Limited Term DL/IDs

The Department of Driver Services (DDS) print “LIMITED-TERM’ on Georgia driver’s licenses (DL) and identification cards (ID) issued to customers who are not United States citizens but who have presented 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 DL/ID cards issued to these customers will be valid for the period of each 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. 

  • In addition to having their lawful status in the U.S. verified, Non-Citizen drivers must meet all other requirements to be licensed to drive in Georgia . All non-US Citizens must provide documents to prove identity, residency, and registration with the Social Security Administration.

  • Please note that cards marked as "LIMITED-TERM" cannot be used to verify citizenship for voting purposes. Please check with the Secretary of State's office and/or the Secretary of State's Website 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 U.S. so it is important to note that an expired LIMITED-TERM card does not mean the person is in the country illegally.