New Rules for Renewing Driver's License Start July 1

To be fully compliant with the Federal Real ID Act of 2005, the State of Georgia is implementing new requirements when renewing or applying for a driver's license on July 1.


Beginning July 1, 2012, the Georgia Department of Driver Services will require additional documentation when applying for or renewing your driver's license or applying for an ID card.

It's all part of a national security plan to improve the security of Georgia's DL and ID cards and to be fully compliant with the Federal Real ID Act of 2005.

"We all had to go through this process when we first applied for a driver's license," said Susan Sports, communications director for the Georgia DDS. Providing the required documents will only be necessary this one time, she said.

The only visible difference from the current DL/ID is that a gold star will be printed on the top right corner of the Secure DL and IDs. The new licensing process also is aimed at provding additional protection from identity theft.

According to the Georgia DDS website before getting your driver's license renewed, here's what you'll need to do:

  • You must visit a Customer Service Center in person on your first renewal, reinstatement or first issuance beginning July 1, 2012.
  • You must provide an original or certified copy of your Birth Certificate or other proof of identity, and proof of U.S. citizenship or lawful presence in the United States.
  • You must provide your Social Security Card or other proof of full SSN. Previously, DDS was allowed to simply ask you for your SSN; and
  • You must provide two different proofs of your residential address. Previously, DDS only required one proof of your residential address for your 1st DL or ID card.
  • Additional documentation to verify lawful presence in the United States may be required if you are a non-citizen.
  • Additional documentation may be required if you have had a legal name change.

Visit the DDS's website for additional instructions. Click here for a list of accepted documents.

What do you think about the changes? Tell us in the comments below.

Richard R. January 25, 2013 at 04:04 AM
They will get to that no later than the eleventeenth of Nebruary. AKA- Never. Sad, Another example of a law only law abiding citizens will follow.
Mary Newsome Cook February 22, 2013 at 05:39 PM
Since you speak from a mans' perspective, I understand what you're saying. But, as a woman that was born in this country with a valid Birth Certificate and Drivers' License I feel a little put out. I have to prove two marriages and divorces, one 40 years ago, and once 32 years ago. I have to write to the states they occurred in with the exact dates and counties they occured in, Send in a valid ID, pay a fee for each document and have the correct current address on my ID. If not I have to submit documents to prove where I live. Then I am priveleged to watch on the news that several states are handing out a Drivers' License to illegals. My sister went through this and it cost her a small fortune because she couldn't remember the exact place and date she was married. Every times she guessed she had to pay for it. It is ridiculous, costly and time consuming.
Regina White February 26, 2013 at 11:13 PM
It's just a massive pain now days when you do almost anything you have to carry a file folder full of proof.... That you are who you are... And you live where you live. And I get it that in some cases you have to do that. But now that out state has taken that extra step...and even put that tacky star on our DLs.... How about slacking up on us? I just have a feeling its all hogwash!! Some crackpot had an "idea" that's only wasted money and efforts. I might be more inclined to fully support this and believe in it.... When I see it in action.
Shawn March 25, 2013 at 01:48 PM
My father needs help fast!!! For the last 6 months my father has tried everything thinkable to obtain a birth certificate (including hiring a lawyer). 67 years ago he was born in a residential home, with no prof to show. Luther Weaver Jr. (My father) has been driving a CDL Truck for 46 years. He is already on the 120 day extension period. What he will loose, his job, his health insurance, want be able to pay any bills. My mother (his wife), is dying of cancer. We are in a dire need of help. This problem is all due to the new license renewal laws. Please help. I will be forwarding to all local, national, TV stations, and news papers. Once again please help. Thank you Shawn Weaver sweaver11000@yahoo.com
James Woodall January 29, 2014 at 07:04 PM
My 75 year old mother needs her license renewed by feb. 22nd. Her problem is she doesnt have a birth certificate she has tried to get one for years and cant.. Born at home by a midwife no record found. What can she do in lieu of this. She has her SS card and draws Social security. What is she to do?


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