will pay tuition as required by the clinic, and the clinic will reimburse these funds upon demand by the Department.</td> </tr> </table> <h2><a href="/GAC/375-5-1-.20" name="375-5-1-.20" title="375-5-1-.20">Rule 375-5-1-.20 Contractual Bond Requirements</a></h2> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="375-5-1-.20(1)">(1)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> No Driver Improvement Clinic may operate in the State of Georgia unless it provides and files with the Department a continuous performance bond in the principal sum of twenty-five hundred ($2500.00) dollars for the protection of the contractual rights of each student, written by a bonding company authorized to do business in the State of Georgia. If at any time said bond is not valid and in force, the license of the Clinic shall be deemed suspended by operation of law until a valid surety company bond is again in force.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="375-5-1-.20(2)">(2)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> A clinic may, at the election of the licensee, submit an individual surety bond in the amount of $2,500.00 or, if more than one clinic shares common ownership, submit a surety bond providing coverage in the amount of $2,500.00 per location (i.e., for ten clinics, a surety bond in the amount of $25,000.00). If this option is elected, the certificate must clearly demonstrate coverage for each clinic for which coverage is to be provided.</td> </tr> </table> <h2><a href="/GAC/375-5-1-.21" name="375-5-1-.21" title="375-5-1-.21">Rule 375-5-1-.21 Submission of Proof of Completion</a></h2> <P>It is the responsibility of the licensee to submit a certificate of completion of a DUI Alcohol or Drug Use Risk Reduction Program approved by the Department of Human Resources to the Department of Motor Vehicle Safety. It is the responsibility of the licensee to ensure that the Department actually receives the certificate within the time established by law. Certificates may be submitted by hand delivery to the Driver's License Services Section at the Department's headquarters, or by first class or certified mail addressed to that section at the Department's mailing address. If the licensee chooses to submit the certificate by mail, the licensee bears the risk of loss. If the Department does not receive a certificate sent by mail, a replacement certificate must be received by the Department within the time originally permitted by law, or the driver's license will be suspended and a restoration fee will be required for reinstatement.</P> <h2><a href="/GAC/375-5-1-.22" name="375-5-1-.22" title="375-5-1-.22">Rule 375-5-1-.22 Pending Charges Against Owners and Instructors</a></h2> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="375-5-1-.22(1)">(1)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> If at the time of application the applicant is charged with any offense that a conviction for which would result in said applicant's ineligibility for certification, consideration of the application shall be suspended until entry of a plea or verdict or dismissal of said charge.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="375-5-1-.22(2)">(2)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> If after the issuance of a permit a person is charged any offense that a conviction for which would result in said applicant's ineligibility for certification, the permit may be suspended pending disposition of such charge. If the person is convicted of such charge, the permit shall be revoked.</td> </tr> </table> <h2><a href="/GAC/375-5-1-.23" name="375-5-1-.23" title="375-5-1-.23">Rule 375-5-1-.23 Alternative Resources for Background Investigations</a></h2> <P>In the event the Department is unable to obtain classifiable electronically recorded fingerprints from an applicant for reasons that are beyond the applicant's control, the Department may conduct a background investigation of such applicant utilizing the CJIS Name Search procedures authorized by the Federal Bureau of Investigations and the Georgia Bureau of Investigations.</P> <h2><a href="/GAC/375-5-1-.24" name="375-5-1-.24" title="375-5-1-.24">Rule 375-5-1-.24 Driver Improvement Gratuities</a></h2> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="375-5-1-.24(1)">(1)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The following items are prohibited from being advertised or offered by an owner, agent, representative, instructor, or employee to any student or prospective student: legal tender, meals including beverages, gift cards, transportation, products or services for free or at a discounted price, or anything of monetary value not deemed to be a customer service exclusion. Customer service exclusions are limited to ink pens, pencils, water, coffee, candy, and Wi-Fi (wireless internet connection).