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Georgia launches more secure licenses and IDs

  • By The Newnan Times-Herald
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  • Aug. 10, 2019 - 8:37 PM

Georgia launches more secure licenses and IDs

Courtesy of Georgia Department of Drivers Services

The Georgia Department of Drivers Services is issuing new driver’s licenses featuring black and white identification photos.

The Georgia Department of Driver Services recently began issuing new, more secure driver’s licenses and identification cards at its 67 Customer Service Centers. 

The cards have a modern design and feel with “the most secure credentials the state of Georgia has ever issued,” according to a press release from the DDS. 

All previously issued Georgia licenses and ID cards will remain valid until expiration. At that time, customers will be issued a newly designed card, whether visiting in-person or via the DDS 2 GO mobile app.

 The new cards are made of premium polycarbonate plastic to reduce document forgery and protect against identity fraud, according to the press release. 

The most dramatic change is the adoption of the new industry best practice of using black and white customer photos on the licenses and IDs. Images are laser-engraved, virtually tamper-resistant, and they increase the overall security of the license, according to the DDS.

 The symbolic Georgia peach and outline of the state are also integrated into the design of the card. Licenses and ID cards for those under 21 will continue to have a vertical orientation. The Real ID Homeland Security Star continues to be at the top right corner when applicable, according to a press release from the DDS.

 As with the previous licensing process, a temporary license with photograph and barcode is issued to all customers whether visiting in person, choosing to use DDS 2 GO or online services. The temporary license serves as proof of driving privileges until the permanent card arrives by mail in approximately 30 days.

Customers are reminded that previously issued driver’s licenses and IDs will remain valid until their expiration. When it is time for renewal, the new cards will be available via the official DDS Mobile App, DDS 2 GO and DDS Online Services at These two renewal options offer a $5 discount to obtain the new and more secure card.