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    GA Identification Cards

    Whether or not you’re licensed to drive in Georgia, you may use a GA state ID card as identification to prove your identity, age, or address. The Georgia Department of Driver Services (DDS) offers the following types of GA identification cards:

    • State ID card.
    • Veteran ID card.
    • Honorary veteran ID card.
    • Voter ID card.
    • Handicap ID card.
    • Indigent ID card.

    Georgia ID Card Eligibility Requirements

    To comply with the Federal Real ID Act of 2005, the GA Department of Driver Services (DDS) provides identification (ID) cards called the “Secure ID” to all Georgia residents who are able to sign their legal signature. All Georgia residents must meet all of the new Secure ID requirements while applying, renewing or replacing their GA-state ID cards.

    If you need to renew, replace or update your regular Georgia ID card, you are required to provide additional identification documents to apply for your GA-state Secure ID card.

    There is NO minimum age requirement to apply for a Georgia Secure ID card.

    If you hold a current out-of-state driver’s license, permit, or ID card, you must surrender it when you apply for a Georgia ID card.

    If you need information on how to apply for a Georgia driver’s license, read the following pages:

    Apply for a Georgia ID Card

    You must visit a GA DDS branch office in person to apply for your Georgia ID card. You cannot apply for a GA state ID card online, by mail, or by phone.

    The DDS does NOT take appointments for Georgia ID card applications. Instead, you should plan to visit during the suggested times.

    IMPORTANT: Read the “Additional Requirements” section below for more information about each type of Georgia ID card.

    To apply for your GA state ID card, you will need:

    • Proof of your identity, such as:
      • Valid U.S. passport.
      • U.S. birth certificate (issued by the Office of Vital Statistics or equivalent).
      • Certificate of Birth Naturalization (N-550/N-570) issued by the DHS.
    • Proof of your Georgia residency (2 documents), such as:
      • Utility bill issued within the last 2 years.
      • Financial statement (bank, credit card, etc.).
      • Current rental agreement.
      • NOTE: If you’re a dependent and cannot prove residency, the GA DDS will also accept:
        • A valid GA-state driver’s license, permit, or ID card issued to your parent, guardian, spouse, or child.
        • Your State or Federal income tax return for the current or preceding year (it must list you as a dependent).
        • School transcript with your residence shown.
    • Proof of your Social Security number (1 document), such as:
      • Your Social Security card (original or copy).
      • W-2 form.
      • SSN denial/refusal letter, if you don’t have a SSN.
    • Payment for your ID card fee. See the “GA Identification Card Fees” section below for specific fees and accepted payment methods.

    For more information and a complete list of accepted identification documents, visit the Georgia DDS website. You may also create a custom Secure ID document checklist.

    Non-U.S. Citizens: If you’re a non-U.S. citizen, please refer to the “Non-U.S. Citizen” section below for additional information.

    Additional Requirements for Specific ID Cards

    There are additional requirements to the above if you are applying for a:

    • Veteran ID card.
    • Honorary veteran ID card.
    • Voter ID card.
    • Handicap ID card.
    • Indigent ID card.

    Veteran ID Card

    To apply for your free GA veteran ID card, you must also have:

    • Received an honorable discharge from active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces OR have at least 20 years of service in the U.S. National Guard.
      • You will need to show a certified copy of your discharge papers.
    • Been a Georgia resident for at least the past 2 years OR at the time of your enlistment.
    • Your Certificate of Eligibility (DS-516) obtained from the Georgia Department of Veterans Services.

    NOTE: If you’re over 59 years old, you must renew your GA ID card every 5 years.

    More information for military, veteran, and National Guard service members can be found on the GA DDS website.

    Honorary Veteran ID Card

    To be eligible for a GA honorary veteran ID card, you must:

    • Be a spouse of a disabled veteran (honorably discharged) of the U.S. Armed Forces OR the unmarried surviving spouse of a deceased veteran (honorably discharged).
    • Have been a Georgia resident for at least the past 2 consecutive years OR at the time of your spouse’s enlistment.
    • Provide the original Certificate of Eligibility (DS-516) at the same time you present your spouse's Armed Forces Separation Papers (DD-214).
    • NOTE: If you’re an unmarried surviving spouse, you must provide the death certificate to the Department of Veterans Services to receive the Certificate of Eligibility (DS-516).

