CONYERS — Georgians who obtain a new drivers license or state identification card can have new information added to the card — their blood type.
According to Georgia Department of Driver Services (DDS) Commissioner Rob Mikell, the added information, which is completely optional, may help medical personnel during an emergency.
“In an emergency situation, medical personnel need up-to-date health information to quickly and efficiently treat injuries,” according to Gov. Nathan Deal. “To better assist these first responders, our Department of Driver Services is now giving Georgians the option to include their blood type on their license or identification cards. This is yet another example of our continued commitment to the safety and well-being of our state’s drivers.”
“I am grateful for the support of Gov. Deal and the partnership with Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald, commissioner, Department of Public Health (DPH), to inform our customers of this new option,” said Mikell. “It is completely optional but may serve as an important medical alert for those that utilize it.”
“Every second matters in an emergency,” said Fitzgerald, commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Health. “If a person becomes incapacitated and cannot speak, it’s our hope that this information could speak for them, alerting rescuers to the person’s blood type and saving precious time.”
On the application for issuance or renewal of a drivers license or ID card, customers can indicate if they would like their blood type printed on the back of their permanent card. A customer who indicates yes will then select their blood type. The customer’s permanent license or ID will have their blood type printed on the back of the card under Medical Information.
For complete driver education, licensing and testing information including many online services, please visit www.dds.ga.gov.