Georgia Department of Driver Services (DDS) Commissioner Spencer R. Moore was honored to be a presenter at the recent annual American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators (AAMVA) International Conference in Omaha, Nebraska.  Moore serves on the International Board of Directors and has been a vital member of the AAMVA community for nearly a decade.

Moore was asked to address the members and other attendees on the Real ID Act and Georgia’s steps to obtain compliance.  Georgia is in excellent shape as the deadline for the homeland security mandate approaches on October  1, 2020. 

The Commissioner explained the steps Georgia took to create a process to recertify Georgia cardholders proving identity, citizenship/lawful status and residency. DDS has issued 96.2% of its’ customers a Real ID driver’s license or ID Card.  With over eight million cardholders, it is expected that less than 20,000 of those on Georgia’s driver history data base could be without a Real ID on October 1, 2020.

Commissioner Moore provided lessons learned including the importance of a thorough communication plan and the flexibility to adjust procedures as needed.

“I am grateful for the opportunity to share Georgia’s efforts to implement this important homeland security enhancement with our counterparts throughout the country,” said Commissioner Moore. 

For customers without a Real ID card, please review the required documentation provided at this link and remember Tuesday is the busiest day to visit DDS in person.

Those citizens who have a Real ID black or gold star on their card do not have to present documentation again or visit in person.  DDS recommends downloading the free mobile app, DDS 2 GO, to renew or replace a license or ID and receive a five-dollar discount.


The American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators (AAMVA) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to enhancing safety and security for driver and vehicle licensing, administration and related enforcement.  AAMVA develops model programs in motor vehicle administration, law enforcement and highway safety. The association's programs encourage uniformity and reciprocity among the states and provinces, and liaisons with other levels of government and the private sector.