In Georgia, a person must be at least 15 years old to obtain a learners permit for driving. Historically, this would unambiguously be understood to mean that today, August 16, 2022, a person must have been born on or before August 16, 2007. With the LIFE Act, can this be interpreted to include anyone conceived on or after that date? Could a person conceived on August 16, 2007, and born nine months later on May 16, 2008 (14 years and 3 months ago) obtain a Georgia learners permit today?

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    How would you establish the date of conception? Aug 17, 2022 at 4:05
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    @MichaelHall Good question. Unless it was a One-Night-Stand, probably not even the parents know exactly.
    – PMF
    Aug 17, 2022 at 8:01

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Georgia Code § 40-5-24 says:

Any resident of this state who is at least 15 years of age may apply to the department for an instruction permit to operate a noncommercial Class C vehicle.

What is “age”? According to § 15-11-6,

(a) Except as provided in subsection (b) of this Code section, a child attains a specified age the first second past midnight on the day of the anniversary of such child's birth.

(b) A child born on February 29 attains a specified age on March 1 of any year that is not a leap year.

So, you still have to wait until the 15th anniversary of your birth to apply for a permit.

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    Ahhh, the "Pirates of Penzanze" clause...
    – DJohnM
    Aug 17, 2022 at 6:08

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