Driver Services Commissioner Launches Economic Development Initiative

12/31/2013

Department of Driver Services (DDS) Commissioner Rob Mikell announced today that a new economic development initiative will be launched January 2, 2014 at DDS customer service centers statewide.  Passed during the last Legislative Session of the Georgia General Assembly, Senate Bill 122 enables issuance of a one-time 120-day extension for non-citizens who are waiting for updated paperwork from the Federal Government to remain lawfully in the United States. To obtain Georgia licenses and ID Cards all applicants must prove lawful presence or U.S. Citizenship.

Senator Hunter Hill (R-Smyrna) sponsored the legislation which was championed by Governor Nathan Deal to support international companies with Georgia operations in growing their businesses to promote job creation.  It also is an important incentive to attracting new foreign businesses to our State.

“This additional customer service enhancement should be a welcome benefit to many applicants including students, business partners and their families,” said Commissioner Mikell.  Prior to this initiative, customers who were waiting for an extension for time to remain lawfully in Georgia from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) would not be eligible to renew their license or ID. 

For this extension, non-citizen customers must meet the following requirements:

  • The customer must be an existing DDS customer with a Georgia driver’s license, ID Card or Permit
  • The card that the customer is applying for must have expired or must be expiring within thirty (30) days
  • The customer must provide proof (Form I-797C from DHS) of having requested an extension for time to remain lawfully within the United States

Before Visiting the DDS

All customers are urged to plan ahead before visiting the DDS to renew or obtain a license or ID Card. Customers may print a detailed list of all mandatory requirements to prove identity, residency and social security number at www.dds.ga.gov.   Customers may also create an individual Document Checklist tailored to their particular service.