COVINGTON -- Beginning July 1, Newton and Rockdale residents needing to renew or obtain a Georgia driver's license and/or identification card will have to take some extra steps in order to get approved.
The new rules are effective statewide and are related to what's called the Secure ID program. The program is aimed at ensuring the integrity of the credentials that the Department of Driver Services issues, and brings Georgia into compliance with upcoming federal requirements for air travel security screening and entry into federal buildings, according to a press release by the DDS. It also reduces the possibility of identity theft.
To obtain a Secure ID, Georgians will need to visit a customer service center and bring the following:
-- One document that proves identity and current full legal name, such as an original or certified copy of a U.S. birth certificate or a valid, unexpired U.S. passport. Those who have legally changed names need to present the certified document supporting the most recent name change.
-- Two documents showing proof of current residential address, such as mortgage payment coupon, deed, or property tax bill for the current or previous year; health insurance statement or explanation of benefits for claim; Medicare or Medicaid statement; paycheck, pay stub, letter from employer, W2 for current or previous year; school record for the current or previous school year; Georgia or federal income tax return for current or pervious year; or utility bill for services installed at their residential address, current valid rental contract or bank statements issued within the last 60 days. For minors or dependents, a valid Georgia driver's license or identification card issued to a parent or guardian is required.
-- One document proving full Social Security number, such as a Social Security card; W-2 form or paycheck with full Social Security number; a denial letter from the Social Security Administration; or SSA-1099 or non-SSA-1099 form with the full number listed.
-- Non-citizens will also need to provide a document approved by the Department of Homeland Security to prove legal presence and have their photograph and signature collected in person at least once every 16 years.
All current driver's licenses are valid until the expiration date.
Driver's license fees will not be impacted by the change. Customers will be required to renew in person but afterwards can make requests online as long the photo on their card is not more than 16 years old.
For more information, visit www.dds.ga.gov/secureid.