How to Obtain a Georgia State ID

Someone performing a simple web search, using the terms “Georgia” and “state-issued ID,” will bring up the website for the Georgia (GA) Department of Driver Services (DDS). It’s here that you can find the requirements for obtaining a state-issued ID card or driver’s license, known as a GA Secure ID. Their website is: https://dds.georgia.gov/georgia-state-id-card

Fundamental Requirements

To begin with, there are no age restrictions. Anyone may apply, so long as that person is old enough to sign their name or make a mark – either of which will constitute a legally-binding signature.

Minors

The requirements for obtaining a GA Secure ID allow minors to present a valid U.S. passport, but it must accompany proof of guardianship. Proof of guardianship includes a birth certificate or certified, court-ordered documents.

Required Documentation

The state of Georgia accepts only certain types of identification for those wanting to obtain a valid GA Secure ID. To determine whether you already possess such, the GA Secure ID will have a white star inside a gold circle at the upper-right corner of your GA driver’s license or state-issued ID.

If you don’t already hold a GA Secure ID, even if you’re a citizen of GA, you will still need to bring certain forms of acceptable documentation. This also applies to all those holding an out-of-state ID card, an out-of-state driver’s license, or a foreign license.

Acceptable forms of ID needed to secure a GA Secure ID include the following requirements for U.S. and Non-U.S. citizens. Refer to the appropriate numbered section related to “Identity Documents.”

[1] Identity Documents (for U.S. citizens only) include one (1) of the following.

  • An original (or certified) birth certificate
  • A Consular Report of Birth Abroad (Form FS-240, DS-1350, or FS-545) issued by the U.S. Department of State
  • A U.S. passport or Passport Card that has not been expired for 10 years or more
  • A Certificate of Naturalization (Form N-550 or N570) issued by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
  • A Certificate of Citizenship (Form N-560 or N-561) issued by the U.S. DHS
  • A U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Form I-551 (a so-called “Green Card”)
  • A Social Security Administration (SSA) Numident Record, but only if the applicant’s date of birth is prior to January 1, 1940
  • Original U.S. military discharge papers, but only if the applicant’s date of birth is prior to January 1, 1940

[2] Identity Documents (for Non-U.S. citizens only) include one (1) bulleted set from those shown below, which include both a First Immigration Document and a Second Immigration Document for each set as indicated.

  • A First Immigration Document (for proof of identity): Unexpired Foreign Passport with valid U.S. Visa (Immigration Status: A, B, E, H, I, L, O, P, Q, R, S)

A Second Immigration Document (for proof of lawful status): Valid I-94 or I-797A (Notice of Action)

  • A First Immigration Document (for proof of identity): Unexpired Foreign Passport with valid U.S. Visa (Immigration Status F-1, F-2, J-1, J-2, M-1 or M-2)

A Second Immigration Document (for proof of lawful status): I-20 (for F-1, F-2, M-1, or M-2 Status) or DS-2019 (for J-1 or J-2 Status) and Valid 1-94 or I-797A (Notice of Action)

  • A First Immigration Document (for proof of identity): I-94 with Asylee or Refugee Status/Stamp

A Second Immigration Document (for proof of lawful status): Not required

  • A First Immigration Document (for proof of identity): I-766 with Category Code C08

A Second Immigration Document (for proof of lawful status): Not required

  • A First Immigration Document (for proof of identity): I-766 with Temporary Protection Status

A Second Immigration Document (for proof of lawful status): Not required

  • A First Immigration Document (for proof of identity): I-766 without Temporary Protection Status

A Second Immigration Document (for proof of lawful status): Unexpired Foreign Passport

  • A First Immigration Document (for proof of identity): I-766 with Category Codes C09, C10, C18, A11

A Second Immigration Document (for proof of lawful status): Proof of Pending Application to Adjust Status; I-797C (Notice of Action) with Case Types I-485, I-881 or Executive Office of Immigration Review (EOIR 42B). In some cases, other documentation issued by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), U.S. DHS, or other federal agencies may be acceptable to demonstrate lawful status as defined by Title 6 (Domestic Security) Code of Federal Regulation (CFR), Part 37, Section 37.3 and as determined by the USCIS.

  • A First Immigration Document (for proof of identity): I-551 or I-551 Stamp with photo on I-94 form

A Second Immigration Document (for proof of lawful status): Not required

  • A First Immigration Document (for proof of identity): I-551 Stamp

A Second Immigration Document (for proof of lawful status): Unexpired Foreign Passport

  • A First Immigration Document (for proof of identity): Visa Waiver Stamp

A Second Immigration Document (for proof of lawful status): Unexpired Foreign Passport

NOTE – GA DDS does not accept translated documents. The GA DDS will only issue a state-issued ID card or driver’s license if an applicant’s name exactly matches the original immigration documents. Furthermore, original immigration documentation must be submitted each time service is requested pertaining to a driver’s license or identification card. Lastly, a Non-U.S. citizen who establishes residency within the state must obtain a state-issued ID (or a driver’s license) within thirty (30) days of arrival.

 

[3] Both U.S. and Non-U.S. citizens must provide proof of a Social Security Number (SSN) from one (1) of the following.

  • An original, laminated original, or copy of your Social Security card
  • An IRS W-2 form showing the applicant’s full name and either a full or partial SSN
  • An SSA-1099 form showing the applicant’s full name and either a full or partial SSN
  • A Non-SSA-1099 form (i.e., an IRS 1099 form) showing the applicant’s full name and either a full or partial SSN
  • A pay stub showing the applicants full name and either a full or partial SSN
  • A SSN Denial Letter or SSA Refusal Letter
  • An SSA printout containing an SSA office stamp and an SSA employee signature showing an applicant’s full name and full SSN
  • A I-797C (Notice of Action) with applicant’s name, demographic information, and SSN (for Non-U.S. citizens only)
  • A federal or state tax return with applicant’s full name and full SSN. This is acceptable as proof of SSN for dependents as well.
  • A Medicare or Medicaid card showing the applicant’s full name and full SSN
  • An SSA annual statement showing the applicant’s full name
  • A Selective Service notice showing the applicant’s full name and SSN

NOTE – If you will have (or have had) a legal name change, you must register with the U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA) prior to visiting the GA DDS. For more information regarding this (and any other SSA requirements above), follow this link: http://www.socialsecurity.gov/ssnumber/ss5doc.htm