How to Transfer an out-of-State Driver's License to Georgia

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If you've just moved to the Atlanta area (or anywhere in Georgia), you're in for some exciting discoveries about your new city. But before you’re able to start exploring the city's attractions and neighborhoods, there’s some business you'll need to take care of with the Georgia DMV.

As a new Georgia resident, one of the first things to do is apply for a Georgia driver’s license and register your vehicle. You need to take care of that within 30 days of moving. Knowing how to transfer your current driver's license will make the process as simple and painless as possible.

Type of License to Transfer

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 and road tests, but you will need to pass the vision exam.

If you have lost your license or it has been expired for two years or more, you will need an original letter of clearance or certified driving record from your previous state of residence. The letter must have been dated within 30 days. You will also have to pass the written, road and vision tests. Prepare for the road test by reviewing the driver’s manual online or by visiting your local Department of Driver Services customer service center for a hard 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.

Necessary Documents 

To make sure you have the proper documents, you can use the Department of Driver Services checklist of accepted identification documents. Here's a summary:

  • 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 as well

Pre-Application Online

You can get a head start on the process by filling out online forms. Then just visit a DDS Customer Service Center within 30 days with your Secure ID documentation to complete your transaction.

Visit a DDS Customer Service Center 

When you visit a Department of Driver Services location, bring the required documents, along with payment for your new license. 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. If you will have to take the road test, consider making an appointment at the office to reduce your wait time.

Renew Your License

You can renew your license within 150 days of its expiration date. Because you transferred your license after the implementation of secure ID renewal requirements, you will be able to renew your license online. 

Gender Change Request

To request a gender update on your license you must submit a court order or physician's letter certifying gender change. This must include your name, date of birth, date of gender reassignment operation and other identifying information. 

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