As many as 750,000 Georgians whose licenses and state identification are up for renewal this year will find themselves trekking to the a state driver’s license office before Dec. 31 with potentially long waits. A new rule requires them to bring documents proving they are who they say they are, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
Susan Sports, spokewoman of the state Department of Driver Services, said the federal government required states to develop a more secure identification in the wake of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack. The state has been implementing various changes to licenses and identification cards at different phases. The state has until 2017 to get license holders over age 50 in compliance.
“The majority of customers we have spoken with think it is a small incovenience to do something to increase homeland security,” Sports said. “But there is always a group that doesn’t appreciate the extra trouble.”
Drivers, whether they have lived in Georgia five years or 50 years, will have to bring an original or certified birth certificate, social security card and proof of where they live.
An unexpired passport can substitute for a birth certificate. Power bills or bank statements can be used to prove residency at an address. For a complete list acceptable documents, go to the DDS website at http://www.dds.ga.gov/drivers/index.aspx