Getting a drivers license in Georgia for the first time? Moving to the Peach State and looking to transfer your credentials? These and other tasks are completed at the Department of Driver Services (DDS), Georgia’s official motor vehicle department. Browse through the following list of common questions and answers for more information about important vehicle services.
How do I get a drivers license if I’m a Georgia resident?
Georgia residents can get a drivers license for the first time after holding an instructional permit for at least one year. This credential allows new drivers to practice getting behind the wheel. Then, they may apply for a license by visiting a Georgia DDS office location, completing an application, passing a knowledge and road skills test and undergoing a vision screening. They must be at least 16 years of age to apply for a provisional license.
How do I get a drivers license in Georgia if I’m moving from another state?
As a new Georgia resident, you must transfer your valid out-of-state license within 30 days of moving. Drivers license services are completed at DDS locations throughout the state. To transfer your license, you must meet the following conditions:
- Be at least 18 years of age.
- Surrender your out-of-state license to the DDS.
- If you do not have your out-of-state license, you must take a written exam and road test before receiving a Georgia license.
- Submit original documents proving your identity, residential address, Social Security number and U.S. citizenship status.
How do I perform a Georgia drivers license renewal?
Most motorists must renew their license every 8 years. Renewals are available up to 150 days prior to the date of expiration listed on the license. Even if the license expires, drivers may still renew it with the DDS if it has not been expired for more than two years. Drivers may renew their license online, in person or by mail. If renewing in person, check the DDS hours of your local office to ensure the branch is open.
Note: only those whose license displays a gold star in the top right corner may qualify for online renewals. This logo indicates the credential meets the REAL ID requirements for identification purposes.
How do I replace a lost, stolen or damaged license in Georgia?
The Department of Driver Services requires you to replace your license if you lose, misplace or damage it. If your credential is set to expire within 150 days, you must pay the renewal fee; if it remains valid for more than 150 days, you can replace it for a $5 fee. You can choose to replace your license online, using the mobile app or in person at an office location. You must provide one of the following documents:
- Proof of legal presence:
- S. birth certificate
- Consular Report of Birth Abroad
- Certificate of Naturalization or Citizenship form
- Valid Permanent Resident card
- Expired Georgia driver’s license, permit or state ID card
If you do not have one of the documents listed above, you must bring two of the following documents:
- Social Security card
- Marriage license
- W-2 from the previous year
- Auto, home, life or health insurance policy card
- Voter registration card
- Valid GA gun permit
How do I get new Georgia car registration?
A car title in Georgia indicates the name and address of the current owner. It also contains important information about the vehicle, like the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN), make, model and year of manufacture. The original title of any vehicle can be transferred and changed whenever the car changes hands. The tag office is part of the Department of Revenue’s Motor Vehicle Division. Drivers must apply for new plate registration and a new title in person at one of these offices in their county of residence.
When should I register and title my vehicle in Georgia?
You have seven days from the date of purchasing a new car to apply for registration. Car registration must also be changed any time you move from one county to another. You have 30 days from your moving date to transfer your registration to your new county of residence.
How do I transfer my car title and registration if I’m moving to Georgia from another state?
As a new resident, you have 30 days to apply for or transfer your vehicle title and registration. Before you can register/title your car, you must transfer your drivers license to Georgia at a DDS branch in the county to which you are moving. You must appear in person at the county tag office with the following documents to transfer or apply for a title and/or registration:
- Valid Georgia driver’s license
- Completed application
- Proof of vehicle ownership
- Proof of insurance
Do I need Georgia car insurance?
Yes. All Georgia drivers are required to have the minimum liability insurance to legally drive within the state, which is:
- Bodily Injury Liability: $25,000 per person/$50,000 per accident
- Property Damage Liability: $25,000 per accident
You can choose to add other types of optional coverage onto your auto Atlanta insurance policy, such as collision, comprehensive, medical and rental car coverage.
Note: while collision and comprehensive coverage may not be required by the state, you must purchase these policies if you are leasing or loaning a vehicle from a financial institution.
What are the car insurance rates in Georgia?
Auto insurance policies in Georgia vary by driver. Most companies require you to provide several pieces of information before providing you with an insurance quote. This includes the following:
- Your age
- Your gender
- Your complete driver history
- Your automotive insurance claim history
- Your credit history
Typically, drivers who have been involved in car accidents pay more for monthly insurance. There are also certain types of drivers (i.e. teens) who must pay more for insurance because of the statistical likelihood of accidents or damages.
Are there penalties for driving without insurance?
Yes. You will not be authorized to perform a car registration renewal, transfer or apply for a new title. Your license will be suspended if you fail to comply with the DDS’ notice to renew your insurance policy. You will be required to pay a $200 reinstatement fee, or $300 for your second offense, after purchasing the minimum liability coverage.