I've received a number of complaints this week from constituents who experienced long waits while attempting to renew their driver's licenses. According to news reports, it looks like this may be a problem for some time because the Georgia Department of Driver Services (DDS) enacted new requirements effective July 1, 2012. There should have been a better educational campaign about the changes as many Georgians were unaware of the new documentation requirements.
WHY THE NEW REQUIREMENTS?
The Real ID Act of 2005 is a Republican-sponsored law that sets federal standards for the issuance of state driver's licenses. Governor Nathan Deal, then a member of the House of Representatives, was one of the co-sponsors of this federal law and he also voted for its passage. The law was signed by President George W. Bush on May 11, 2005.
HOW DOES THIS AFFECT YOU?
There are new documentation standards for obtaining a Georgia driver's license or ID card and you must visit a Customer Service Center in person for your first issuance, first renewal, or reinstatement after July 1, 2012.
The new documentation standards can be found here. For example, you now must provide:
Be sure to bring the correct documentation with you. For additional information and a list of FAQs, click here.