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How to Renew a Driver's License in Georgia

Georgia Drivers License Renewal

Renewing drivers licenses in Georgia is a task that must be carried out by drivers in order for them to maintain their driving credentials with the state. GA DDS license renewals are available via three different methods: by mail, online or in person. In order to apply for drivers license renewals remotely with the Department of Drivers Services, residents must meet certain qualifications that are outlined in the sections below. For more information on how to renew drivers licenses in Georgia, continue reading.

How to Renew Your GA Driver's License



Renew Georgia Drivers License

Note: To find out your driver's license expiration date, locate it on the front of your card. Your driver's license expiration date is also your date of birth.


Residents can renew their drivers licenses in GA in one of three ways: online, in-person or by mail. Online drivers license renewal applicants and by-mail applicants must meet a certain set of criteria to be eligible to get their credentials outside of a DDS location. Generally, GA DDS license renewal applicants will need to complete a drivers license application form and provide original copies of the following types of documents:

  • Proof of identity.
  • Proof of residential address.
  • Full Social Security Number.
  • Proof of legal presence in the United States.

Fees

Georgia drivers license renewal fees are the same as the cost of obtaining an initial driving license. The price is $32 to renew GA driving licenses in person or by mail. Online drivers license renewal applicants receive a $5 discount off of their renewal fee for utilizing the GA Department of Driver Services website. To apply for the drivers license renewal fee discount, a driver must meet the online application requirements.

When to Renew Your Georgia Driver's License

Residents can apply for a GA DDS license renewal up to 150 days prior to the expiration date. Drivers can also renew expired drivers licenses up to two years following the date of expiration.

Expired License

Residents have up to two years to renew expired drivers licenses in GA without penalty. After two years, applicants with an expired drivers license must re-take the DMV exam in order to regain their driving privileges. The exam involves passing a written road rules and signs test, vision screening and driving test. Renewing your drivers license following a long hiatus can be challenging. Be prepared to pass your Georgia driver's license exam by taking an online practice test.

Temporary Licenses

Georgia drivers license renewal applicants who apply in person will be issued temporary licenses to use until their permanent license arrives to their residential address by mail. Permanent driver's licenses usually arrive within 14 days of application. Upon receiving their permanent credentials, drivers must destroy their temporary or interim licenses to protect their information.

Requirements to Renew a Georgia License

To renew drivers licenses in Georgia, residents are required to present documents to qualify for a Secure ID. Drivers who are renewing their GA drivers license for the first time since the Secure ID guidelines were put in place will need to apply in person with the following information:

  • Proof of residential address.
  • Full Social Security Number.
  • Proof of legal presence in the United States.

Drivers qualify to renew their drivers license online if their current credential is a Secure ID compliant card - as designated with a gold and white star in the top right hand corner. To apply for a drivers license renewal by mail or online, drivers must meet a separate set of criteria as outlined in the sections below.

Renew a GA Suspended License

To renew drivers licenses in Georgia that have been suspended or revoked, drivers must first follow the steps to settle the terms of their reinstatement as determined by the GA Department of Driver Services. Motorists cannot renew their drivers licenses until their driving privileges have been restored. Drivers with suspended drivers licenses can instead apply for a ID card renewal either online or in person during their suspension period.

GA Drivers License Online Renewal

Motorists can renew drivers licenses online in Georgia through the GA DDS online services portal. Applicants wondering can you renew your license online in Georgia must answer yes to all of the requirements listed below in order to qualify for online drivers license renewal:

  • You currently hold a DDS-issued license that is Secure ID compliant.
  • You hold a non-commercial license that has not been expired for longer than two years.
  • Your driver's license is not suspended, revoked or cancelled.
  • You are younger than 65 years of age.
  • You are a Georgia resident.
  • You are a U.S. citizen.
  • You have a valid credit or debit card to furnish the online drivers license renewal fee.

Note: While drivers with a suspended license cannot renew their license online, they can apply via the DDS online services portal for the renewal of a limited permit or identification card.

Renewing Your GA Drivers License in Person

In-person drivers license renewal applicants must present the required documentation in order to process their transactions. The requirements to renew drivers Georgia licenses at a DDS location include:

  • Filling out a driver's license ID form.
  • Taking a new driver license photo.
  • Passing a vision exam if you are 64 years of age and older.
  • Presenting documents that show:
    • Proof of identity.
    • Proof of residential address.
    • Full social security number.
    • Proof of legal presence in the United States.

The Georgia DDS license renewal applicant will be issued a temporary license to use while their permanent card is prepared and mailed to their residential address on record with the DMV.

