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How Do I Get a Honorary Veteran Driver's License?
For a spouse of a disabled separated veteran or a surviving spouse (who has not remarried) of a deceased separated veteran.
- Applicant must be:
- a spouse of a disabled separated veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces who does not have a driver's license
- a surviving spouse (who has not remarried) of a deceased separated veteran.
- The spouse must be a resident of Georgia at the time of application.
- Applicant must be:
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Get the required documents
Applicants must submit an original Certificate of Eligibility (DS-516B) , approved by the Georgia Department of Veterans Service, upon presentation of their spouse's Armed Forces Separation Papers (DD-214). The DS516B must be presented upon initial request for services. Please visit the Georgia Department of Veterans Service for more information.
An unmarried surviving spouse must submit the death certificate to Veterans Services to obtain the Certificate of Eligibility (DS-516B) .
- You must present documentation showing your identity, residential address, and US citizenship or proof of lawful status in the United States. Your full Social Security Number must be provided on the required online License/ID/Permit Form. Please refer to Real ID Requirements for more information.
- You must surrender any out-of-state driver's license, permit, or ID Card.
If you were issued a driver's license/permit/ID card in another state, and that card has been lost or stolen:
- You must provide a copy of your driving record or motor vehicle report (MVR) from the state that issued the card.
- The MVR must be dated within the last 60 days.
- Note: A copy can be faxed to DDS directly from the other state agency.
- All documents must be in English.
At your visit
Be prepared to:
- Show all your documents.
- Submit the required Certificate of Eligibility (DS-516B) .
- Pass a Vision Exam upon initial issuance. Customers age 64 and older are required to take and successfully complete a vision screening at each renewal period. See Senior Drivers for more information.
- Qualified applicants may be eligible for a free driver's license as shown on the completed DS516B. See Fees and Terms for more information
- If you plan to apply for any other class of driver's license, you will be required to successfully take and pass any required test for that license class.
- Applicants with a veteran driver's license or id card may be exempt from paying renewal, testing, and application fees.
For additional information visit: Military, Veterans, and National Guard
For other classes of license, IDs, and permits: License, ID, and Permit Types
Medical Info on Driver's License or ID Card
- Members of the armed services and veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) may request the medical condition be placed on their license. A diagnosis from a Licensed Medical Doctor is required.
- DDS will be offering this to all customers, and PTSD is not the only medical condition allowed.
- View the License Medical/Disability Application Form for more information.