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Checklist of all Accepted Documents

Please be sure to bring the required documents in each section of the Checklist with you when you visit a DDS Customer Service Center to obtain your DL or ID.

Name Change (You must present 1 of the following unless otherwise noted):
US Citizen
IMPORTANT NAME CHANGE INFORMATION: If you are a US Citizen and your name has legally changed from the name shown on the Primary Identification document which you plan to provide as proof of identity (ex. Birth Certificate, Passport, etc.), then you must be prepared to present additional support documents (ex. Marriage Certificate, Divorce Decree, Adoption Decree, etc.).

  • Customers who hold a GA Driver’s License or ID Card are to present the original or certified copy document which supports the most recent name change.

  • Customers who are new to Georgia must provide the complete trail of original or certified documents which support ALL name changes.
Marriage Certificate//Marriage License (A photocopy of a supporting marriage document is acceptable for existing customers who hold a valid GA Driver's License or ID Card.)
Marriage License Application
Divorce Decree, original or certified copy
Court Adoption Decree/Document, original or certified copy
US Passport or Passport Card that has been expired for less than 10 years.
Court Petition for Legal Name Change, original or certified copy
In the absence of a supporting marriage document OR if the marriage document is a Church-issued certificate, an existing GA customer can prove their current name by providing a document from SSA showing their married name and SSN* and one of the following documents:
  • Financial statement for bank/credit union account showing the married name. This can be a joint account showing both names or an individual account
  • Death Certificate of the spouse can be original, certified copy or photocopy
  • W-2 form showing the married name
  • Federal/State Tax Return
  • Medicaid Card
  • Medicare Card
  • Property Tax Bill or Property Deed showing the married name
  • Military Dependent ID Card, valid or expired
  • Military ID Card, valid or expired

Note: GA Marriage Licenses/Certificates must be obtained at the Probate Court in the County where they were purchased, only. A couple may get married in any County after purchasing their license, however the certified copy can only be issued from the County where the Marriage License was purchased
Non-Citizen
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DDS will only issue a driver's license in a name that exactly matches the original immigration documents.

Primary Identification (You must present 1 of the following unless otherwise noted):
US Citizen
U.S. Passport or Passport Card that has been expired for less than 10 years. - For more information, please go to www.travel.state.gov/passport/
An original or certified copy of a US Birth Certificate/Amended Birth Certificate filed with the State Office of Vital Statistics or equivalent agency in the Applicant's state of birth (including US Territories and the District of Columbia). An original or photocopy "Keepsake" birth certificate issued by Georgia hospitals that can be verified through the Georgia Department of Public Health's Vital Records system may be acceptable.

Consular Report of Birth Abroad issued by the U.S Department of State, Form FS-240, DS-1350, or FS 545 - For more information, please go to www.travel.state.gov/law/family_issues/birth/birth_593.html
Certificate of Naturalization issued by DHS, Form N-550 or N-570 - For more Information, please go to www.dhs.gov/homeland-security-forms
Certificate of Citizenship, Form N-560 or N-561, issued by the DHS - For more information, please go to www.uscis.gov/portal/site/uscis
SSA Numident Record – Applicant’s date of birth must be prior to January 1, 1940
Original US Military Discharge Papers – Applicant’s date of birth must be prior to January 1, 1940
Non-Citizen
NOTE: DDS will only issue a driver's license in a name that exactly matches the original immigration documents.
Visa Waiver; also requires unexpired Foreign Passport
Unexpired Foreign Passport with a valid US Visa and valid I-94 or I-797; also requires I-766, I-20, or DS -2019
I-766 (TPS - Temporary Protected Status)
I-766 (non TPS); also requires unexpired Foreign Passport
I-551 or I-551 Stamp with photo on I-94 form
I-551 Stamp; also requires unexpired Foreign Passport
I-94 (Asylee status)
I-94 (Refugee status)
Certificate of Citizenship
Certificate of Naturalization
Unexpired Foreign Passport with Immigration Status of A, B, E, H, I, L, O, P, Q, R, or S

Proof of Social Security Number (You must present 1 of the following unless otherwise noted):
Social Security Card - Original, laminated original or copy; For more information, please go to http://www.socialsecurity.gov/ssnumber/ss5doc.htm


NOTE: Make sure you have registered with the SSA for a legal name change if applicable prior to visiting the DDS.
W-2 form with Applicant's name & full or partial SSN*
SSA-1099 form with Applicant's name & full or partial SSN*
Non-SSA 1099 form with Applicant's name & full or partial SSN*
Pay stub with Applicant's name & full or partial SSN*
SSN Denial Letter / SSA Refusal Letter*. For more information, please go to http://www.socialsecurity.gov/ssnumber/ss5doc.htm
SSA Print-out containing office stamp and SSA employee signature as well as Applicant's name & SSN*. For more information, please go to http://www.socialsecurity.gov/ssnumber/ss5doc.htm
1-797C with Applicant's name, demographic info & SSN - For Non-Citizens only*
Federal / State Tax Return with Applicant's name & SSN (also acceptable for proof of SSN for Dependents)*
Medicare / Medicaid card with Applicant's name & SSN*
Social Security Annual Statement. For more information, please go to www.ssa.gov/mystatement/
Selective Service Notice with Applicant's name & SSN*

