Congratulations on making the move to Atlanta. Before you’re able to catch up on the culture and happenings of your new home (our newcomer’s guide is a great resource), there’s a bit of housekeeping to be done.
Most importantly, after becoming a Georgia resident, you must apply for a Georgia driver’s license within 30 days. We know moving can be stressful, so we’ve created an outline to make transferring your driver’s license as simple as possible.
1. Determine the type of license you will be transferring.
- If you have a valid, out-of-state driver’s license or a license that’s been expired less than two years, you are exempt from the written test and road test, but you will need to pass the vision exam.
- If you have a lost or expired out-of-state driver’s license, you will need an original letter of clearance or certified driving record from your old state. The letter must have been dated within 30 days. You will also have to pass the written, road and vision tests. You can prepare for the road test by reviewing the digital copy of the driver’s manual or by visiting your local Department of Driver Services customer service center for a physical copy.
- If you have a learner’s permit, you will have to surrender your out-of-state permit and pass all of the current licensing requirements for the state of Georgia.
2. Complete and compile the necessary documents to bring with you to the DMV. To make sure you have the proper documents, you can use the Department of Driver Services checklist of accepted identification documents.
We’ve also created a list of what you’ll need:
- Your current driver’s license, if you have one.
- Proof of identity, such as a birth certificate or passport.
- Your social security card.
- Two documents showing your residential address, including a utility bill or bank statement.
- If you’ve changed your name after marriage, you’ll need to bring your marriage license.
- Payment. The fees for getting a new license vary, depending on the class and duration of your license. DDS customer service centers accept credit and debit cards, along with cash, money orders and checks.
3. Visit your local DDS customer service center. When you visit your local Department of Driver Services location, bring the documents outlined in step two, including payment for your new license. If you are will have to take the road test, consider making an appointment at the office to reduce your wait time.
4. Renew your license. You can renew your license within 150 days of its expiration date. Because you transferred your license after the implementation of the "secure ID renewal requirements," you will be able to renew your license online. Visit the Department of Driver Services website for more information on the renewal process.