Did you know that this month the Georgia Department of Driver Services (also known as the DDS, or the good ol' DMV) began using a new set of requirements for driver's license renewal? I didn't. And I'm usually pretty on top of these things, so I have a feeling a lot of you didn't know either.
You can no longer renew your license online until after you've gone through the new procedure, called Secure ID. If your current license is Secure ID compliant, it will be marked with a little yellow star in the upper right hand corner.
Those wishing to renew that don't have a Secure ID compliant license (that's pretty much of us) will need to bring ALL of the following items to the DDS in person when it is time to renew:
- At least one document to prove your Primary Identity (examples: passport, birth certificate, citizenship certificate)
- At least one document to prove your Social Security Number (examples: Social Security card, W-2)
- At least two documents to prove your Residential Address (examples: utility bill, bank statement, mortgage statement)
Here is the complete list of all acceptable forms of documentation, organized by the above categories.
Previously, all that you really needed was one proof of residency document, your social security number (but not the actual card), and a form of ID like a passport. The new program is designed to make IDs in Georgia more secure and make sure Georgia is compliant with the Federal Real ID Act of 2005.
Need to know more? Check out a bunch of FAQs.