Drivers From Other Nations
Drivers with foreign licenses, do not need to apply for a Georgia license unless they become a resident of Georgia.
If you become a resident, you must meet the requirements for Identity, Citizenship, and Residency. If you are driving in Georgia with a license issued by a driver's licensing authority of a foreign country, a law enforcement officer may ask for your passport or visa to verify the validity of your driver's license. See Georgia Rule O.C.G.A. § 40-5-21 for information.
All documents must be in English.
- Georgia recognizes driver licenses issued by countries that have a reciprocal agreement with the Georgia DDS. The driver's license must be equivalent to a Georgia Class C Regular License.
- Driver licenses issued by the Republic of South Korea and accompanied by a License Certification Letter from the South Korean Consulate are exempt from taking the Georgia knowledge (written) and road tests. You will be required to take and pass a vision exam.
- If you are a driver from a nation that does not have a reciprocal agreement with DDS, you will be required to take and pass a Georgia's written, road and vision test to get your Georgia Driver's License.
- All drivers are required to present their Foreign/International License/or ID Card.
- South Korea ONLY: You must also present a letter from the South Korean Consulate.
- All Foreign/International Licenses will be returned with the following exceptions:
- You are applying for a Commercial License or Permit.
- You are a US Citizens with a license, permit, or ID card issued by any foreign jurisdiction or US Territory.
- Customers with dual citizenship US and foreign may choose whether or not they wish to retain a foreign driver's license unless applying for a Commercial License or Permit.
Social Security Number Requirements
- All applicants must provide either a Social Security number or a letter of ineligibility for a Social Security Card Denial Notice (Form SSAL 676). All non-US Citizens who are not authorized to work in the United States, under their current immigration status, will need to obtain the Form SSA-L676.
- Collection and verification of social security numbers are required by state and federal law prior to issuance of a driver’s license or ID card. You must present this form if required when visiting a Customer Service Center.
IF YOU ARE NOT ELIGIBLE FOR A SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER
You must get a letter of ineligibility, (Form SSAL676), from the Social Security Administration if the Department of Homeland Security has not given you permission to work in the United States.
SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBERS BASED ON WORK AUTHORIZATION:
Non-citizens who have permission from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to work in the United States must apply for a Social Security number. To apply for a Social Security number or for further details on social security numbers for non-US citizens visit, www.ssa.gov
- Documents showing your identity
- Residential address
- U.S. citizenship or proof of lawful status in the United States, please visit Real ID Requirements for more information.
Non-Citizens Driver’s License, Permit or Identification Card One-Time Extension
The DDS provides a one-time 120-day extension for any non-citizen who meets the following requirements:
- Must be an existing DDS customer
- The Georgia license, permit, or ID card must have expired or must be expiring within thirty (30) days
- Must show proof of requesting an extension for time to remain lawfully within the U.S by presenting an original I-797C Notice of Action.