How to Obtain a Georgia Driver’s License

Applying for a New Adult Driver’s License in Georgia

To obtain a Georgia drivers license, you will need to go to a Georgia Department of Driver Services (DDS) office.  Find locations at Georgia DMV’s wesbite.  Depending on your previous driving experience, you may have to take a written permit test, a driving test, or both.

New Georgia Residents

You have 30 days to transfer your out-of-state license to a new Georgia driver’s license when you become a resident.

To exchange your out-of-state driver’s license, you must:

  • Be 18 years old or older.
  • Have a driver’s license (valid or expired less than 2 years) from a U.S. state or Washington, D.C.
    • If you do not have your driver’s license with you, you can submit a clearance letter or certified driving record dated within the last 30 days.

You can exchange your license in person at a GA DDS office. You will need:

  • Your current driver’s license (or a clearance letter or certified driving record if you do not have it).
  • 1 document proving your identification, such as your:
    • U.S. passport (valid, or expired for less than 10 years).
    • U.S. birth certificate (original or certified copy).
  • 1 document to verify your Social Security number (SSN), such as your:
    • Social Security card.
    • W-2 with your name and at least part of your SSN.
  • 2 documents to prove your Georgia residency, such as:
    • A utility bill dated within the last 2 years.
    • A financial statement dated within the last 2 years. (bank, loan, credit card, credit union or investment statements)
  • Payment for the driver’s license fee: $32 for 8 years.
  • To pass a vision exam.

See the Georgia DDS website for a complete list of accepted documents proving your identity, Social Security, and GA residency.

NOTE: If your out-of-state driver’s license has been expired for more than 2 years OR it’s from a U.S. territory, you will need to follow the new driver’s license application steps listed in “Applying for a GA Driver’s License” below.

Georgia Driver’s License Eligibility Requirements

If you are at least 18 years old, you do not need a learner’s permit before applying for your full Georgia driver’s license, unless you want to practice driving before your driving test. See Driver’s Permits in Georgia page for more information.

If you are under 18 years old, see Applying for a New License (Teen Drivers) in Georgia page.

Apply for a New Georgia Driver’s License

You can apply for a driver’s license in person at a Georgia DDS office. You will need:

  • 1 document proving your identity, such as your:
    • Valid U.S. passport (or expired for less than 10 years).
    • Original or certified U.S. birth certificate.
  • 1 document to verify your SSN, such as:
    • Your Social Security card.
    • A W-2 with your name and at least part of your SSN.
  • 2 documents to prove your Georgia residency, such as a:
    • A utility bill dated within the last 2 years.
    • A financial statement dated within the last 2 years.
  • Payment for the driver’s license fee: $32 for 8 years.
  • To pass a:
    • Vision exam.
    • Written permit test.
    • Driving skills test.
  • To have your photo taken.

For more information on obtaining  license in the state of Georgia, visit Georgia’s DMV website here: