State DDS rolls out new licenses, IDs

Shown are samples of the new designs for IDs and driver's licenses.

Georgia Department of Driver Services (DDS) began issuing new and more secure driver’s licenses and IDs at its Thomasville, Thomas County, customer service center recently. DDS is adding locations until the new design is available statewide. The cards are the most secure credentials the sate has issued. However, there is no need to renew until your current credential expires. All previously issued Georgia licenses and IDs will remain valid. Customers will be issued a newly-designed card whether visiting in person or using the official mobile app DDS 2 GO.

As with the previous licensing process, a temporary license with photograph and barcode is issued to all customers. The temporary license is printed on 8.5 x 11, white, paper and is a synopsis of each customer’s service. It serves as proof of driving privileges until the permanent card arrives in approximately 30 days.  

Customer fees for licenses and/or IDs will remain the same: an eight-year license or ID remains $32. Veteran, National Guard and other honorary licenses and IDs remains free to those who qualify. Under 21 cards remain horizontal and distinguishable from the Over 21 issuances.

Customers are encouraged to download the official Mobile App DDS 2 GO.If customers must visit in person, Tuesday is the busiest day statewide. The middle of the week, middle of the day, is the best time to visit for optimal wait times.