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Laura Horton

New Requirements to Renew Georgia Driver's License

By July 6, 2012

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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.

December 26, 2012 at 5:35 pm
(1) tim ritenour says:

are we getting dumber or what to say homeland security is a oxy moran ,and this is a a waste of taxpayers time and another way to invade our lives ,.

April 13, 2013 at 9:16 am
(2) George says:

So the card I’ve been using for thirty years means nothing . How crazy is that – your old drivers license ought to carry some value respect – something ! Shouldn’t they be concerned more with foreign countries like china hacking us than this bs

May 23, 2013 at 3:33 pm
(3) Green says:

It’s about time the holders of such an important document as a drivers license that is sometimes used to prove age or other things have to prove they are entitled to have one. If you don’t want to show your ID, buy a bicycle.

June 14, 2013 at 7:38 pm
(4) T.L. Kiser, Sr says:

Looks like the government figured out a new way to make a little extra money on the side. To replace a new birth certificate that your parents or you, lost 25 years ago, you now have to pay 25 dollars to replace it and provide it to the DDS …ONE TIME!. And you can’t use those certificates with the baby feet on them either. They are considered a “novelty”. Pants should come with three pockets. Two for your hands and one for the government. They’ll want the one with the money in it.

February 7, 2014 at 7:28 am
(5) john says:

Soooooooooo friggin Stupid

February 26, 2014 at 1:58 pm
(6) tommy says:

it’s funny that you have people, that can’t speak or read a word of english, driving with no problem.

April 30, 2014 at 10:33 am
(7) Eldrin says:

All this, including a 5-hour wait to renew a license, so an illegal immigrant can’t get a driver’s license. I figure they are going to drive anyway, and frankly, I would rather they have a license and insurance if they hit my car.

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