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Veteran’s Driver’s License

An honorably discharged veteran is entitled to a free veteran’s driver’s license if two criteria are met: Georgia residency and service during a recognized period of war or conflict. 
 
Effective April 15, 2014, a veteran who does not meet these criteria may still apply for a veteran’s driver’s license, but normal license fees will apply. 
 
There are two ways to meet the Georgia residency requirement: 
 
  • The veteran entered service from Georgia (as shown on DD Form 214) and is a current resident of Georgia.
  • The veteran has been a legal Georgia resident for the past two consecutive years.
Honorable military service qualifies if a veteran served on active duty during a period of recognized war or conflict. This includes service in the National Guard or the Reserves, if such service included placement on active duty during a recognized war or conflict. It does not include periodic transfer from reserve status to active duty for training purposes. 
 
Recognized service periods:
 
  • World War II: December 7, 1941 – December 31, 1946
  • Korea: June 27, 1950 – January 31, 1955
  • Lebanon Conflict: July 1, 1958 – November 1, 1958
  • Vietnam: July 1, 1958 – May 7, 1975
  • Berlin Conflict: August 14, 1961 – June 1, 1963.
  • Dominican Republic Conflict: April 28, 1965 – Sept. 21, 1966
  • Grenada Conflict: October 23, 1983 – November 21, 1983
  • Panama Liberation: December 30, 1989 – February 15, 1990 
  • Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Kuwait, Persian Gulf: August 2, 1990 – ending date unknown at this time
Also, honorable military service qualifies if a veteran is a member or former member of the National Guard and has 20 or more years of creditable service. The veteran should obtain certification from the Adjutant General of the State of Georgia and include it with the other required documentation.  
 
In order to obtain a veteran’s driver’s license (free or paid), the applying veteran must take the required documentation to a Georgia Department of Veterans Service field office. A Field Service Officer will verify the veteran’s eligibility and issue a Certificate of Eligibility (DS-516).  
 
The veteran must then take the completed DS-516, together with Secure Driver's License & ID Required Documents (birth certificate or passport; Social Security card; two documents showing residential address; and, if applicable, name change documentation) to a Georgia Department of Driver Services (DDS) office. A DDS representative will administer a vision exam, verify the veteran’s eligibility, and issue a veteran’s driver’s license. DDS also requires a vision exam for renewal after 60 years of age. For more information, call 678-413-8400 inside the Metro Atlanta area; or 866-754-3687 inside Georgia, but outside the Metro Atlanta area; or visit dds.ga.gov.
 
[O.C.G.A. § 40-5-36]
 

Honorary Driver’s License – Spouse 

The spouse of a qualified veteran, whose disabilities preclude operating a motor vehicle, is eligible for a free honorary driver’s license. Residence and qualifying service terms are the same as stated for a free veteran’s driver’s license.  
 
The surviving spouse of an eligible deceased veteran is eligible for a free honorary driver’s license as long as not remarried. Residence and qualifying service terms are the same as stated for a free veteran’s driver’s license.
 
In order to obtain a free honorary driver’s license, take proof of the spouse’s qualifying service and residency to a Georgia Department of Veterans Service field office. Also provide verification of spouse’s disabilities that preclude operating a motor vehicle or a copy of spouse’s death certificate, whichever is applicable. A Field Service Officer will verify the spouse’s eligibility and issue a completed Certificate of Eligibility (DS-516).
 
The spouse must then take the completed Certificate of Eligibility (DS-516), together with Secure Driver's License & ID Required Documents (birth certificate or passport; Social Security card; two documents showing residential address; and, if applicable, name change documentation) to a Georgia Department of Driver Services (DDS) office. A DDS representative will administer a vision exam, verify eligibility, and issue a free honorary driver’s license. DDS also requires a vision exam for renewal after 60 years of age. For more information, call 678-413-8400 inside the Metro Atlanta area; or 866-754-3687 inside Georgia, but outside the Metro Atlanta area; or visit dds.ga.gov
 
[O.C.G.A. § 40-5-36]
 

National Guard Driver’s License

Any member of the Georgia National Guard or Reserve who is in good standing and has completed at least one year of satisfactory service is eligible for a free National Guard Driver’s License.  
 
In order to apply, an eligible member should obtain a Certificate of Eligibility (DS-318) from his/her local National Guard Commanding Officer and take it, together with Secure Driver's License & ID Required Documents (birth certificate or passport; Social Security card; two documents showing residential address; and, if applicable, name change documentation) to a Georgia Department of Driver Services (DDS) office. A DDS representative will administer a vision exam, verify his/her eligibility, and issue a free National Guard driver’s license. For more information, call 678-413-8400 inside the Metro Atlanta area; or 866-754-3687 inside Georgia, but outside the Metro Atlanta area; or visit dds.ga.gov.  
 
A member of the National Guard with 20 years of service may obtain a free veteran’s driver’s license. Please refer to the eligibility requirements and application procedures described under Veteran’s Driver’s License section.
 
[O.C.G.A. § 40-5-36]