DDS began issuing its most recent generation of DL and ID cards in 2010 under our SAFFE DL (Secure Automated Fast Friendly Easier Driver’s License) Program. SAFFE DL contained over 20 overt, covert and forensic security features built into the DL/ID. Georgia’s new Secure ID program builds on the advances of SAFFE DL by further enhancing the integrity and security of our DLs and ID cards.
To further improve the security and integrity of Georgia's DL and ID cards and to be fully compliant with the Federal Real ID Act of 2005, which adopted the recommendations of the 911 Commission. The Real ID Act prohibits the federal government from accepting driver licenses or IDs issued by non-compliant states to board a commercial flight or enter a federal building.
The requirements become effective July 1, 2012. The DDS Customer Service Centers will begin issuing the new Secure ID on Tuesday, July 3, 2012 to customers presenting the new required documentation.
All new customers will be issued a Secure ID DL or ID card. All existing customers that need to renew or reinstate a DL/ID beginning July 1, 2012 will be issued a Secure ID DL or ID card.
Customers requesting a replacement or updating their existing DL or ID card are strongly encouraged to be issued a Secure ID DL or ID.
The benefits of a Secure DL/ID is that it:
You must go to the Social Security Administration (SSA) and obtain a Letter of Denial stating that you are not eligible for a SSN, and bring the letter with your other documents during your next visit to DDS.
DDS accepts a number of common documents to prove your residential address including:
DDS will accept a letter from the facility for customers who reside in a medical or assisted care facility. The letter must be on the facility's official letterhead and include your name, date of birth, the address of the facility, and the name and phone number of an official representative of the facility.
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. An example is below:
Yes. After July 1, 2012, if you bring the mandatory documents prior to your renewal, you will be issued a Secure DL or ID.
No. There will be no changes in the current fees. Click here to see the current DL and ID fees.
For Existing Customers - Customers who have a valid Georgia DL or ID must present the latest certified document supporting the most recent name change. For example, a woman who has divorced and wishes to change her name on her DL or ID will present an original birth certificate plus a divorce decree showing a full legal name.
For Customers New To Georgia - If the name has changed from an original birth record, passport, or other approved identity document, customers must present the complete trail of certified documents supporting all name changes. Acceptable documents include an original or certified copy of a marriage certificate or marriage license application (for all marriages), divorce decree (if a name change was specified on the decree), court ordered name change, or adoption decree.
Please note that Georgia does not recognize same sex marriages and cannot accept out of state marriage documents reflecting a person taking the last name of a same sex partner.
You will need to contact the appropriate agency to get a certified copy of an accepted identity document.
If you currently hold a valid Georgia DL or ID, you will receive a temporary DL/ID that has a limited term (up to 120 days) which gives you additional time to gather the required documents and return to a Customer Service Center with your documents.
Yes, as long as the expiration date appearing on your DL or ID has not passed.
Until you have been issued a Secure ID DL or ID, you will be unable to renew your DL/ID online beginning July 1, 2012. However, all other online services such as ordering an MVR, checking your points, replacement of a lost license and change of address will continue to be available.
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