Proof of Residential Address (You must present 2 of the following unless otherwise noted):
IMPORTANT:
  • The two (2) documents must be from separate/independent sources. For example, a bank account statement for two differing statement periods is not acceptable.
  • In addition to the document showing your current residential address, it must also show your name.
  • Customers can cross out non-essential information on Proof of Residential Address documents such as account numbers, financial figures or other information that does not obstruct your name and address.
Utility bill issued within the last two (2) years for services installed at your residential address (ex. water, sewer, gas, electricity, cable/satellite TV, internet, telephone/cell phone, or garbage collection)
Financial statement for bank/credit union account, investment account, credit card account, or loan/credit financing issued within the last two (2) years.
Your unexpired GA driver's license, permit or ID card showing your current residential address.
Employer verification, including, but not limited to, one of the following:
  • Paycheck or paycheck stub issued within the last two (2) years.
  • Letter from your employer on company letterhead issued within the last two (2) years.
  • W-2 for earnings issued within the last two (2) years.
  • Military orders issued within the last two (2) years.
A GA driver’s license, permit, or ID card issued to parent, guardian, spouse or other immediate family member residing in the same household. The immediate family member must be present and provide their GA driver’s license, permit or ID card in person.
Health insurance statement or explanation of benefits (EOB) for claim or a health care bill/invoice issued within the last two (2) years.
State of Georgia or Federal income tax return or refund check issued within the last two (2) years.
Social Security documentation including Social Security Annual Statement issued within the last two (2) years, Numident record, or Social Security check. For more information, please go to www.ssa.gov/mystatement/
Statements for Federal, State, and Local assistance programs including Medicare, Medicaid, unemployment insurance claims, or WIC
School record or transcript, report card, student loan application, or form DS-1 issued within the last two (2) years.
Homeowners insurance policy or premium bill issued within the last two (2) years.
Mortgage, payment coupon, deed, escrow statement or property tax bill issued within the last two (2) years.
Voter Registration Card issued within the last two (2) years.
Auto-Insurance Policy with Applicant’s name and address issued within the last two (2) years.
Auto-Registration with Applicant’s name and address issued within the last two (2) years.
Unexpired Firearms License (Gun Permit)
Unexpired Merchant Marine License
I-797A
I-797C
Other Documents issued by the Federal/State/Municipal Government
Refugee Address Verification Affidavit (DS-20) – a second document for verification of residency is not required with this document
Georgia Department of Corrections Residency Verification Form (DS-752) – a second document for verification of residency is not required with this document
Georgia or Federal Income Tax Return or Refund Check issued within the last two (2) years.
Correspondence from DDS
Current, valid rental contract/agreement and/or rent payment receipts issued within the last two (2) years (includes rental agreement/leases for a home, apartment, mobile home, dorm, extended stay motel, retirement/assisted living home, and letter from a shelter)
Any postmarked mail showing your name and delivered by the U.S. Post Office to your current address within the last two (2) years (includes marketing materials, personal letters, periodicals and magazines where your name, residential address and evidence that postage was paid to the U.S. Post Office within the last two (2) years to deliver).
Mail forwarded to your new address by the U.S. Post Office displaying the yellow re-routing sticker.

Other Required Issuance Documents (Based on your selection criteria):
Transfer of Out-of-State DL/ID
Previously issued DL/ID or a Certified MVR
Commercial Driver's License
CDL Application
Medical Certification, if required for self-certification code
TSA Background Check for Hazardous Materials Endorsement, if applicable
Additional information for Commercial Driver's License is located on our website by using this link www.dds.ga.gov/Commercial/
Teen Driver
ADAP Certificate
Georgia DDS Certificate of Attendance form notarized from your school (valid 30 days; during the summer vacation this form is valid from May until August or until school starts)
Valid Learner's License
Certificate from approved Driver's Education School or the certificate from an approved online program and / or the completed Parent guide that fulfills the on-the-road requirement
Signed Affidavit by Parent/Guardian [40 hours on-the-road driving experience including 6 hours at night]; the parents will sign the Affidavit at the DDS so you do not have to bring this with you as it will be provided
Insurance Card and Registration for the vehicle you will use to take your driving test
Additional information for Teenage drivers is located on our website by using this link www.dds.ga.gov/teens/

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