List of Acceptable Real ID Documents

  • Proof of Identity - US Citizens (1 Document)
    Bring 1 of the following documents:
    • U.S. Birth Certificate/Amended Birth Certificate – Original or certified copy (Includes U.S territories and the District of Columbia);  Must have a raised seal and be issued by Bureau of Vital Statistics or State Board of Health. 
    • U.S. Passport or Passport Card;
    • Consular Report of Birth Abroad issued by U.S. Department of State (FS-240, FS-545 or DS-1350);
    • Certificate of Naturalization (N-550, N-570) -  certified copy;
    • Certificate of Citizenship (N-560, N-561) - certified copy;
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  • Proof of Name Change (any and all name changes)

    If the name on your identity document differs from your current legal name, you must provide document(s) from the following list to show your name change history:

    • U.S. Passport or Passport Card;
    • Divorce Decree – Stating the name change - certified copy;
    • Court Order for Legal Name Change – certified copy;
    • Court Adoption Document – certified copy;
    • Marriage Certificate/License – certified copy; 
    • Marriage License Application - certified copy.
    IMPORTANT
    • Customers who hold a valid GA Driver's License or ID Card are to present the original or certified document which supports the most recent name change.
    • Customers who are new to Georgia must provide the complete trail of original or certified documents that support ALL name changes.
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  • Proof of Social Security Number (1 Document)
    Bring 1 of the following documents:
    • Social Security card – Original, laminated original or copy;
      • Note: Make sure you have registered with the SSA for a legal name change if applicable prior to visiting the DDS.
    • W-2 form with Applicant's name & full SSN;
    • SSA-1099 with Applicant's name & full SSN;
    • Non-SSA 1099 form with Applicant's name & full SSN;
    • Paystub with Applicant's name & full SSN

    NOTE: Customers can redact or cross out non-essential information on Proof of Social Security Number documents such as account numbers, financial figures or other information that does not obstruct your name and SSN.

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  • Proof of Georgia Residency (2 Documents)
    Bring 2 from any of the following document categories:

    The two (2) documents must be from separate sources or separate accounts (please redact account numbers).

    The documents must show your name and current residential address. P.O. Boxes do not prove residency.

    • Household Information – From current or preceding calendar year – Mortgage, payment coupon, Lease, deed, HUD settlement statement, escrow statement, property tax bill, Homeowners insurance policy or premium bill, title search documentation or Military housing agreement letter. Current (dated within past 2 years) valid rental contract/agreement, rent payment receipt for a home, apartment, mobile home, dorm, extended stay motel.
    • Any physical postmarked mail delivered by the U.S.P.S.
    • Documents Issued by Federal, State or Local Governments – From current or preceding calendar year – Social Security documentation, Annual Benefits statement, Numident record, Social Security check. Government assistance documents such as Medicare, Medicaid, unemployment insurance claims, Disability, WIC, Georgia or Federal Income Tax Return or refund check, Voter Registration card, unexpired firearms license, unexpired Merchant Marine license, I-797A, I-797C, correspondence from DDS, USPS Change of Address confirmation, Jury Summons, Military discharge benefit statement, and other documents issued by Federal/State/Municipal government.
    • Financial Statements - Dated within previous 2 years, please redact account numbers. Financial statement for bank/credit union account, investment account, credit card account or loan/credit financing.
    • Utility Bills – Dated within previous 2 years. Utility bill for services installed at your residential address (water, sewer, gas, electricity, cable/satellite TV, Internet, telephone/cell phone, or garbage collection). Please redact account numbers.
    • Motor Vehicle Information – Vehicle Registration or Title, Insurance policy or Insurance Card with address displayed.
    • Georgia Driver’s License – Valid GA Driver’s License or ID card with current address (valid means unexpired or expired less than two years). Minors and dependents, unexpired GA driver’s license, permit or ID card issued to parent, guardian or spouse residing in same household. For dependent parents, unexpired GA driver’s license, permit or ID card issued to a relative residing in the same household.
    • Employer Documentation – From current or preceding calendar year – Employer verification including paycheck, paycheck stub, letter from employer on company letterhead or W-2 form.
    • School Records – School record/transcript for the current or prior school year, report card, student loan documentation, or form DS-1.
    • Medical Statements – From current or preceding calendar year – Health insurance statement, explanation of benefits (EOB) for a claim, or a health care bill/invoice.
    • Other accepted documents: Department of Corrections Residency Verification Form (DS-752); Refugee Address Verification Affidavit (DS-20); letter from a shelter, half-way house, or other similar facility on letterhead, dated within the last six months. **Accepted as stand-alone proof of residency.
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  • Proof of Identity & Lawful Status - Non-US Citizens
    Bring 1 document for Proof of Identity and 1 document for Proof of Lawful Status (if required). 

    NOTE: Georgia Department of Driver Services does not accept translated documents. If a non-US Citizen establishes residency in Georgia, he or she must obtain a Georgia driver's license within thirty (30) days.

    DDS will only issue a driver's license in a name that exactly matches the original immigration documents. 

     

    Required Identification Documents for Non-Citizens

    First Immigration Document

    (For Proof of Identity)

    Second Immigration Document

    (For Proof of Lawful Status)

    Unexpired Foreign Passport with valid U.S. Visa

    (Immigration Status A, B, E, H, I, L, O, P, Q, R or S)

    Valid I-94 or I797 Notice of Action

    Unexpired Foreign Passport with valid U.S. Visa

    (Immigration Status F-1, F-2, J-1, J-2, M-1 or M-2)

    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 I-94 or I-797A Notice of Action

    Unexpired Passport with I-94 or I-551 with Asylee or Refugee Status/Stamp Not Required
    I-766 with Category Code: C08 Not Required
    I-766 with Temporary Protection Status Not Required
    I-766 without Temporary Protection Status Unexpired Foreign Passport
    I-766 with Category Codes C09, C10, C18, & A11 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 USCIS, DHS, or other federal agencies may be acceptable to demonstrate lawful status as defined by 6 C.F.R. 37.3 and as determined by USCIS.
    I-551 or I551 Stamp with Photo on I-94 form Not Required
    I-551 Stamp Unexpired Foreign Passport

     

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