Limited Term DL/IDs

The Department of Driver Services (DDS) prints “LIMITED-TERM’ on Georgia driver’s licenses (DL) and identification cards (ID). The text is printed on cards for customers who are not United States citizens. To get this printed, customers must present documentation proving that they are lawfully present in the United States. These customers will include:

  • lawful permanent residents

  • students studying from abroad who establish residency in Georgia

  • individuals temporarily working in Georgia

  • the dependents of such individuals.

The Limited DL/ID cards issued will be valid for the customer’s approved length of stay in the country. Up to a maximum of five (5) years.


  • These cards grant the same privileges as regular Georgia driver’s licenses, permits, and ID cards. They should be accepted for activities such as banking, car rental, and shopping. 

  • Non-Citizen drivers must meet all other requirements to be licensed to drive in Georgia. 

  • Cards marked as "LIMITED-TERM" cannot be used to verify citizenship for voting purposes. Please check the Georgia Secretary of State Elections for additional information.

  • The cards will have the same security features and appearance as other Georgia DL/ID cards. The only difference will be the inclusion of the words “LIMITED-TERM”.

A Georgia DL/ID is not proof of lawful status in the United States. Note: An expired LIMITED-TERM card does not mean the person is in the country illegally.