Obtaining A New Georgia Drivers License

Applying for a new drivers license in Georgia? We offer links to resources that will save you time and get you going in the right direction. 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.


Motorists who need a new Georgia drivers license may fall into one of the following categories: new resident, non-U.S. citizen or first-time driver. There are many requirements that must be satisfied before motorists can secure a new Georgia drivers license from the Department of Driver Services (DDS).

New Georgia Residents
New residents with valid, out-of-state drivers licenses are required to file for a Georgia drivers license within 30 days of becoming a new resident.  Representatives at any one of the DDS Customer Service Centers can assist motorists with processing out-of-state license transfers.  Certain locations in the Atlanta metropolitan area offer appointments for new license transfers, however, an appointment is not required.  Check the DDS website for available center locations.

The process for getting a new Georgia drivers license is fairly simple but requires the following steps:

  • The motorist must be at least 18 years old  
  • All drivers must surrender their current out-of-state license to the DDS
  • Returned licenses that are expired less than two years do not require a written or road test
  • A vision exam
  • A Social Security Number - presentation of the Social Security card is not required.
  • Proof of Georgia State residency; acceptable forms include:
    • Bank statements
    • Utility bills
    • Housing documents
    • Employee identification
    • The driver’s license of a household member that is with you at time of application
    • An original birth certificate, certificate of birth registration or certified copy of a certified birth certificate (any name changes require proof of identity)

The DDS provides new Georgia drivers license applicants with numerous other proof of identity and proof of residency requirement options.  Generate and print a complete checklist of the required documentation. The DDS also requires a driving history record from the state from which the motorist is transfering. 

New Georgia Drivers License Applicants 
The DDS encourages Georgia drivers license applicants who are younger than 18 to call with any questions in regards to a new drivers license. The contact number is (678) 413-8400. There are special drivers license types and criteria that are specific to younger Georgia drivers license applicants. 

  • Drivers must have completed a Georgia driver’s education course by the time they apply for a license.
  • A certificate of completion (form DS-1) must be presented.

Non-U.S. Citizens Getting a Georgia Drivers License
Georgia drivers license applicants who come from out of the country have a few options. Drivers from other countries can use their existing drivers license as long as it is not expired.  Motorists from out of the country have up to one year before they must apply for a formal new Georgia drivers license. If an out-of-country driver decides to become a resident before the one-year grace period is up, he or she must apply for a Georgia drivers license.

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