    Voter ID Card

    To apply for your FREE Georgia voter ID card (for voting only), you must:

    • Be at least 18 years old.
    • Be registered to vote in Georgia OR register to vote when you apply for your GA state voter ID card.
      • The GA DDS will require proof of voter registration.
    • Not have any other valid form of identification accepted at voting polls.
    • Not possess a valid Georgia driver's license or ID card.
    • Provide the original Certificate of Eligibility (DDS-579) from the GA DDS.

    The Georgia DDS will send your application to the correct county registrar's office that will process and then issue your voter registration card.

    If you do not receive a response by mail within 3 to 6 weeks, you may contact your county registrar’s office OR the Elections Division of the Georgia Secretary of State at (404) 656-2871 or (888) 265-1115 (toll-free).

    If you have moved, you must submit a new application to update your voter registration. For more information on voter registration in Georgia, visit our Voter Registration in Georgia page.

    Handicap ID Card

    To apply for your Georgia handicap ID card, you must have:

    • A permanent/temporary disability or serious medical condition.
    • A verification from your doctor on your Certificate of Eligibility (DDS-29).
      • You must present this document unless your disability is readily apparent.

    NOTES:

    1. You can select medical conditions in section III of the DDS-29 to appear on your GA-state ID card.
    2. If you live in an assisted care facility and do not have 2 documents that show residency, the GA DDS will accept a letter with the official letterhead of your medical or assisted-care facility that includes your:
      • Name.
      • Date of birth.
      • The mailing address of your facility.
      • The name and contact information of an official facility representative.

    The GA DDS will issue you a Georgia ID card with a special disability symbol, medical information, and/or seating and transportation indicators.

    Non-U.S. Citizens

    If you’re a non-U.S. citizen, the GA DDS will apply a $20 fee to your application if:

    • Your immigration documents have an expiration date. You will be issued a GA state ID card with an identical expiration to your immigration documents up to 5 years.
    • You’re a lawful permanent resident, recipient of asylum, or refugee and your immigration documents do NOT have expiration dates. The GA DDS will issue you a Georgia ID card valid for 5 years.
    • Your immigration documents do NOT have an expiration date and you’re NOT a lawful permanent resident, asylum recipient, or refugee. Your GA state ID card will be valid for 1 year only.

    You will need to show a letter of ineligibility if you do not have a Social Security number.

    For more information about non-citizen applications, please visit the GA DDS website.

    GA Identification Card Fees

    The fee/expiration for your Georgia ID card varies depending on the type of ID card. If you renew your Georgia ID card online, you will receive a $5 discount (free ID cards excluded).

    • State ID card:
      • 5 years – $20.
      • 8 years – $32.
    • Veteran ID card: 8 years – No fee.
    • Honorary veteran ID card: 8 years – No fee.
    • Voter ID card: 8 years – No fee.
    • Handicap ID card: 6 months (temporary) or 4 years – $5.
    • Indigent ID card: 5 years – Must present your state-approved Indigent Resource Provider voucher.If your Georgia ID card was lost or stolen, the GA DDS will charge you $5 for the duplicate.

    Georgia DDS customer service offices accept the following payment methods for transactions made in person:

    • Credit/debit cards (VISA, MasterCard, Discover, American Express).
    • Cash.
    • Money orders.
    • Personal checks.

    The GA DDS online services accepts payment by:

    • VISA.
    • MasterCard.
    • Discover.
    • American Express.

    Renew Your Georgia ID/Secure ID Card

    You may renew your Georgia ID card up to 150 days before it expires and no more than 2 years after expiration.

    You may be eligible to renew your GA ID card online, by mail, or in person at your local DDS office.

    If this is your first renewal or reinstatement of your Georgia Secure ID card, you must visit a DDS customer service center in person. You cannot renew a regular Georgia ID card online.

    Online Renewal

    To renew your Georgia ID card online, you must:

    • Have a Georgia Secure ID card.
    • Be a resident of Georgia.
    • Be a U.S. citizen.

    Visit the Georgia DDS License/Identification Card Renewal website and create an online customer account.

    Your new Georgia ID card will be mailed to the post office within 7 days. If your renewal includes a change of address, it may take 14-21 days to process.