Non-U.S. Citizen

To renew drivers licenses in Georgia, non-U.S. citizens must appear in person at a GA DDS location with the appropriate forms of identification. State residents who are not citizens of the country are not permitted to utilize mail-in or online drivers license renewal options. Non-U.S. citizens applying for a renewed driving license must present documents proving identity, residential address, social security number and proof of their legal presence in the United States.

Mail-in Renewals

Georgia DMV license renewals by mail are available for certain residents temporarily located out of the state or for those physically incapable of visiting the DMV office. To renew your drivers license while you are out of state, you must fall into at least one of the following categories:

  • Residents stationed by the military out-of-state and their dependents.
  • Residents attending school out-of-state and their dependents.
  • Residents working out of state and their dependents.
  • Residents who are physically incapacitate and unable to make a trip to a DDS office.

Applicants renewing their drivers licenses while they are out of state must be U.S. citizens and submit a signed and notarized application form, along with the following forms:

  • Vision Form, if 60 years of age and older.
  • Signed letter or verification from the applicable organization, which can verify the resident's reason for applying for a driver's license renewal via mail.

Drivers License Extensions

Military members stationed out-of-state are granted a six-month grace period to utilize their expired drivers license that begins upon their return to Georgia. Service members are exempt from being cited for an expired drivers license during this time period. However, in which case they are cited, they must bring a copy of their official military orders or signed verification from their commanding officer along with the citation to a DDS customer service office. The service member will be issued a waiver.

Submitted by Disgusted on 6th Jun 2015

It's 2015 and GA DMV is still

It's 2015 and GA DMV is still not capable of sending out renewal forms! I see this complaint dates back to 2011.

I was discriminated against at the Cobb County office because I am white. The hatred that the almost ALL black staff have for white's is palpable in this office. They told us incorrectly what to bring and then they tacked additional items on after we returned, waited in line and went through the entire process. The one women didn't even look at my husbands documents and now he has the wrong address and also has to go back a 3rd time! Shame on your DMV officials for not doing something to stop the inefficienties, frustration and outright discrimination.

Submitted by tobydo025 on 5th Mar 2015

can you still renew lic on

can you still renew lic on line or do you have to go in to driver lic center

Submitted by kmeyers15 on 17th Nov 2014

I'm in the Military, my

I'm in the Military, my license expired when I was overseas and I haven't renewed it yet. Will I still be able to get a new license or renew it here in GA if my home of residency is in Wi?

Submitted by kmeyers15 on 17th Nov 2014

I'm in the Military, my

I'm in the Military, my license expired when I was overseas and I haven't renewed it yet. Will I still be able to get a new license or renew it here in GA if my home of residency is in Wi?

Submitted by ravi007kt on 19th Sep 2014

I am moved from Arizona to

I am moved from Arizona to Georgia recently and my Arizona driving license has expired. I am a non-immigrant worker on H1 Visa here. I got my Visa Extension reciept from USCIS. I need to transefer my driving license to Georgia and Extend it based on my Visa Extension receipt. Let me know if it can be done. As i have gone through some recent changes at DMV georgia rules and based on that my license can be renewed for next 120 days on providing visa extension reciept.

Submitted by awahid on 2nd Jun 2014

My driver's license expired 3

My driver's license expired 3 years ago because of living out of the US for work,Do I have to pass the driving test again

Submitted by Marilyn J. Foster on 29th Apr 2014

where do I need to go to

where do I need to go to apply for renewal of driver's license if I live in Douglasville? would the nearest place be in Carrollton,GA? If so, where is this location and what are the hours of operation when I can go renew my license?

Submitted by AmyG (not verified) on 8th Jan 2013

I am H1-B Visa holder and my

I am H1-B Visa holder and my Visa expires next month. My company applied H1-B visa extension and it is pending currently. Is my recipt notice sufficient to extend my drivers license?

Submitted by debby Dunn (not verified) on 20th Apr 2012

Where in ATL can my 80 year

Where in ATL can my 80 year old mom get her license renewed...other than Memorial Drive?

Submitted by GeorgiaJJB (not verified) on 11th Dec 2012

Where in Fayette County or

Where in Fayette County or Coweta County can our driving licenses be renewed

We live in Peachtree City

Joy / John Boyden

Submitted by Linda Bailey (not verified) on 15th Nov 2012

where can my 80 yr old mother

where can my 80 yr old mother which license has expire get them renew.been expired about 2mos.

Submitted by abuzarb (not verified) on 17th Apr 2012

Hello. I have been living

Hello. I have been living overseas for work and my license has expired in May 2011. Is there a way to renew my license online or my mail? Thank you.

