New Requirements for Driver's Licenses: Be Prepared!

Why the changes to the requirements for Georgia Driver's licenses? Be prepared to wait, and be sure to bring the correct documents.

I've received a number of complaints this week from constituents who experienced long waits while attempting to renew their driver's licenses.  According to news reports, it looks like this may be a problem for some time because the Georgia Department of Driver Services (DDS) enacted new requirements effective July 1, 2012. There should have been a better educational campaign about the changes as many Georgians were unaware of the new documentation requirements.


The Real ID Act of 2005 is a Republican-sponsored law that sets federal standards for the issuance of state driver's licenses. Governor Nathan Deal, then a member of the House of Representatives, was one of the co-sponsors of this federal law and he also voted for its passage.  The law was signed by President George W. Bush on May 11, 2005. 


There are new documentation standards for obtaining a Georgia driver's license or ID card and you must visit a Customer Service Center in person for your first issuance, first renewal, or reinstatement after July 1, 2012. 

The new documentation standards can be found here.  For example, you now 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;
  • your Social Security Card or other proof of full Social Security Number (SSN), such as a W2. Previously, DDS was allowed to simply ask you for your SSN; and
  • two different proofs of your residential address. Previously, DDS only required one proof of your residential address.
  • Be sure to bring the correct documentation with you.  For additional information and a list of FAQs, click here.





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    D. Melchionda July 11, 2012 at 11:03 PM
    I jsut spent 5 1/2 hours there today to renew my license, which itself was a 5 minute procedure. Luckily I'm not working now, but if I had to take a personal day off to take care of this MESS the state's created I would be even angrier!
    Kevin Madigan July 11, 2012 at 11:41 PM
    An appalling waste of time, Deb. This needs to be fixed, and fast.
    R++ One of the Famous Dacula Crew July 12, 2012 at 12:59 AM
    So she had no car insurance? No Tag? No magazines addressed at home? No local bank accounts, even an old savings account at the home address? No School items addressed to the house? No student aid? She was claimed as a dependent correct? Sorry from personal experience, I just cant see this as the deal breaker presented here. Elderly parent No insurance bills or car titles here, no social services or social security, no joint checking, no tax forms? Hmmm Claiming there is no voter fraud is disingenuous at best, its all over the country party connection makes no difference but there have been a greater number of high profile cases associated with the DNC and its supporters over the past 4 years or so. Kinda makes you wish we registered our "visitors" just a little better doesn't it?
    Terry Funderburke July 12, 2012 at 01:08 PM
    Part of the long delays at the DMV is a result of people who can't or won't follow instructions. Really don't want those people driving or voting. DMV needs to weed them out faster.
    R++ One of the Famous Dacula Crew July 12, 2012 at 06:00 PM
    You think this might have made a wee bit of difference? (And its ONLY one case) 6/21/12 Multistate scam abusing New Mexico's law that allows illegal immigrants to obtain driver's licenses. The indictment unsealed late Tuesday said the New Mexico residents would help people in South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and Georgia get the licenses. And this occurred AFTER the period where TENN issued its own licenses to the undocumented and THEN reversed the practice due to overwhelming increases in related expenses to the state. ( Many took those here to exchange for GA. ID) "It was part of the conspiracy that individuals who were in the country illegally ... and not residents of New Mexico, would obtain driver's licenses from New Mexico using false documents and through false representations," the indictment said. About 92,000 foreign national licenses have been issued in New Mexico since 2003. Out of those, only 16,000 license holders filed a state income-tax return this year, officials say. The indictment comes after authorities earlier this month busted up a driver's license fraud ring in the Eastern New Mexico communities of Clovis and Portales. In the latest case, the homes and businesses of a Rio Rancho man and four Albuquerque residents were raided Tuesday by federal and state authorities in connection with a South Carolina-based scheme. http://www.santafenewmexican.com/localnews/Feds--5-state-immigrant-license-fraud-tied-to-N-M-


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