Obtain An Identification Card In Georgia

Do you need to apply for a state ID in Georgia? The ID card application doesn't have to be complicated. We've collected helpful information to assist you with everything you need to know about getting an ID card and renewing an ID card. You will also learn how to replace your ID card in Georgia or purchase a duplicate Georgia ID card. Select from the options below to get started:

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1: Get Started with Online Application Assistance

Application assistance services can simplify the process for many DDS related services for a fee, including: renewing your license, applying for a license, registering a vehicle, replacing your license, changing your address and more. In addition to assistance in preparing official forms, the value added services and products you will receive include a comprehensive Easy Guide™ containing information relevant to your service needs; 30 days of both emergency Roadside Assistance and the Repair Assist consultation service from Road America. Other benefits include an ongoing monthly newsletter and a quarterly magazine covering important updates that affect drivers, important safety tips, trends, legislative updates and ways to save money on vehicle-related services.

2: By mail

Some drivers prefer to handle the renewal process by mail, rather than taking advantage of assistance services, visiting the DDS in person, or via available online services. Service by mail is available with limitations. Read below for additional details or visit your local DDS.

3: Via a DDS office

If your specific needs require an in-person visit, most, if not all, driver license services can be handled at your local DDS office. Varying DDS offices sometimes supply different types of services so you will need to check before your visit to make sure the DDS closest to you provides the service you require. In addition, you can call to see if your DDS allows you to make a personal appointment.


Regardless of why you do not own a driver's license, you will still need to apply for an ID card for various reasons, ranging from leisure activities to travel. Getting an ID card in Georgia is simple, and you should begin the ID card application process as soon as you are ready.

Note:There is no age requirement to obtain an ID card in Georgia. If you hold an out-of-state Georgia license/ID/permit, you will not be eligible for a Georgia ID card, you will need to turn in your current ID card. If you have a license/ID/permit from another country, you will be eligible for a Georgia ID, and you do not have to turn in your current ID. If you have a suspended, revoked, canceled or expired license, you may obtain a Georgia ID card.

Obtaining a new ID card

To apply for a Georgia ID card, first, you should plan a visit to your local driver's license office.


In Georgia, you can purchase an identification card that is valid for five years for $20, or a card valid for eight years for $32. Cash, money orders, checks, credit or debit cards (MasterCard or Visa); checks payable to: DDS.


When you visit a local DDS office, you will need to bring at least two of the following documents with you:

  • Social Security Card
  • Certified U.S. birth certificate (or)
  • U.S. passport
  • Certificate of Naturalization
  • Certificate of Citizenship
  • U.S. Certificate of Birth Abroad
  • Resident Alien Card
  • Valid foreign passport with valid U.S. immigration document

You may also need additional forms of identification if one of the above documents does not contain a photo. For a list of these documents, click here.

What is a Georgia state ID?

A state ID is an acceptable replacement for a drivers license typically used by minors, the elderly or by anyone who does not want a drivers license, but still needs identification in Georgia. For more information on how to get an identification card in Georgia, click here.

ID card renewal

You can renew your ID card up to 150 days prior to the expiration date, or two years prior to your ID card expiring. The cost of renewing a state ID card is $5. You can renew your ID card in-person or online, and some may be eligible for renewal by mail.

Note: Effective July 1, 2012, the federal requirements for the Real ID Act, DDS started issuing Secure ID cards to customers renewing or applying for the first time. You must go into your local DDS office.

Replacement ID cards

If you have lost your ID card, or it has been stolen or severely damaged, you should look into replacing it immediately. A stolen ID card may even lead to identity theft, so it is crucial you replace your identification card as soon as possible. A replacement ID card in Georgia costs $5. The instructions for getting a duplicate ID cards are similar, but be sure to bring everything you will need for your new ID card copy before you head to the DDS by clicking here.

For more information, contact: http://www.dds.ga.gov/aboutus/contactus.aspx.