Submitted by courtbpalmer (not verified) on 12th Mar 2012

I have a Intermediate

I have a Intermediate Restricted Driver's License for the state of Tennessee but I moved to Georgia over the summer and it's time for me to get the "real license" so how should I go about doing that?

Submitted by sandrabar69 (not verified) on 1st Mar 2012

How can I check on a renewed

How can I check on a renewed license that was never received in the mail, who can I contact

Submitted by danedean (not verified) on 4th Mar 2012

Never receiced my dr. license

Never receiced my dr. license in the mail

Submitted by Michele Dunn (not verified) on 9th Jan 2012

My license expired and I

My license expired and I didn't realize it in time. If I go to the center to renew in person, do I get my new license that day, or do I have to wait for it in the mail? I also want a new picture since I look very different and I have had people kind of question if it was me. Can I get a new one with a new picture that same day?

Submitted by lksullivan1 (not verified) on 20th Dec 2011

delete

delete

Submitted by Rangermom (not verified) on 12th Sep 2011

a 87 yo lady, but she has run

a 87 yo lady, but she has run a red light & know for pulling out in front of cars. She has let her license expire & has been driving! She has got lost many times. (I'm upset as I was hit by a bad driver & can no longer work, so I feel Senior's like this put all our lives in danger. She has 2 neighbor's that will drive her around) now since she let DL expire will she only have to take eye exame or test?

Submitted by jjmurray (not verified) on 6th Sep 2011

Can I renew my CDL license on

Can I renew my CDL license on line?

Submitted by garesider100 (not verified) on 4th Sep 2011

I am a federal employee who

I am a federal employee who works for the DoDEA and I was wondering if I can renew my GA drivers license online even though I reside temporarily in NC?

Submitted by jojoboings (not verified) on 18th Aug 2011

My license are suspended

My license are suspended now....I HAVE been to court and had everything taking care of ..... so what do I need to do now to get my license back

Submitted by copchuck (not verified) on 6th Jan 2012

I am former Richmond county

I am former Richmond county deputy. If you have been to court and complied with the courts orders they should have given you a paper that basically tells DMV that you may reinstate your license. You take that paper to your local DMV office and pay the cost for the license. DO NOT drive until you have that license in your pocket, that paper that the courts give you is nothing more than a "permission slip" for DMV to reinstate your license. Until you obtain that license and you get stopped you will be arrested for driving with a suspended license. Hope this helps have a safe day.

Submitted by Anonymous on 11th Apr 2011

My license expired today

My license expired today 4/11/2011. But for some reason the dmv is closed on a monday. will i be able to renew it tomorrow?

Submitted by Anonymous on 4th May 2011

Yes

Yes

Submitted by Anonymous on 31st Mar 2011

I am in the military

I am in the military stationed at Fort Bragg, NC, can I renew my GA drivers licence on line as I have 70+ days left.

Submitted by Anonymous on 11th Apr 2011

yes

yes

Submitted by Anonymous on 21st Mar 2011

I travelled to Africa and

I travelled to Africa and have been out of Georgia for for sometime and my license has expire passed my birthday. Please advice me as to how I go about in renewing my license.

Submitted by Anonymous on 16th Mar 2011

I was not able to find any

I was not able to find any information on how to renew a non-citizen driver license.

Submitted by Anonymous on 22nd Apr 2011

if a person is a non ctizen

if a person is a non ctizen are they reported when applying

Submitted by Anonymous on 9th May 2011

yes

yes

Submitted by Anonymous on 10th Mar 2011

Today is March 10th and my

Today is March 10th and my birthday is March 28th. I need to renew my driver's license and have not received a renewal notice in the mail. What's the best way to renew my driver's license before it expires this year?

Submitted by Anonymous on 9th Mar 2011

Today is March 9th, my

Today is March 9th, my license expires march 28, 2011. I have not received a renewal form. So I do not have a Rin number. How does one go about getting one to renew on line.

Submitted by Leo V. Cheeseman (not verified) on 28th May 2011

HOW DI i get a RIM?

HOW DI i get a RIM?

Submitted by Anonymous on 7th Mar 2011

I never received a renewal

I never received a renewal notice for my drivers license which expires on April 10 or this year. Today is March 7. Therefore I do not have a RIN # in order to renew online.

Submitted by anitamax (not verified) on 12th Sep 2011

My birthday is Oct. 31st, and

My birthday is Oct. 31st, and my driver's license expires this year. Today is Sept. 13. I have not yet received the for RIN form in order for me to renew online. What am I to do??

Submitted by raheemeddie (not verified) on 8th Feb 2009

i need see on the stat of

i need see on the stat of license and how i can get my license back

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