Active Military and Dependents
Military personnel on active duty can request a Georgia driver's license/ID card renewal through the mail.
The same privilege is also extended to a military person's spouse and any licensed dependents or ID card holders living with the person who is on duty in a foreign domain or in a state other than Georgia.
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In-State Grace Period
Georgia law allows a six-month grace period for a service member whose Georgia driver's license expires while he/she is on active duty outside the State of Georgia. This grace period is not added to the expiration date.
Service members are allowed to drive in Georgia on an expired Georgia driver's license for six months after the date he/she is discharged or reassigned back into the state.
They are exempt from being cited for driving with an expired license. If cited, a copy of the official military orders or a written verification signed by his/her commanding officer must be brought into a Customer Service Center and a waiver will be issued.
Veteran and Honorary Licenses
Qualified Veterans are eligible for a free driver's license. The free driver's license can be issued for regular or long term. Qualified Veterans must submit an original Certificate of Eligibility (DS-516), approved by the Georgia Department of Veteran Services.
Customers age 64 and older are required to take and successfully complete an in person vision screening at each renewal period.
The spouse of a disabled honorably separated veteran who does not have a driver's license or the unmarried spouse of a deceased honorably separated veteran is entitled to the same driver's license available to the veteran. Applicant must submit an original Certificate of Eligibility (DS-516) approved by the Georgia Department of Veteran Services.
To obtain the Certificate of Eligibility (DS-516), submit the following documents to the State Department of Veteran Services.
- Present your separation papers (DD-214), declaring the following:
- Actual Wartime Service.
- Honorable Discharge.
- Applicant must be a resident of the state of Georgia, either at the time of entry into service or at least 2 consecutive years preceding date of application.
UNMARRIED SPOUSE – Present the death certificate of deceased spouse with the separation papers (DD-214).
*Activation for training purposes does not qualify an individual for a Georgia Veterans Driver's License.
- All members or former members of the Georgia National Guard or reserve forces, who have 20 or more years of creditable service, are entitled to a free veteran's license by submitting a document of certification stating the applicant's eligibility.
The Certificate of eligibility must be obtained from the Adjutant General of the State of Georgia and brought into any Customer Service Center to have a driver's license issued.
- A distinctive driver's license can be issued to any member of the Georgia National Guard in good standing and who has completed at least one year of satisfactory service by submitting a certificate of eligibility (DS-318). This driver's license is renewable during the time of service in the National Guard or until 20 years of service has been obtained which entitles you to a Veteran's License.
The Certificate of eligibility (DS-318) must be obtained from the local National Guard Commanding Officer and brought into any Customer Service Center to have a driver's license issued.
Medical Info on Driver’s License or Identification Card
Senate Bill 419 allows DDS to mark a driver’s license or identification card to show that the customer has Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) if requested by a member of the military or a veteran.
DDS will be offering this functionality to all customers, and PTSD is not the only medical condition allowed.
Original Application for Placement of Medical/Disability Information on License/Permit/Identification Card DS-29.
Last Updated On: 10/31/2016