Military, Veterans, and National Guard

Active Military and Dependents

  • Military personnel on active duty can request a Georgia driver's license/ID card renewal through the mail.

Military Photo Attention to Flag

  • The same privilege is also extended to a military person's spouse and any licensed dependents or ID card holders living with the person who is on duty in a foreign domain or in a state other than Georgia.
  • For complete information and instructions use the Download this pdf file. Mail-in Renewal Packet .

In-State Grace Period

  • Georgia law allows a six-month grace period for a service member whose Georgia driver's license expires while he/she is on active duty outside the State of Georgia. This grace period is not added to the expiration date.  If the service member's license is not a GA Driver's License, this provision does not apply.  The service member should contact the issuing state for more information. 
  • Service members are allowed to drive in Georgia on an expired Georgia driver's license for six months after the date he/she is discharged or reassigned back into the state.
  • They are exempt from being cited for driving with an expired license. If cited, a copy of the official military orders or a written verification signed by his/her commanding officer must be brought into a Customer Service Center and a waiver will be issued.

Veteran and Honorary Licenses

  • Qualified Veterans are eligible for a free driver's license. Qualified Veterans must submit an original Download this pdf file.Certificate of Eligibility (DS-516) , approved by the Georgia Department of Veteran Services.
  • 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.
  • The spouse of a disabled honorably separated veteran who does not have a driver's license or the unmarried spouse of a deceased honorably separated veteran is entitled to the same driver's license available to the veteran. Applicant must submit an original Download this pdf file.Certificate of Eligibility (DS-516) , approved by the Georgia Department of Veteran Services.

*Activation for training purposes does not qualify an individual for a Georgia Veterans Driver's License.

National Guard

  • Former members of the Georgia National Guard or reserve forces, who have 20 or more years of creditable service, are entitled to a free veteran's license by submitting a document of certification stating the applicant's eligibility.

    The Certificate of eligibility must be obtained from the Adjutant General of the State of Georgia and brought into any Customer Service Center to have a driver's license issued.

  • A distinctive driver's license can be issued to any member of the Georgia National Guard in good standing and who has completed at least one year of satisfactory service by submitting a Download this pdf file.Certificate of Eligibility (DS-318) . This driver's license is renewable during the time of service in the National Guard or until 20 years of service has been obtained which entitles you to a Veteran's License.

    The Download this pdf file.Certificate of Eligibility (DS-318) must be obtained from the local National Guard Commanding Officer and brought into any Customer Service Center to have a driver's license issued.

Medical Info on Driver’s License or Identification Card

  • Senate Bill 419 allows DDS to mark a driver’s license or identification card to show that the customer has Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) if requested by a member of the military or a veteran.
  • DDS will be offering this functionality to all customers, and PTSD is not the only medical condition allowed.
  • View the Download this pdf file.License Medical/Disability Application Form for more information.

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