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How to Apply for a Georgia Identification Card

The Georgia Department of Driver Services (DDS) issues non-driver identification cards to State residents who don't have a valid ID card, driver license or instruction permit from the State or any other jurisdiction, or have a suspended or revoked license. The ID card can be used to prove your identity, age, and residence in a variety of situations. The identification card is valid for five years or ten years, depending on the fees you have paid, and expires on your birthday eight years after it was issued.

APPLYING FOR A GEORGIA ID CARD

  1. Locate the Office of Motor Vehicles nearest you, as you will have to apply for the ID card in person. You cannot apply online.
  2. Veterans have a separate form to fill. Bring proper documentation to prove your identity, residency, and citizenship.
  3. You must also provide proof of your social security number (SSN). It is not necessary to have your card at the time of application, but incorrect number should not be provided. If you have never been issued a SSN, you may be required to obtain one, or else sign a Statement of Not Eligible for Social Security Number form.
  4. Pay the ID card application fee, currently $20 for a card valid for 5 years and $35 for a card valid for ten years.
  5. You must also surrender any valid driver license or instruction permit issued by the state of Georgia or any other jurisdiction.
  6. You can apply for an ID card when your license is revoked or suspended. On restoration of the license, it is not necessary to submit your ID card.
  7. Non-resident citizens have a slightly different set of eligibilities.
  8. Non-US citizens must provide proof of their citizenship. The documents may either be in English or be translated by a DDS-approved translator into English.
  9. A Georgia citizen over 18 can also apply for a free ID card for voting purposes if he has no other proof of identity to vote.

RENEWING A GEORGIA ID CARD

  1. Locate the Office of Motor Vehicles nearest you, as you will have to apply for the ID card in person. You cannot apply online. You will receive a notification before your ID card expires.
  2. Bring proper documentation to prove your identity, residency, and citizenship.
  3. You must also provide proof of your social security number (SSN). It is not necessary to have your card at the time of application, but incorrect number should not be provided. If you have never been issued a SSN, you may be required to obtain one, or else sign a Statement of Not Eligible for Social Security Number form.
  4. Pay the ID card application fee, currently $20 for a card valid for 5 years and $35 for a card valid for ten years.

REPLACING A LOST, STOLEN, OR DESTROYED ID CARD

You may be issued a replacement identification card if your original ID card has been lost, stolen or destroyed, or if you have had a name or address change.
  1. Locate the Office of Motor Vehicles nearest you, as you will have to apply for the ID card in person. You cannot apply online.
  2. Bring proper documentation to prove your identity, residency, and citizenship.
  3. In case of name or address change, if the new card to be issued would carry the same expiry date, no fee is applicable. If the new card would have a different expiry date, it is considered a case of renewal, and fees would be applicable as for a renewal.
  4. You must also provide proof of your social security number (SSN). It is not necessary to have your card at the time of application, but incorrect number should not be provided. If you have never been issued a SSN, you may be required to obtain one, or else sign a Statement of Not Eligible for Social Security Number form.
  5. Pay the ID card application fee, currently $20 for a card valid for 5 years and $35 for a card valid for ten years.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

  • Former State residents moving back to Georgia may be eligible to apply for a renewal or replacement ID card, depending on the validity of their original identification card. Those whose Georgia ID cards expired more than one year ago must apply for an original ID card.
  • See also Applying for a New License.
  • See also Change of Address.
 

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