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License Information for New Georgia Residents

Georgia law requires an individual to apply for a Georgia driver’s license if they have resided in the state for more than 30 days. Although it is sometimes difficult for law enforcement to prove, it’s crucial to obey the law to avoid unnecessary stops. The process of transferring your license from out-of-state to Georgia is relatively simple. If you have a valid driver’s license or a license that expired less than two years ago, you can go to a local Department of Driver Services (DDS) location to receive a Georgia license. You will be asked to surrender your current license and provide proof of residency, identity, and citizenship.

If your license has been expired for less than 2 years, in addition to the information noted above you will need to take the vision exam at your local DDS.  If your license is expired for more than 2 years, you will also be required to take the written, road and vision exams. If you have lost or misplaced your out-of-state license, you will need to present an original letter of clearance or certified driving record from the issuing state at the time of application.

It’s important to note an expired or invalid license is not the same as a suspended license. Getting caught with an expired license is a lesser offense than driving with a suspended license, although law enforcement can tow your car if they decide to.  Driving on a suspended license can get you arrested and your car impounded.

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The above information is intended to help educate members of the Georgia motoring public as to their rights under the law and to assist presumptively innocent citizens in properly asserting those rights. Information within this site should not be misconstrued as legal advice.