As you plan your move to Georgia, remember to transfer your driver's license and vehicle registration, register to vote and explore your new community.
What You Should Know:
- Learn about registering to vote.
- Visit the Georgia Department of Labor to search job openings in the state.
- Start looking for public schools for your children, and read about the immunization and health record requirements for public school enrollment.
- Search for the public libraries in your area.
- Find Georgia activities around your new home.
How do I transfer my driver's license?
Within 30 days after you move to Georgia, schedule an appointment with the Department of Driver Services, and gather your current license, proof of your Social Security number, two proofs of Georgia residency (bank statement, utility bill or rental contract) and proof of identity (birth certificate, passport or immigration card). Please create a Custom Checklist to be sure you arrive with the necessary documents.
At the appointment, you’ll hand over your former license, pay the license fee and receive a temporary license. You may also choose to register to vote. Just a few weeks later your permanent license will arrive by mail.
How do I register and title my vehicle?
First, go to a Department of Driver Services office to transfer your driver's license. Then, with your temporary driver's license in hand, you can visit your County Tax Commissioner's Office to register and title your car. There you'll need to:
- Fill out an application for a title and license plate
- Present proof of insurance (such as your policy's Declaration Page)
- Pay for your registration, title and one-time Title Ad Valorem Tax (TAVT) in cash, check (with your current address on the checks) or money order where accepted
I'm a registered nurse. Is my professional license from my former state valid in Georgia?
An out-of-state professional license does not qualify you to work in Georgia. However, if the standards for getting a license in your old home state are roughly equal to or more difficult than the Georgia standards, you're eligible to apply for a license. Learn more about this by visiting your profession's licensing board.
Sources: Department of Driver Services, Department of Labor & Secretary of State. This information was prepared as a public service of the State of Georgia to provide general information, not to advise on any specific legal problem. It is not, and cannot be construed to be, legal advice. If you have questions regarding any matter contained on this page, please speak with the agency that is the source of the information.