    NOTE: If have an online customer account that was created before December 2010 OR you were required to enter a RIN to renew, you will need to create a new account.

    Renewal by Mail

    If you are a U.S. citizen and Georgia resident, you can renew your GA ID card by mail if you are either:

    • Attending an out-of-state school full time.
    • Working out of state (including your dependents).
    • A military member stationed out of state (including your dependents).
    • Physically debilitated and cannot visit the GA DDS in person.

    You will need:

    Send the above documents to the address specified on the application form.

    Your application will take approximately 10 days to process. The GA DDS recommends that you submit your renewal package at least 30 days before your GA ID card expires.

    In-Person Renewal

    If you do not hold a Georgia Secure ID card, you must renew in person at your local GA DDS office.

    You will need:

    • Your Georgia ID card.
    • Proof of your:
      • Identity.
      • GA residency.
      • Social Security number.
      • U.S. citizenship or lawful U.S. presence.
        • For more information, read the “Apply for a Georgia ID Card” section above.
    • Payment. See the “GA Identification Card Fees” section above for specific fees and payment methods.

    You will be issued an interim Georgia ID card while your permanent GA Secure ID card is processed.

    If you recently changed your name, read the “Change Your Name and Address” section below.

    Replace Your Georgia ID Card

    If your Georgia ID card is lost, stolen, damaged/destroyed, or you need to change your information, you will need to apply for a duplicate. The GA DDS charges $5 for replacement cards.

    You can apply for a replacement Georgia ID card online or in person at your local GA driver’s license office. You cannot apply by mail or phone.

    For information on how to replace a lost GA driver’s license, visit our Replacing a Lost License in Georgia page.

    Online Replacement

    You can replace your Georgia ID card online if you:

    • Hold a regular Georgia ID card, not a Secure ID card.
    • Are a resident of Georgia.
    • Are a U.S. citizen.
    • Have not replaced your license more than 3 times in the past year.

    Visit the Georgia DDS Lost License Replacement website and create an online customer account.

    The GA DDS send your replacement Georgia ID card to the post office within 7 days.

    In-Person Replacement

    To replace your Georgia ID card in person, visit your local Georgia DDS driver’s license office and bring:

    • Proof of your identity (must be originals) using either:
      • 1 document from Category A, such as:
        • U.S. birth certificate.
        • Military ID card.
        • Current foreign passport with a valid I-94 card.
      • 2 documents from Category B, such as:
        • Social Security card.
        • Marriage certificate (certified copy).
        • Income tax return (previous year).
      • For a complete list of acceptable identification documents, please visit the GA DDS website.
    • Payment. See the “GA Identification Card Fees” section above for specific fees and accepted payment methods.

    NOTE: If you are replacing your GA indigent ID card, you may need to present another voucher from your Indigent Resource Provider.

    Name or Address Change

    The GA DDS allows one FREE name or address change on your Georgia ID card. You must complete the application 150 days before your GA state ID card expires to be eligible.

    Change Your Name

    You must notify the Georgia DDS of your name change within 60 days by visiting your local GA DDS office in person. You cannot change your name online or by mail.

    You must bring:

    • Certified legal documents verifying your name change(s), such as:
      • Marriage certificate.
      • Divorce decree.
      • Adoption papers.
      • Legal name change documents.
    • Payment (if applicable). For specific fee information and payment methods, see the “GA Identification Card Fees” section above.

    NOTES:

    1. The Georgia DDS does not accept same-sex marriage certificates for name changes.
    2. If you were married on or after November 1, 1982 and would like to hyphenate a surname and a married name, you must present a marriage license application (certified copy) that reflects the hyphenation.

    For more information, read our Changing Your Name in Georgia page.

    Change Your Address

    You must notify the GA DDS of your new address within 60 days of your move.

    You can change your address either in person at a local GA DDS office or during your online Georgia ID card renewal application.

    To change your GA address in person, you must provide 2 documents (or 1 document only if you have a GA Secure ID card) proving your residential address, such as:

    • Recent utility bill.
    • Bank statement.
    • School record or transcript.

    You will also need payment for your replacement Georgia ID card, if applicable. See the “GA Identification Card Fees” section above for fees and payment methods.

    For more information, read our Changing Your Address in Georgia page.

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