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Georgia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV)

Where is the Georgia DMV?

The State of Georgia does not have a Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV).

In our state, the functions normally associated with a DMV are separated between two agencies:

For more information on driving issues in Georgia, read our infographic series, Drivers and Vehicles.


How do I earn my learner's permit or first driver's license?

You may apply for an Instructional Permit at age 15. After 1 year and 1 day with an instructional permit, you may apply for a Provisional Driver's License. You must be 18 years old to carry a full license for everyday, non-commercial vehicles.

You can find additional requirements for new drivers on the Department of Driver Services website.

How do I renew my driver's license?

You must renew your license every 8 years. You may be required to pass a vision test, knowledge exam, and the road skills test.

Renewal costs $32, but you may be eligible to receive a $5 discount by renewing online.

What does it cost to renew my annual vehicle registration?

If you own a passenger vehicle or motorcycle, annual registration costs $20.

You must also pay any applicable taxes, as well as fees for special license plates. If you live in metro Atlanta, you must provide proof of emissions inspection.

How do I transfer my out-of-state or out-of-country driver's license?

Visit a Department of Driver Services (DDS) Customer Service Center to transfer your driver's license within 30 days of moving to Georgia.

Create a Custom Checklist on the Department of Driver Services website to make sure you arrive with the necessary documents.

You will hand over your former license, pay the license fee, and receive a temporary license. You'll receive your permanent license within a few weeks in the mail.

How do I transfer my vehicle's registration, title, and plate from another state?

Go to the County Tag Office in the county where you reside to renew your vehicle registration. Learn more about transferring your vehicle's title and license plate on the Department of Revenue's website.

You have 30 days from the date you establish Georgia residence to complete this transfer.

As a college student from another state, do I need to register my vehicle in Georgia?

If you are a college student whose permanent home is outside Georgia, you don't need to register your vehicle in the state. However, you do need to make sure that your home state registration is current.