New to Georgia

You must apply for a Georgia driver's license within 30 days of becoming a Georgia resident. All Customer Service Centers can transfer an out of state license to a Georgia license. View the current fee information here.

Note: Knowledge (written) testing must begin at least 30 minutes before the center closes and all documents must be in English.


1. Exchange a Valid (or expired less than 2 years) Out of State License for a Georgia License

  • Be at least 18 years of age.
  • Surrender a valid out of state license or an out of state license expired less than two years. If you do not have the license in your possession, see the DDS's Lost or Expired Out of State License section on this page.
    1. An out of state license is defined as one issued by one the other 49 states and District of Columbia.
    2. If you have a license from outside the United States, see this DDS page.
    3. By surrendering a license as described above, you are exempt from the written and road test. Exception: Licenses from US Territories must pass the written and road tests.
    4. You will need to pass the vision exam.
  • Documents Required
    1. Visit the DDS Checklist of All Accepted Documents site for a complete list of all documents.
    2. Your social security number will be verified with the Social Security Administration and personal information must be consistent with both Agencies to be issued a license.
    3. All documents used to prove your identity must be original or certified copies. The DDS does not accept faxes or photocopies.

2. Lost and Expired Out of State License

  • If you do not have the out of state license in your possession, an original letter of clearance or certified driving record from the issuing state must be presented.
    • The letter or driving record must be dated within 30 days.
    • All licensing information from the issuing state must be included in the letter or driving record.
  • You must also provide proof of residency, identity and citizenship as noted above.
  • Out of state license expired
    • If the out of state license is expired for less than two years, you will only be required to take a vision test.
    • If the out of state license is expired for two years or more, you will be required to pass the written, road and vision exams.

3. Learners Permit

A person surrendering an out-of-state learner permit for a Georgia permit must meet all other licensing requirements. Written tests may be taken at any Customer Service Center and test must begin at least 30 minutes before office close time.

Notes: The state of issuance may have different requirements for those under age 18 than the teen driving requirements in Georgia. For specific information on teen driving requirements, contact the DDS. However, Georgia law requires that a teen hold a permit for one year and one day before being issued a driver license and time holding an out-of-state permit is counted.