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Plan Ahead Before Getting a License or ID

August 6, 2012
The Department of Driver Services launches Secure ID.

Since July 3, as part of its Secure ID initiative to comply with the Federal Real ID Act of 2005, the Department of Driver Services (DDS) has required first time and renewing license holders to provide original documentation to prove identity, social security number and 2 proofs of residency. Those license holders who have had legal name changes (for marriages, divorces or adoptions, for instance) must also provide documentation of those changes.

Throughout the course of last month, average customer wait times statewide dropped week after week, and at the same time the overall volume of licenses produced increased.

To help DDS make wait times even more manageable, remember these 2 simple tips:

  • Keep in mind that Tuesday is the busiest day for customer service centers, so it's best to plan your visit for another time.

Many Georgians can now renew their driver's licenses and IDs online. See the qualifications for online license/ID renewal, and find more online services with DDS in our 2017 blog post.

For more information on how you can help make your transition to Secure ID a smooth one, download a list of all accepted identification documents, read frequently asked questions and find a customer service center near you.


Last updated April 27, 2017.

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