Identification Cards in Georgia
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Georgia residents who don't have a driver's license but need identification can apply for a non-driving ID. Anyone, regardless of age, can apply with the Department of Driver Services as long as you can provide a signature.
An identification card is good to have for a variety of reasons. Suppose your driver's license has been suspended or revoked, or you simply don't have one. You need some type of picture ID to cash checks or use credit and debit cards, buy liquor or cigarettes, obtain a passport, and even see some movies. Minors may need ID for school functions or extracurricular activities. It is also a good idea to have ID in case of emergency.
If you don't have a Georgia driver's license, consider getting an ID card.
You must apply in person at a driver's license customer service center. The cost for an ID card is the same as for renewing a driver's license:
- $20 for five years
- $32 for eight years
To apply for an ID card, you must prove your Georgia residence by providing at least one of the following:
- Utility bill in your name with a Georgia residence listed
- Bank statement in your name with a Georgia residence listed
- Employer verification (pay stub and W-2 are two examples)
- Georgia driver's license issued to your parent, guardian, or spouse
You are required to surrender all previous driver's licenses, ID cards, and learner's permits at the time of application for the ID. If they are not in your possession, you must provide a certified copy of a motor vehicle report or a status letter from your previous state. You may keep your ID if and when your license is reinstated.
You will also need to provide proof of identity by presenting one or more of the following documents:
- Certified original or certified copy of birth certificate
- Social Security card
- Certificate of birth registration
- Certified copy of court records for name changes, adoptions, or sex changes
- Certified naturalization papers
- Immigration ID card
- Valid passport
As of July 2012, the Department of Driver Services (DDS) will begin issuing Secure ID identification cards in compliance with the Real ID Act. If you're renewing for the first time you must must visit your local DDS office with:
- Proof of identity
- Social Security number
- Change of name documents, if applicable
- Proper payment to cover renewal fee.
Renewing online will knock off $5 from your renewal cost ($15 for five-year, $27 for eight-year). You'll need a valid credit card (Visa, American Express, Discover, MasterCard) to pay online.
To replace your card, head to a driver's license center with either one primary identification document, such as your birth certificate or a valid passport, or two items from the following list:
- Current insurance policy
- Current registration
- Income tax return
- Marriage license
- Social Security card
- Voter registration card
It costs $20 to replace a five-year ID card, and $32 for an eight-year card.
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