Renewal by mail is offered for certain groups of individuals who must be away from the State of Georgia at the time renewal of their license is required. Supporting documentation, a completed application and payment of fee (if required) must be submitted to verify that the applicant is eligible to renew in this manner. This service is available to the following groups:
This service is subject to the following restrictions:
Customers who choose to renew their license in this manner will not receive a Secure DL/ID. To download the application package and complete instructions, please visit our website at www.dds.ga.gov.
No licenses or identification cards may be issued in Georgia with a Social Security Number as the document number. If your license, permit or identification card number is identical to your Social Security Number, a randomly generated document number will be assigned to your document during the issuance/renewal process. Once your number has changed, you will need to ensure that any companies or entities using your driver’s license, permit, or identification card number for tracking or verification purposes, such as insurance companies, are aware of this change.
Customers may apply for a replacement driver’s license and/or ID card at a local DDS Customer Service Center or online. If you choose to apply online, you will go through an authentication process in order to verify identity. If you wish to apply at a DDS Customer Service Center, you will be required to show proof of identity. The fee online and at a DDS Customer Service Center is $5.00. The following documents will be acceptable proof of identity for a replacement Georgia driver’s license, permit or identification card:
ONE of these documents:
or TWO of these documents (only if replacing license, permit, or ID card):
If your license was stolen and you wish to change the number on your replacement Georgia driver’s license, permit or identification card, you will be required to present a police report indicating that the license was stolen unless your license number and your Social Security Number are the same. If the two numbers are the same, no police report is required.
MVRs are available in 3-year, 7-year, or lifetime formats. A 3 year report is $6.00; a 7 year report is $8.00. A lifetime report is $8.00. Individuals may obtain a copy of their MVR in any of the following ways:
A non-certified copy of your Motor Vehicle Report (MVR) can be downloaded by using our internet service. Please visit www.dds.ga.gov for further details. You will be required to create an account if you have not already done so.
A certified copy of your Motor Vehicle Report (MVR) can be purchased in person at any DDS Customer Service Center. Proper identification will be required.
If obtaining a motor vehicle report other than your own, the following is required:
You can obtain a certified copy of your MVR by submitting the Request for MVR form (DDS-18) OR a letter requesting either a 3-year, 7-year, or lifetime MVR, including the following:
Requests may be mailed to: Georgia Department of Driver Services, MVR Request, Post Office Box 80447, Conyers, Georgia 30013. When requesting a MVR, please include a money order, cashier’s check, or personal check made payable to the Department of Driver Services in the amount of $6.00 for a 3-year or $8.00 for a 7-year or lifetime MVR.
At the time of any license or identification card transaction, DDS is required to ask males age 18 whether they have registered with the U.S. Selective Service System and to report the responses to the U.S. Selective Service System.
When you obtain your driver’s license, permit, or ID, you will have the opportunity to make a voluntary donation of $1 to Georgia’s Blindness Education, Screening, and Treatment Program, which is administered by the Georgia Department of Public Health. Donations currently fund vision programs which provide screenings to save children’s vision, eye exams for needy adults, training for people who have lost vision, and public education about eye donation. Your voluntary donation will be added to the total cost of your service.
Thank you for your interest in saving lives as an organ, tissue and eye donor. The Donate Life Georgia Organ, Tissue and Eye Donor Registry was created in 2008 to allow Georgians an easy and user-friendly means of joining the state’s donor registry. Georgians can join the registry through the web site at www.donatelifegeorgia.org, when renewing their driver license or ID online, or when obtaining/renewing their license or ID at a local DDS office. You can also join the Donor Registry by calling Donate Life Georgia directly at 1-866-57-SHARE (1-866-577-4273) and requesting a donor registry form.
Other things to remember:
More information concerning organ and tissue donation can be found at www.organdonor.gov.
Customers who are U.S. citizens at least 17½ years old will have an opportunity to apply for voter registration during any license or identification card transaction. When this option is selected, the application is submitted to the voter registration office in the customer’s county of residence.
Important points regarding voter registration through DDS:
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