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Georgia Driver's License Requirements to Change July 1

To be fully compliant with the Federal Real ID Act of 2005, the State of Georgia is implementing new requirements when renewing or applying for a driver's license.

Beginning July 1, 2012, the Georgia Department of Driver Services will require additional documentation when applying for or renewing your driver's license or applying for an ID card.

It's all part of a national security plan to improve the security of Georgia's DL and ID cards and to be fully compliant with the Federal Real ID Act of 2005.

"We all had to go through this process when we first applied for a driver's license," said Susan Sports, communications director for the DDS. Providing the required documents will only be necessary this one time she said.

The only visible difference from the current DL/ID is that a gold star will be printed on the top right corner of the Secure DL and IDs. The new licensing process also is aimed at provding additional protection from identity theft.

According to the Georgia DDS website before getting your driver's license renewed, here's what you'll need to do:

You must visit a Customer Service Center in person on your first renewal, reinstatement or first issuance beginning July 1, 2012; you must provide an original or certified copy of your Birth Certificate or other proof of identity, and proof U.S. citizenship or lawful presence in the United States;

You must provide your Social Security Card or other proof of full SSN. Previously, DDS was allowed to simply ask you for your SSN; and you must provide two different proofs of your residential address. Previously, DDS only required one proof of your residential address for your 1st DL or ID card.

Additional documentation to verify lawful presence in the United States may be required if you are a non-citizen.

Additional documentation may be required if you have had a legal name change
Visit the DDS's website for additional instructions and office locations. Click HERE for a list of accepted documents.

What do you think about these changes? Let us know in the comment section below.

Kirsten Dillard May 20, 2012 at 09:05 PM
Wait- I'm confused, I have to bring a certified copy of my birth certificate just to renew? I've been driving for over 30 years - what is up with that?
Bill Palmer May 21, 2012 at 11:41 AM
Just one more nail in the coffin as we move toward the George Orwell vision of state totalitarianism. The US has a terrible form of National Government now, however it is better than all the rest although that is not saying much.
agnes May 21, 2012 at 06:16 PM
this is ridiculous. aclu where are you on this one?
T. Doane October 03, 2012 at 03:17 AM
This is just crazy....To have all this to just renew is just crazy and can not think of anything else to say on that...but are all satates doing this or just a few? T. Doane
Linda L. Farrar February 08, 2013 at 06:26 PM
I've been driving since I was 18. I also drove a school bus for 20 years. I had to be finger printed & go through a through back ground check etc. So my question is why should I have to go through all this again. L. Farrar

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