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What steps does an immigrant need to take to obtain a Georgia’s Driver’s License or Identification Card?

Staying in compliance with the requirements to immigrate to a new country can be stressful enough.  However, obtaining identification in your new state of residence is imperative when you choose to establish your residency in the State of Georgia and the United States.  Georgia Law requires that any new resident, whether a US Citizen or immigrant, obtain a valid Georgia ID or driver’s license within 30 days of accepting employment, enrolling children in the State of Georgia school system, or if you have been in the state for more than 30 days.

I recommend that all new immigrants obtain identification as soon as possible before the 30-day statutory requirement. 

You may wonder, what documents should I bring with me to obtain a driver’s license?  That is a good question, and I have compiled a checklist of important documents you will need to obtain your Georgia identification. 

  •         Your original immigration paperwork (i.e. I-797 Approval Notice);
  •         Your current identification from your country of origin such as original birth certificate and passport;
  •          Your new US Social Security Card or Letter of Ineligibility for a Social Security Number; and, 
  •   Documentation verifying your new Georgia address;

A complete list of requirements can also be found at the Georgia Department of Driver’s Services website at https://dds.georgia.gov/information-non-us-citizens.


Tia Smith, Esq.
Daniels & Smith, LLC
Telephone (404) 719-5135

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