</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="375-5-1-.24(2)">(2)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> A first violation shall result in an administrative fine of $300. A second or subsequent violation shall result in a 30-day suspension. A violation of 40-5-81(d) is a crime punishable as a misdemeanor. Each person convicted of a second offense shall have his or her certification revoked.</td> </tr> </table> </div> </div> </HTML> </div> <div id="toc" class="sidebar noprint"> <ul id="toc-children" class="children"><li><a href="/GAC/375-5-1-.01" name="375-5-1-.01" title="375-5-1-.01">Rule 375-5-1-.01 Organization</a></li><li><a href="/GAC/375-5-1-.02" name="375-5-1-.02" title="375-5-1-.02">Rule 375-5-1-.02 Definitions</a></li><li><a href="/GAC/375-5-1-.03" name="375-5-1-.03" title="375-5-1-.03">Rule 375-5-1-.03 Department of Driver Services Employees and Other Members and/or Employees of the Criminal Justice System</a></li><li><a href="/GAC/375-5-1-.04" name="375-5-1-.04" title="375-5-1-.04">Rule 375-5-1-.04 Clinic Requirements: Application</a></li><li><a href="/GAC/375-5-1-.05" name="375-5-1-.05" title="375-5-1-.05">Rule 375-5-1-.05 Qualification of Clinic Owners</a></li><li><a href="/GAC/375-5-1-.06" name="375-5-1-.06" title="375-5-1-.06">Rule 375-5-1-.06 Nontransferability</a></li><li><a href="/GAC/375-5-1-.07" name="375-5-1-.07" title="375-5-1-.07">Rule 375-5-1-.07 Display of License</a></li><li><a href="/GAC/375-5-1-.08" name="375-5-1-.08" title="375-5-1-.08">Rule 375-5-1-.08 Changes of Officers or Address</a></li><li><a href="/GAC/375-5-1-.09" name="375-5-1-.09" title="375-5-1-.09">Rule 375-5-1-.09 Location of Clinic</a></li><li><a href="/GAC/375-5-1-.10" name="375-5-1-.10" title="375-5-1-.10">Rule 375-5-1-.10 Office Requirements</a></li><li><a href="/GAC/375-5-1-.11" name="375-5-1-.11" title="375-5-1-.11">Rule 375-5-1-.11 Name of Clinic</a></li><li><a href="/GAC/375-5-1-.12" name="375-5-1-.12" title="375-5-1-.12">Rule 375-5-1-.12 Driver Improvement Clinic Advertising</a></li><li><a href="/GAC/375-5-1-.13" name="375-5-1-.13" title="375-5-1-.13">Rule 375-5-1-.13 Responsibility for Employees</a></li><li><a href="/GAC/375-5-1-.14" name="375-5-1-.14" title="375-5-1-.14">Rule 375-5-1-.14 Records and Contracts</a></li><li><a href="/GAC/375-5-1-.15" name="375-5-1-.15" title="375-5-1-.15">Rule 375-5-1-.15 Contents of Contracts</a></li><li><a href="/GAC/375-5-1-.16" name="375-5-1-.16" title="375-5-1-.16">Rule 375-5-1-.16 Qualifications of Instructors</a></li><li><a href="/GAC/375-5-1-.17" name="375-5-1-.17" title="375-5-1-.17">Rule 375-5-1-.17 Suspension or Revocation of License of Clinic and/or Instructor</a></li><li><a href="/GAC/375-5-1-.18" name="375-5-1-.18" title="375-5-1-.18">Rule 375-5-1-.18 Complaints</a></li><li><a href="/GAC/375-5-1-.19" name="375-5-1-.19" title="375-5-1-.19">Rule 375-5-1-.19 Fees</a></li><li><a href="/GAC/375-5-1-.20" name="375-5-1-.20" title="375-5-1-.20">Rule 375-5-1-.20 Contractual Bond Requirements</a></li><li><a href="/GAC/375-5-1-.21" name="375-5-1-.21" title="375-5-1-.21">Rule 375-5-1-.21 Submission of Proof of Completion</a></li><li><a href="/GAC/375-5-1-.22" name="375-5-1-.22" title="375-5-1-.22">Rule 375-5-1-.22 Pending Charges Against Owners and Instructors</a></li><li><a href="/GAC/375-5-1-.23" name="375-5-1-.23" title="375-5-1-.23">Rule 375-5-1-.23 Alternative Resources for Background Investigations</a></li><li><a href="/GAC/375-5-1-.24" name="375-5-1-.24" title="375-5-1-.24">Rule 375-5-1-.24 Driver Improvement Gratuities</a></li></ul> </div> </div> <!--content ends here--> <div id="footer" class="noprint"><span class="footer">Copyright &copy; 2019 Lawriter LLC - All rights reserved.</span>| <a href="mailto:support@casemakerlegal.com?subject=Rules and Regulations of the State of Georgia">Email Us</a> | 844-838-0769 | <a href="http://livechat.casemakerlegal.com/client.php?locale=en" target="_blank" onclick="if(navigator.userAgent.toLowerCase().indexOf('opera') != -1 && window.event.preventDefault)window.event.preventDefault();this.newWindow = window.open('http://livechat.casemakerlegal.com/client.php?locale=en&url='+escape(document.location.href)+'&referrer='+escape(document.referrer), 'webim','toolbar=0,scrollbars=0,location=0,status=1,menubar=0,width=640,height=480,resizable=1');this.newWindow.focus();this.newWindow.opener=window;return false;">Live Chat</a> </div> </div> </body> </html>